Monday, September 22, 2014

Former U.S. star to play today in Napa Challenger

Robby Ginepri lost to Andre Agassi in five sets in the
2005 U.S. Open semifinals. 2013 photo by Paul Bauman
   Robby Ginepri, the only active American man to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal, is scheduled to play Liam Broady of Great Britain today in the first round of the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger.
   The match will begin not before 4:30 p.m. at the Napa Valley Country Club. Admission is $15 daily through Thursday and $20 daily from Friday through Sunday.
   Ginepri, who lost to Andre Agassi in five sets in the semis of the 2005 U.S. Open, has reached the fourth round or better at all four Grand Slam tournaments. The 31-year-old resident of Kennesaw, Ga., also has won three titles on the ATP World Tour, the major leagues of men's tennis.
   Ginepri, a right-hander, reached a career-high No. 15 in the world in 2006 but broke his left elbow in 2010 when he fell off his bicycle trying to avoid a squirrel. He is now ranked No. 213.
   Broady won the boys doubles titles at Wimbledon in 2010 and the Australian Open in 2012. Now 20, the left-hander is ranked No. 286.
   Two all-American matches will precede Ginepri vs. Broady on Center Court.
   Fourth-seeded Bradley Klahn will meet fellow left-hander Wayne Odesnik not before 11:30 a.m. Klahn won the 2010 NCAA title as a Stanford sophomore, and graduated in 2012 and advanced to the quarterfinals of last year's inaugural Napa Valley Challenger.
   After the Klahn-Odesnik encounter, seventh-seeded Denis Kudla faces a tough assignment against Alex Kuznetsov. They reached the Napa quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, last year. Kudla was the top seed.
   On Sunday, a pair of 2012 Wimbledon champions played separate matches in the second round of qualifying.
   Sixth-seeded Frederik Nielsen, a Dane who won the men's doubles title at the All England Club with Jonathan Marray, edged wild card Clay Thompson, a 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) UCLA All-American, 2-6, 7-5 7-6 (6).
   Eighth-seeded Andrew Harris, who took the Wimbledon boys doubles crown with Australian countryman Nick Kyrgios, lost to left-hander Alexios Halebian, a 20-year-old Florida native, 7-5, 6-4.
$50,000 NAPA VALLEY CHALLENGER
At Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, Calif.
Second-round singles qualifying
   Nils Langer (1), Germany, def. Kevin Kim, United States, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
   Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand, def. Spencer Papa, United States, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
   Cameron Norrie, Great Britain, def. Ben McLachlan, New Zealand, 6-2, 6-2.
   Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, def. Clay Thompson, United States, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6).
   Daniel Nguyen (3), United States, def. Dane Webb, United States, 7-5, 6-2.
   Alexios Halebian, United States, def. Andrew Harris (8), Australia, 7-5, 6-4.
   Mico Santiago, United States, def. Vahid Mirzadeh, United States, 6-3, 6-0.
   Julian Lenz, Germany, def. Daniel Garza (7), Mexico, 6-4, 6-2.
Today's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
Center Court
   Daniel Nguyen (3), United States,vs. Alexios Halebian, United States (final-round qualifying).
   Wayne Odesnik, United States, vs. Bradley Klahn (4), United States (not before 11:30 a.m.).
   Denis Kudla (7), United States, vs. Alex Kuznetsov, United States .
   Liam Broady, Great Britain, vs. Robby Ginepri, United States (not before 4:30 p.m.).
Court 7
   Cameron Norrie, Great Britain, vs. Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark (final-round qualifying).
   Bjorn Fratangelo, United States, vs. Kyle Edmund, Great Britain (not before 11:30 a.m.).
   Alex Bolt, Australia, and Frank Dancevic, Canada, vs. Nicolas Meister and Clay Thompson, United States (not before 1 p.m).
   Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne Williams (4), United States, vs. Adam Hubble and John-Patrick Smith, Australia (not before 2:30 p.m.; may move to Center Court).
    Matt Reid, Australia, and Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand, vs. Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek (2), United States (not before 3:30 p.m.).
Court 8
   Nils Langer (1), Germany, vs. Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand (final-round qualifying).
   Mico Santiago, United States, vs. Julian Lenz, Germany (final-round qualifying).
   Sekou Bangoura and Vahid Mirzadeh (3), United States, vs. Sebastian Bader, Austria, and Erik Elliott, United States (not before 1:30 p.m.).

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Querrey enters next week's Napa Challenger

