Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ex-Wimbledon doubles champ Brown dies at 89

   Two-time Wimbledon doubles champion Tom Brown died of Alzheimer's disease on Oct. 27 in Castro Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. He was 89.
   At Wimbledon in 1946, Brown won the men's doubles title with Jack Kramer and the mixed doubles title with Louise Brough. Brown lost to Kramer in the singles final at the U.S. Nationals in 1946 and Wimbledon in 1947.
   Brown retired from his San Francisco law practice in 1987 and won the USTA National Men's 65 singles championships on four surfaces: grass, clay, hardcourt and indoors. He played competitively into his 80s and wrote a book, "As Tom Goes By: A Tennis Memoir,"  in 2007.
   Bryans falter -- Top seeds and former Stanford All-Americans Bob and Mike Bryan lost to French wild cards Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (6), 3-6, 10-8 tiebreak Thursday in the second round of the $3.78 million BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
   The 33-year-old Bryan twins will be seeded first in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Nov. 20-27 in London. They will seek their fourth title in the tournament after winning in 2003 and 2004 in Houston and 2009 in London.
   Schnack, Sanchez advance in doubles -- Yasmin Schnack of Elk Grove in the Sacramento area and Maria Sanchez of Modesto edged Elizabeth Lumpkin of Naperville, Ill., and Iona-Raluca Olaru of Romania 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 Friday in the doubles quarterfinals of the $75,000 Goldwater Women's Tennis Classic in Phoenix.
   Schnack and Lumpkin played on UCLA's 2008 NCAA championship team.
   Niland ousted -- Unseeded Conor Niland, a former Cal All-American from Ireland, fell to second-seeded Tobias Kamke of Germany 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 Thursday in the second round of the $58,794 Challenger in Loughborough, England. Kamke won last year's Tiburon Challenger.
   Sacramento Clay Court semis set -- Jordan Boyls and Mark Tappan will meet Bryan Paveglio and Mike Smith in today's first semifinal of the Sacramento Clay Court League in Fair Oaks. Chris Evers and Dave Hagiwara will face Dan Becker and John Spoerl in the second semifinal. The final is scheduled for Sunday in Orangevale.

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