Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rankings mover of the week: Dennis Novikov (up)

Dennis Novikov, playing in the $100,000 Tiburon
Challenger in late September, rose to a career-high
No. 133 in singles this week. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Another week, another good tournament for Dennis Novikov.
   At this rate, the 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in the San Francisco Bay Area will crack the top 100 in the world for the first time early next year.
   Novikov reached the semifinals of the $50,000 Knoxville (Tenn.) Challenger in singles and doubles (with countryman Eric Quigley) last week.
   He improved nine places in singles to a career-high No. 133 and eight spots in doubles to No. 179 this week.
   Novikov, 6-foot-4 (1.93 meters) and 200 pounds (91 kilograms), began the year at No. 291 in singles and No. 425 in doubles.
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 Sacramento resident -- No. 813 in singles (+2), 957 in doubles (-1).
   Bob Bryan, 36-year-old former Stanford star, part-time member of Sacramento-based California Dream in World TeamTennis in 2015 -- No. 2 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 37-year-old former Stanford star, part-time member of Dream in 2015 -- No. 2 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Bradley Klahn, 25-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 516 in singles (+3), No. 750 in doubles (-303).
   Scott Lipsky, 34-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 40 in doubles (no change).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 20-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 461 in singles (-5), No. 545 in doubles (-2).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- Career-high No. 133 in singles (+9), No. 179 in doubles (+8).
   Sam Querrey, 28-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 59 in singles (no change), No. 38 in doubles (no change).
   Tennys Sandgren, 24-year-old member of California Dream -- No. 256 in singles (+18), No. 197 in doubles (-5).
   Matt Seeberger, 31-year-old San Francisco native and former UC Santa Cruz star -- No. 166 in doubles (+12).
   Neal Skupski, 25-year-old member of California Dream -- No. 102 in doubles (+6).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 32-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 263 in doubles (+13).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 23-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 212 in singles (-4), No. 410 in doubles (-5).
   CiCi Bellis, 16-year-old resident of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 250 in singles (-2).
   Alexandra Facey, 22-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 619 in doubles (-4). 
   Kat Facey, 22-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 619 in doubles (-4).
   Jarmila Gajdosova, 28-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 106 in singles (-4), No. 139 in doubles (+1).
   Anabel Medina Garrigues, 33-year-old member of California Dream (2015) -- No. 32 in doubles (no change).
   Nicole Gibbs, 22-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 121 in singles (-2), career-high No. 194 in doubles (+1).
   Michaela Gordon, 16-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 660 in singles (+24), No. 853 in doubles (-5). 
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 32-year-old San Jose resident and former Cal star -- No. 18 in doubles (no change).
   Maegan Manasse, 20-year-old Cal junior -- No. 518 in doubles (-7), No. 753 in singles (-6).
   Maria Sanchez, 25-year-old Modesto product -- No. 87 in doubles (-2), No. 193 in singles(+1).
   Carol Zhao, 20-year-old Stanford junior -- No. 190 in doubles (-1), No. 347 in singles (-3).

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