Tuesday, August 14, 2012

NORCAL TENNIS CZAR CHANGES FORMAT

   Beginning now, NorCal Tennis Czar will provide more quality and less quantity.
   I will continue to post the television schedule, rankings and calendar weekly, usually early Tuesday morning, and cover Northern California professional tournaments daily.
   But instead of tracking players' results daily, I will write one or two stories -- news, profiles, features, notes or columns -- a week. I have a lot of good ideas.
   Thank you for reading NorCal Tennis Czar.
TV SCHEDULE  
(All times PDT)
   Today -- Cincinnati (men and women), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (live).
   Wednesday -- Cincinnati (men and women), early rounds, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (live).
   Thursday -- Cincinnati (men and women), early rounds, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), 4-7 p.m. (live).
   Friday -- Cincinnati (men and women), quarterfinals, ESPN2, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), 4-6 p.m. (live).
   Saturday -- Cincinnati (men and women), semifinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (live), 4-8 p.m. (live).
   Sunday -- Cincinnati, men's final, CBS, 9:30 a.m.-noon (live), women's final, ESPN2, 1-3 p.m. (live).
PRO RANKINGS
   Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Kevin Anderson, Sacramento Capitals (2012) of World TeamTennis -- No. 34 in singles (-2), No. 94 in doubles (-2).
   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, Capitals (2012) -- No. 20 in singles (-7), No. 737 in doubles (-4).
   John Paul Fruttero, Cal All-American in 2001 and 2002 -- No. 97 in doubles (-1), unranked in singles.
   Artem Ilyushin, Granite Bay resident -- No. 876 in singles (+36), No. 1,253 in doubles (+312).
   Bradley Klahn, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 489 in singles (+66), No. 1,045 in doubles (-2). 
   Mark Knowles, Capitals (2001-07, 2009-12), three-time World TeamTennis Male MVP (2001, 2005 and 2007) -- No. 99 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Scott Lipsky, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 32 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, San Francisco native, Capitals (2012) -- No. 29 in singles (+6), No. 45 in doubles (no change).
   Ryan Sweeting, Capitals (2012) -- No. 128 in singles (+2), No. 855 in doubles (-3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, Folsom resident -- No. 147 in singles (+3), No. 184 in doubles (-3).
   Jimmy Wang, trains part-time in Granite Bay -- No. 183 in singles (+12), No. 348 in doubles (-4).
   Pedro Zerbini, All-Pacific-10 Conference first team at Cal (2009-11) -- No. 626 in singles (+4), No. 716 in doubles (+18).
Women
   Jana Juricova, NCAA singles (2011) and doubles (2009) champion from Cal -- No. 939 in singles (-1), unranked in doubles.
   Vania King, Capitals (2010-12) -- No. 5 in doubles (no change), No. 51 in singles (+1).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 19 in doubles (no change), No. 710 in singles (-5).
   Asia Muhammad, Capitals (2012) -- No. 219 in doubles (-1), No. 553 in singles (-4).
   Maria Sanchez, Modesto resident -- No. 155 in doubles (-1), career-high No. 215 in singles (+2).
   Yasmin Schnack, Elk Grove resident, Capitals (2011-12) -- No. 152 in doubles (+1), No. 459 in singles (-4).
   Romana Tedjakusuma, Tracy resident -- No. 468 in singles (-4), No. 1,135 in doubles (-4).
   CoCo Vandeweghe, Capitals (2009, 2012) -- No. 72 in singles (+2), No. 496 in doubles (+5).
CALENDAR
   Aug. 27-Sept. 9 -- U.S. OPEN, Flushing Meadows, N.Y., www.usopen.org.
   Sept. 9-16 -- $25,000 USTA Oak River Rehab Challenger, Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, 3452 Argyle Road, Redding, Calif., 96002, www.sunoakschallenger.com, (530) 227-3498.
   Sept. 14 -- World TeamTennis, Western Conference finals, Sacramento Capitals vs. Orange County Breakers, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 15 -- WTT, Eastern Conference finals, Washington Kastles vs. New York Sportimes, 3:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 16 -- WTT Finals, Western Conference champion vs. Eastern Conference champion, 12:30 p.m. PDT, Charleston, S.C.
   Sept. 29-Oct. 7 -- Natomas Men's $100,000 Challenger, Natomas Racquet Club, 2450 Natomas Park Drive, Sacramento, Calif., 95833, www.natomaschallenger.com, (916) 649-0909.
   Oct. 6-14 -- First Republic Bank Men's $100,000 Challenger, Tiburon Peninsula Club, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon, Calif., 94920, www.tiburon challenger.com, (415) 789-7900.

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