Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rankings mover of the week: Dmitry Tursunov (down)

Dmitry Tursunov has been sidelined since Wimbledon with
a left ankle injury. File photo by Paul Bauman
   Dmitry Tursunov, a Russian veteran based in the Sacramento area, continues to fall in the rankings while sitting out with a left ankle injury.
   Tursunov, who trains at the Gorin Tennis Academy in Granite Bay, dropped 17 places to No. 57 in the world. His ranking points from reaching the quarterfinals at Cincinnati last year dropped off the computer. He was No. 30 three weeks ago, 10 spots below his career high in 2006.  
   The 31-year-old Tursunov, who has battled injuries throughout his career, has not played since losing to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the first round at Wimbledon in late June.
   Tursunov "will try" to play in the U.S. Open, his manager, Michael Gorin, wrote in an e-mail. Gorin is the father of academy owner Vitaly Gorin, who coaches Tursunov.
   The year's last Grand Slam tournament is scheduled for Monday through Sept. 8 in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The draw will be held Thursday.
   There's more bad news for Tursunov.
   He will fall to about No. 68 on Monday because he's not playing this week after advancing to the quarterfinals at Winston-Salem last year.
   And if he doesn't play in the U.S. Open, where he gained the third round last year before -- surprise -- retiring against eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet with a pulled thigh muscle and cramps, he'll plunge to around No. 78. 
   Even if Tursunov does play in the U.S. Open, he will be unseeded, so he could face a seed in the first or second round. He was seeded No. 32 last year.      
   Meanwhile, Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native and former member of the now-defunct Sacramento Capitals in World TeamTennis, jumped 38 notches in doubles to No. 62 after reaching the semifinals at Cincinnati with Steve Johnson.
   Johnson and Querrey lost to top seeds and defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan 6-3, 6-7 (5) [10-8]. The 36-year-old Bryan twins, former Stanford All-Americans, went on to win their 99th career title. 
    Following are this week's world rankings of professional players with Northern California ties (change from last week in parentheses):
   Bob Bryan, 36 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 36 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 23 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 117 in singles (-1), No. 247 in doubles (+1).
   Scott Lipsky, 33 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 48 in doubles (-6), unranked in singles.
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Sacramento Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 56 in singles (+5), No. 62 in doubles (+38).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 57 in singles (-17), No. 119 in doubles (-2).
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Unranked in singles and doubles.
   Nicole Gibbs, 21 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 136 in singles (+5), No. 597 in doubles (+5).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Concord resident -- No. 412 in doubles (+5), No. 689 in singles (+4).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, San Jose resident, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 14 in doubles (+2), No. 773 in singles (+6).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 91 in doubles (no change), No. 303 in singles (+17).
   Allie Will, 23 years old, born in San Mateo -- No. 134 in doubles (+3), No. 480 in singles (+2).

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