Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rankings movers of the week: Novikov, Sandgren (up)

Tennys Sandgren, holding the trophy, and Rhyne Williams, far left, won the doubles title
in the 2012 Sacramento Challenger. They are shown with emcee Brad Gilbert, second
from left, and tournament director Brian Martinez. 2012 photo by Paul Bauman
   Dennis Novikov and Tennys Sandgren, both of whom have Northern California ties, played doubles together last week and soared in the world rankings.
   Novikov, who lives in San Jose, and Sandgren, who is scheduled to play for the Sacramento-based California Dream in World TeamTennis in July, reached the semifinals of the $100,000 Sarasota Challlenger on clay.
   Novikov, 21, jumped 55 places to a career-high No. 287 in doubles. Sandgren, 23, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., improved 43 spots to No. 269.
   Sandgren climbed to a career-high No. 115 in doubles in January 2014 but then underwent hip surgery and missed more than six months.
   In the 2012 Sacramento Challenger, he won the doubles title with former University of Tennessee teammate Rhyne Williams and reached the singles quarterfinals.
   Sandgren, by the way, is not named after tennis. He has Swedish heritage, and Tennys was his great-grandfather's name. And, no, Sandgren's ancestor did not play tennis.
WORLD RANKINGS
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):
Men
   Collin Altamirano, 19-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 883 in singles (+1).
   Bob Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 24-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 229 in singles (-1), No. 148 in doubles (+3).
   Scott Lipsky, 33-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 34 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old Piedmont resident -- No. 536 in singles (-3), No. 559 in doubles (-6).
   Dennis Novikov, 21-year-old San Jose resident -- Career-high No. 190 in singles (+4), career-high No. 287 in doubles (+55).
   Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, 35-year-old member of Sacramento-based California Dream in World Team Tennis (2015) -- No. 50 in doubles (-4).
   Sam Querrey, 27-year-old San Francisco native and former Sacramento Capital in World TeamTennis (2012-13) -- No. 38 in singles (+3), No. 60 in doubles (+1).
   Tennys Sandgren, 23-year-old member of California Dream -- No. 269 in doubles (+43), No. 463 in singles (no change).
   Matt Seeberger, 30-year-old Los Altos resident -- Career-high No. 297 in doubles (+3).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 32-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 197 in singles (-21), No. 323 in doubles (+3).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 534 in singles (-2), No. 605 in doubles (+2).
   CiCi Bellis, 16-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 173 in singles (+1).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 727 in doubles (-3).
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old resident of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 727 in doubles (-3).
   Jarmila Gajdosova, 27-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 49 in singles (-1), No. 54 in doubles (-1).
   Anabel Medina Garrigues, 32-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 34 (no change) in doubles, No. 526 (no change) in singles.
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 96 in singles (+4), No. 991 in doubles (-5). 
   Michaela Gordon, 15-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 749 in singles (+1).
    Lejla Hodzic, 29-year-old former Stanford standout -- No. 751 in doubles (no change).
    Raquel Kops-Jones, 32-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- No. 13 in doubles (no change), No. 794 in singles (-2).
   Maria Sanchez, 25-year-old Modesto product -- No. 106 in doubles (no change), No. 183 in singles (-3).
   Allie Will, 24-year-old native of San Mateo in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 217 in doubles (-6), No. 575 in singles (-12).
   Carol Zhao, 19-year-old Stanford sophomore -- No. 290 in singles (+1), No. 505 in doubles (+1).

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