Sunday, July 8, 2018

Why I'm requesting donations to NorCal Tennis Czar

Dear readers,
   Seven years ago, I launched NorCal Tennis Czar because newspaper and internet coverage of regional tennis was almost nonexistent. Since then, I have written over 2,400 stories -- all requiring extensive research, many entailing multiple interviews, and most accompanied by photos -- for free. I have paid my own expenses to cover out-of-town tournaments, bought two cameras and a laptop, and hired two web designers.
   In short, I have put my heart and soul into covering Northern California professional, collegiate and junior tennis.
   Now I need your help. Please donate by inserting an amount on my homepage, clicking on "Donate" and paying by credit card. It's fast, easy and secure.
   The more support I receive, the more in-depth coverage I can provide that is unavailable anywhere else. I can cover additional tournaments, stay at them longer and write more player profiles, feature stories, opinion columns and book reviews.
   Let me use my 40 years of newspaper experience to take NorCal Tennis Czar to another level. Time is no longer an issue, but funding is.
   If you enjoy stories such as those below, including the profiles of San Francisco Bay Area products CiCi Bellis and Mackenzie McDonald before they became stars, please donate to NorCal Tennis Czar. You'll be supporting not only my work but the sport we love.
   Thank you for reading NorCal Tennis Czar, and please comment with any suggestions.
Sincerely,
Paul Bauman

Humor
   Why tennis is better than golf (April 3, 2012)
   U.S. Open TV commercials: The good, bad and ugly (Sept. 7, 2014)
   On crummy motels, heat, Vika, etc. in Indian Wells (March 25, 2016)
   French Open preview: Ugly shorts, Louis XIV, dog food (May 22, 2016)
Professionals
   Tursunov no longer thinks his father committed fault (Sept. 23, 2011)
   Sac State coach: Azarenka wasn't kidding around (March 5, 2012)
   John McEnroe Q&A: U.S. tennis needs athletes (April 13, 2014)
   Aussie Millman makes Aptos history with title (Aug. 17, 2015)
   Wave of U.S. men's prospects could make big splash (Dec. 4, 2015)
   Help! It's on the way for American men (Oct. 8, 2016)
   Scary good: Bellis, 17, compared to Capriati (Jan. 21, 2017)
   Friendly foes: Keys tops CoCo for Stanford title (Aug. 6, 2017)
   Aussie O'Connell overcomes harrowing evacuation (Oct. 11, 2017)
   Federer pal McDonald wins first Challenger title (Oct. 15, 2017)
Colleges
   No Djoke -- Stanford coach has beaten Serb star (May 20, 2016)
   Altamirano, UVA three-peat; Stanford women fall in final (May 23, 2017)
   Good Lord! Stanford women win another title (May 22, 2018)
Juniors
   Little Bellis gets big results (June 24, 2012)
   Academy makes waves with two national champs (Sept. 8, 2013)
   Chaudhary channels Nadal for Sectional boys 18 title (June 17, 2018)

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