Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rankings mover of the week: Neal Skupski (up)

Neal Skupski, playing for the California Dream of World
TeamTennis in July, returned to the top 100 in the world
in doubles. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Neal Skupski, who starred for the Sacramento-based California Dream during their inaugural World TeamTennis season in July, returned to the top 100 in doubles this week.
   The 25-year-old Englishman rose nine places to No. 98 by reaching the final of the $117,517 Brest (France) Challenger with his older brother, Ken. The Skupskis  lost to Dutchmen Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop 3-6, 6-4 [10-6].
   It was the second straight week that Neal Skupski lost to Koolhof and Middelkoop 10-6 in a match tiebreaker in a French Challenger. Skupski and Fabrice Martin of France fell 6-4, 3-6 [10-6] in the Rennes semifinals.
   Skupski climbed to a career-high No. 69 in March 2014. The former LSU All-American and Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain led WTT in mixed doubles for the Dream, which lost to the Austin Aces in the Western Conference final.
   Skupski, a last-minute substitute this season, was named the WTT Male Rookie of the Year. Medina Garrigues was honored as the Co-Female MVP with Anastasia Rodionova of the Washington Kastles, who won their fifth straight league title and sixth in seven years.
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):
   Collin Altamirano, 19-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 813 in singles (-1), 962 in doubles (-15).
   Bob Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star, part-time member of Sacramento-based California Dream in World TeamTennis in 2015 -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 37-year-old former Stanford star, part-time member of Dream in 2015 -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 25-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 315 in singles (+2), No. 453 in doubles (-6).
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 44 in doubles (+1).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old Piedmont resident -- No. 460 in singles (-1), No. 541 in doubles (-6).
   Dennis Novikov, 21-year-old Milpitas resident in San Francisco Bay Area -- Career-high No. 142 in singles (+2), No. 181 in doubles (-13).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 50 in singles (+1), No. 37 in doubles (no change).
   Tennys Sandgren, 24-year-old member of Dream -- No. 240 in singles (-2), No. 217 in doubles (+4).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former UC Santa Cruz star -- No. 171 in doubles (+1).
   Neal Skupski, 25-year-old member of California Dream -- No. 98 in doubles (+9).
   Kristie Ahn, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- Career-high No. 223 in singles (+1), No. 628 in doubles (+2).
   CiCi Bellis, 16-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 247 in singles (-38).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 614 in doubles (-4).
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 614 in doubles (-4).
   Jarmila Gajdosova, 28-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 102 in singles (no change), No. 138 in doubles (+1).
   Anabel Medina Garrigues, 33-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 32 (+1) in doubles.
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 130 in singles (-1), No. 247 in doubles (-1).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 730 in singles (-36).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 32-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- No. 16 in doubles (-2).
   Maegan Manasse, 20-year-old Cal junior -- No. 510 in doubles (+1), No. 749 in singles (-3).
   Maria Sanchez, 25-year-old Modesto product -- No. 83 in doubles (+2), No. 178 in singles (+2).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- No. 201 in doubles (+1), No. 399 in singles (+51).

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