Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rankings mover of week: McDonald (up in doubles)

Mackenzie McDonald, shown during the recent Tiburon
Challenger, soared 202 places to No. 339 in doubles.
Photo by Paul Bauman
   Mackenzie McDonald's doubles world ranking of No. 339 might not look impressive.
   But the 21-year-old native of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area turned pro only four months ago, and he was No. 541 last week.
   McDonald zoomed 202 places to a career high by winning the $100,000 Fairfield (Calif.) Challenger with 31-year-old Brian Baker of Nashville, Tenn., last Saturday.
   It was the 5-foot-10 (1.78-meter), 145-pound (66-kilogram) McDonald's first Challenger title in singles or doubles. In Futures tournaments, he has won one singles championship and four doubles crowns.
   Fairfield is only 37.5 miles (60.4 kilometers) from Piedmont.
   McDonald turned pro in June, forgoing his senior year at UCLA, after becoming the first man in 15 years to sweep the NCAA singles and doubles titles. Matias Boeker of Georgia accomplished the feat in 2001. The last woman to sweep the crowns was Nicole Gibbs of Stanford in 2012. She is now ranked No. 72 in singles. 
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from last week in parentheses):
   Bob Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 5 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 6 in doubles (+1), unranked in singles.
   John Paul Fruttero, 35-year-old former Cal All-American -- No. 332 in doubles (+19).
   Ryan Haviland, 35-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 709 in singles (+3).
   John Lamble, 24-year-old Saratoga resident and former Santa Clara star -- No. 636 in doubles (+1), career-high No. 803 in singles (+4). 
   Scott Lipsky, 35-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 46 in doubles (no change).
   Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old resident of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 342 in singles (no change), career-high No. 339 in doubles (+202).
   Dennis Novikov, 22-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 147 in singles (+1), No. 166 in doubles (-3).
   Sam Querrey, 29-year-old San Francisco native -- No. 29 in singles (no change), No. 101 in doubles (-16).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 33-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area -- No. 269 in doubles (-1), No. 403 in singles (+1), 
   Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American -- No. 230 in singles (-1), No. 381 in doubles (-2).
   Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 33-year-old San Jose resident and 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- No. 20 in doubles (no change).
   CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old product of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 111 in singles (no change), No. 248 in doubles (-4).
   Alexandra Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 739 in doubles (+91). 
   Kat Facey, 23-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area -- No. 739 in doubles (+91).
   Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford -- No. 74 in singles (no change), No. 126 in doubles (+2).
   Michaela Gordon, 17-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area -- No. 619 in doubles (-3), No. 754 in singles (+1). 
   Maegan Manasse, 21-year-old Cal junior -- No. 618 in doubles (-3).
   Maria Sanchez, 26-year-old Modesto product -- No. 60 in doubles (no change), No. 304 in singles (-4).
   Sloane Stephens, 23-year-old Fresno product -- No. 36 in singles (no change), No. 884 in doubles (-9).
   Karina Vyrlan, 18-year-old Sacramentan -- No. 958 in doubles (-12).
   Carol Zhao, 21-year-old former Stanford star -- No. 293 in doubles (-2), No. 366 in singles (-2).

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