Tuesday, February 14, 2012

McEnroe, Sock win doubles exhibition at SAP Open

   John McEnroe and Jack Sock defeated Steve Johnson and Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in an exhibition doubles match Monday night in the SAP Open at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
   Nine of McEnroe's 78 career doubles titles and five of his 77 singles crowns came in the San Francisco Bay Area. The International Tennis Hall of Famer, who will turn 53 Thursday, returned to the SAP Open for the first time since winning the doubles title with Jonas Bjorkman six years ago.
   McEnroe had been scheduled to play with Milos Raonic, the defending singles champion, but the 21-year-old Canadian withdrew with a knee injury. The 6-foot-5 Raonic, who has a first-round bye in singles as the third seed, still is scheduled to play in Wednesday night's second match against 5-10 Tobias Kamke of Germany.
   Kamke, who won the 2010 Challenger in Tiburon (50 miles north of San Jose), beat Izak Van der Merwe of South Africa 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round.
   In a late match, sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson, a 6-8 South African, edged Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in 2 hours, 27 minutes. At 20 years old, the 82nd-ranked Dimitrov is the third-youngest player in the top 100 behind No. 36 Bernard Tomic (19 years, 4 months) of Australia and No. 94 Ryan Harrison (19 years, 9 months) of Bradenton, Fla.
   Harrison, who made a victorious Davis Cup debut Sunday in Switzerland, is set to play eighth-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium on Wednesday in the first round of the SAP Open. Tomic withdrew from the tournament to face two driving charges in Australia.
   Anderson, who won a Futures title in Sacramento five years ago, and Dimitrov made their SAP Open debuts.
SAP Open
In San Jose
Final-round singles qualifying
   Dennis Lajola, United States, def. Yuki Bhambri, India, 6-4, 6-4.
   Tim Smyczek, United States, def. Ricardas Berankis, Lithuania, 6-3, 4-2, ret.
   Denis Kudla, United States, def. Blake Strode, United States, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4.
   Dimitar Kutrovsky, Bulgaria, def. Luka Gregorc, Slovenia, 6-2, 6-0.
First-round singles
   Tobias Kamke, Germany, def. Izak Van der Merwe, South Africa, 6-3, 6-3.
   Kevin Anderson (5), South Africa, def. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).
First-round doubles
   Sam Querrey and Jack Sock, United States, def. Julian Knowle, Austria, and Michael Kohlmann, Germany, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-5 tiebreak.
   Paul Hanley, Australia, and Jamie Murray (3), Britain, def. Philipp Marx, Germany, and Adil Shamasdin, Canada, 6-3, 7-6 (7).
Today's schedule
Stadium Court
First round singles and doubles
(Beginning at 9:30 a.m.)
   Dimitar Kutrovsky (qualifier), Bulgaria, vs. Dennis Lajola (qualifier), United States.
   Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, vs. Tim Smyczek (qualifier), United States.
   Jack Sock (wild card), United States, vs. Denis Kudla (qualifier), United States.
   Steve Johnson (wild card), United States, vs. Steve Darcis, Belgium.
   Julien Benneteau and Gael Monfils, France, vs. defending champions Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram (2), United States.   
Beginning at 7 p.m.
   Xavier Malisse, Belgium, vs. Robby Ginepri (wild card), United States.
   Donald Young (7), United States, vs. Michael Russell, United States.
   New rankings -- Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
    Bob Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
    Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
    John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- Career-high No. 110 in doubles (+5), unranked in singles.
    Kiryl Harbatsiuk, three-time Big Sky Conference MVP (2009-11) at Sacramento State -- No. 764 in singles (+4), No. 1,245 in doubles (+2).
   Mark Knowles, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2001-07, 2009-11) -- No. 63 in doubles (+2), unranked in singles.
    Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 28 in doubles (-2), unranked in singles.
    David Martin, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 161 in doubles (+1), No. 757 in singles (+4).
    Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 311 in singles (no change), unranked in doubles.
    Sam Querrey, San Francisco native -- No. 85 in singles (no change), No. 39 in doubles (-1).
    Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 52 in singles (-3), No. 211 in doubles (+1).
    Dusan Vemic, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 645 in doubles (+1), No. 1,502 in singles (no change).
    Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 226 in singles (+3), No. 486 in doubles (+90).
    Vania King, Capitals (2010-11) -- No. 6 in doubles (no change), No. 57 in singles (+2).
    Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 39 in doubles (no change), No. 722 in singles (+5).
    Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- Career-high No. 230 in doubles (+40), career-high No. 605 in singles (+94).
    Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis (2011) -- Career-high No. 179 in doubles (+13), career-high No. 377 in singles (+16).

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