Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tennis psychologist Fox to speak in Sacramento area

   Allen Fox, a renowned tennis psychologist and author and formerly a top player and coach, will speak at the Gorin Tennis Academy in the Sacramento area on June 29 at 5:30 p.m.
   The public is invited to attend at $10 per person. The Gorin Tennis Academy is located at 8970 Carriage Drive in Granite Bay.
   Fox, who will turn 73 on Monday, has worked with players such as former world No. 1s John McEnroe and Dinara Safina as well as former top-20 players Sam Querrey and Dmitry Tursunov. Fox has written four books, including "Tennis: Winning the Mental Match"  (2010) and "Think to Win: The Strategic Dimension of Tennis" (1993). He earned a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA.
   A three-time All-American (1959-61) at UCLA, Fox won the NCAA singles title in 1961 and the doubles crown with Larry Nagler in 1960. Fox spent five years in the top 10 in the United States, played on the Davis Cup team for three years and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1965.
   Fox coached the Pepperdine men from 1979 to 1995, compiling a record of 368–108 (.778). His teams, which included Brad Gilbert, reached the NCAA final twice, the semifinals three times and the quarterfinals six times.
   ATP World Tour -- Philipp Petzschner of Germany ousted defending champion Tursunov, a Moscow native living in the Sacramento suburb of Folsom, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the grass-court UNICEF Open in s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. 
   Men's Futures -- Devin Britton skyrocketed 107 places to a career-high No. 449 in the world with his singles title in the recent $15,000 Tennis Town Pro Tennis at Park Terrace tournament in Sacramento. The 21-year-old resident of Brandon, Miss., won the 2009 NCAA singles crown as a freshman at Mississippi.
   Meanwhile, Jeff Dadamo jumped 77 spots to a career-high No. 554 with his runner-up finish in Sacramento. The 22-year-old Tampa, Fla., resident captured last year's NCAA doubles crown as a senior at Texas A&M.
(Players with Northern California connections only)
Wimbledon qualifying
First-round men's singles
   Ryan Sweeting (21), Capitals/Fort Lauderdale, Fla., def. Alex Kuznetsov, Tampa, Fla., 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom/Taiwan, def. Dusan Lajovic, Serbia, 6-4, 6-1.   
First-round men's doubles
   Rik de Voest, South Africa, and Adil Shamasdin, Canada, def. John-Paul Fruttero (ex-Cal All-American), San Jose, and Raven Klaasen (1), South Africa, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3.
   Today-Thursday -- Wimbledon qualifying.
   Wednesday -- Wimbledon seedings announced.
   Friday -- Wimbledon draw conducted.
   MONDAY-JULY 8 -- WIMBLEDON, www.wimbledon.com.
   June 29 -- Speech by renowned tennis psychologist and author Allen Fox, 5:30 p.m., Gorin Tennis Academy, 8970 Carriage Drive, Granite Bay (Sacramento area), $10, (916) 797-8444.
   July 7-15 -- WTA, Bank of the West Classic, Stanford University, www.bankofthewestclassic.com.
   July 9 -- World TeamTennis, Sacramento Capitals' season opener at Boston, 4 p.m., www.saccaps.com.
   July 12 -- World TeamTennis, Capitals' home opener (with Mardy Fish) vs. Kansas City, Sunrise Marketplace Stadium, Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights, 7:35 p.m., www.saccaps.com.
   July 12 -- 2012 Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony (Nick Saviano, Andrea Norman, Steve Cornell and Martha Downing), Stanford University, Pac 12 Plaza/Cardinal Plaza, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., tickets $75 each at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=230538.
   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. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 3 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mardy Fish, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 12 in singles (no change), No. 723 in doubles (+2).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 96 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 71 in doubles (-3), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 39 in doubles (+4), unranked in singles.
   Conor Niland, 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American at Cal -- No. 370 in singles (+1), unranked in doubles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 63 in singles (+14), No. 60 in doubles (-1).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 129 in singles (+5), No. 852 in doubles (-3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 128 in singles (-62), No. 205 in doubles (+1).
   Jimmy Wang, Folsom resident -- No. 207 in singles (-7), No. 354 in doubles (+22).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- Career-high No. 646 in singles (+23), No. 1,006 in doubles (+375).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 23 in doubles (no change), No. 722 in singles (+4).
   Asia Muhammed, Capitals (2012) -- No. 178 in doubles (+12), No. 410 in singles (+2).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 138 in doubles (-1), No. 224 in singles (-2).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 146 in doubles (-6), No. 431 in singles (-24).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 556 in singles (+2), No. 1,160 in doubles (+28).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 132 in singles (-2), No. 515 in doubles (-229).


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