Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ferreira, four others chosen for NorCal Hall of Fame

Wayne Ferreira, who reached the top 10 in the world in singles and doubles,
coaches his son, Marcus, in a tournament. 2014 photo courtesy of Steve Pratt
   Wayne Ferreira heads a class of five in the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame.
   Ferreira, a 43-year-old Lafayette resident from South Africa, reached No. 6 in the world in singles in 1995 and No. 9 in doubles in 2001. He coaches UCLA star Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont.
   Ferreira will be inducted with Marianne Werdel, Matt Mitchell, Peter Wright and Bill Jacobson on Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Stanford during the Bank of the West Classic. Registration will open on June 1 at ustanorcal.com.
   Werdel, a 47-year-old former Stanford star, peaked at No. 21 in the world in singles and recorded wins over International Tennis Hall of Famers Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Arankxta Sanchez-Vicario and Gabriela Sabatini.
   Mitchell, a 58-year-old Berkeley native, won the 1977 NCAA singles title while playing for Stanford. As a pro, he climbed to No. 53 in singles in 1985 and No. 30 in doubles in 1984.
   Wright, also a Berkeley native, has led the Cal men to 22 appearances in the NCAA Championships in 23 seasons at the Bears' coach. Under Wright, 11 Cal players have combined for 15 All-America selections. Several -- including Conor Niland, John Paul Fruttero and Pedro Zerbini -- went on to the pros.
   Jacobson, a Los Altos Hills resident from South Africa, created the world's first tennis analysis computer.

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