Sam Querrey, serving at Indian Wells in March, is seeded first
in the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sam Querrey, ranked 52nd in the world, has accepted a wild card in the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger.
   The 26-year-old native of nearby San Francisco is seeded first in the second annual tournament at the Napa Valley Country Club. The main draw is scheduled for Monday through Sept. 28.
   Following Querrey in the seedings are, in order, Tim Smyczek, 2006 Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, former Stanford star Bradley Klahn, Peter Polansky, Michael Russell, Denis Kudla and Frank Dancevic. 
   Querrey also is entered in the $100,000 Sacramento and Tiburon Challengers the following two weeks.
   The 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters) Querrey reached a career-high No. 17 in January 2011 but has battled injuries since then. He is coming off two singles victories in the United States' 5-0 triumph over Slovakia in the Davis Cup World Group playoffs last week in Chicago.
   Two of the three current or former Wimbledon champions in the Napa qualifying draw won their first-round matches on Saturday.
   Noah Rubin, who captured the junior boys singles title at the All England Club in July, lost to 21-year-old German Julian Lenz 6-4, 6-2.
   The 5-foot-9 (1.74-meter) Rubin, an 18-year-old product of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York, recently began his freshman year at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   Sixth-seeded Frederik Nielsen, a Dane who won the 2012 Wimbledon men's doubles title with Jonathan Marray of Great Britain, dismissed wild card Victor Pham of Saratoga 6-2, 6-1. Pham has verbally committed to attend Columbia beginning next year.
   Eighth-seeded Andrew Harris, who took the 2012 Wimbledon boys doubles crown with fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios, routed former UC San Diego standout Erik Elliott 6-2, 6-0. 
$50,000 NAPA VALLEY CHALLENGER
At Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, Calif.
First-round singles qualifying
   Nils Langer (1), Germany, def. Nick Chappell, United States, 6-3, 6-1.
   Kevin Kim, United States, def. Sebastian Bader, Austria, 6-4, 6-4.
   Spencer Papa, United States, def. James Cluskey, Ireland, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0.
   Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand, def. Sekou Bangoura (5), United States, 6-4, 6-4.
   Cameron Norrie, Great Britain, def. Nicolas Meister (2), United States, 7-5, 6-2.
   Ben McLachlan, New Zealand, def. Chris Wettengel, United States, 6-4, 6-4.
   Clay Thompson, United States, def. Reilly Opelka, United States, 7-6 (8), 6-7 (8), 6-4.
   Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark, def. Victor Pham, Saratoga, 6-2, 6-1.
   Daniel Nguyen (3), United States, def. Tommy Paul, United States, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
   Dane Webb, United States, def. Adam Hubble, Australia, 7-5, 6-3.
   Alexios Halebian, United States, def. Oren Motevassel, San Jose, 6-3, 6-2.
   Andrew Harris (8), Australia, def. Erik Elliott, United States, 6-2, 6-0.
   Mico Santiago, United States, def. Tigre Hank (4), Mexico, 6-0, 6-2.
   Vahid Mirzadeh, United States, def. Trey Strobel, United States, 6-4, 7-5.
   Julian Lenz, Germany, def. Noah Rubin, United States, 6-4, 6-2.
   Daniel Garza (7), Mexico, def. Wesley Koolhof, Netherlands, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Today's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
Center Court
   Nils Langer (1), Germany, vs. Kevin Kim, United States.
   Julian Lenz, Germany, vs. Daniel Garza (7), Mexico.
   Doubles qualifying match (not before 1 p.m.)
Court 7
   Alexios Halebian, United States, vs. Andrew Harris (8), Australia.
   Spencer Papa, United States, vs. Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand.
   Cameron Norrie, Great Britain, vs. Ben McLachlan, New Zealand.
Court 8
   Daniel Nguyen (3), United States, vs. Dane Webb, United States.
   Mico Santiago, United States, vs. Vahid Mirzadeh, United States.
   Clay Thompson, United States, vs. Frederik Nielsen (6), Denmark.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gordon, 15, takes unlikely route to stardom

Michaela Gordon, 15, of Saratoga came within a tiebreaker of reaching the
semifinals of last week's $25,000 Redding Challenger. Photos by Paul Bauman
   It's a long way from Rapid City, S.D., to Wimbledon.
   Literally and even more so figuratively.
   South Dakota is known for Mount Rushmore, the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 and "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
   But few South Dakotans have starred in professional sports. The state's most famous sports figures are:
   --Sparky Anderson, the late Hall of Fame baseball manager.
   --Billy Mills, the second Native American (after Jim Thorpe) to win an Olympic gold medal. He accomplished the feat in the 10,000 meters in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
   --Adam Vinatieri, the Indianapolis Colts' placekicker in his 19th NFL season. He's the fifth-leading scorer in league history and the first kicker to play on four Super Bowl champions.
   --Mike Miller, a Cleveland Cavaliers swingman who won NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.   --Becky Hammon, the seventh-leading scorer in WNBA history and recently named assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. She is the first full-time female assistant in any of the four major American sports.
   --Mark Ellis, a St. Louis Cardinals second baseman in his 12th major-league season.
   Tennis? Forget it.   South Dakota -- with a population of only 844,877, fifth smallest in the United States, and long, harsh winters -- is to tennis what Alabama is to ice hockey.
   Michaela Gordon, though, negotiated the trek from Rapid City to the hallowed grounds of the All England Club. Rapid City, on the western side of South Dakota near Wyoming, is the state's second-largest city (behind bustling Sioux Falls) with a metropolitan-area population of 124,766.  
   Gordon, 15, was born in Chicago and lived in Rapid City from age 3 to 9. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, first to Los Altos Hills (near Stanford) and last year to Saratoga (near San Jose). Playing on grass for the first time in July, she reached the junior girls quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Gordon lived in South Dakota, of all places,
from age 3 to 9.
   As an amateur and the youngest player in last week's $25,000 Redding Challenger, Gordon advanced to her first quarterfinal in her sixth professional tournament.
   The 5-foot-8 (1.73-meter) Gordon stunned fourth-seeded Tammi Patterson, a 24-year-old Australian ranked No. 307 in the world, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round before losing to 6-foot-1 (1.85-meter) Alexandra Stevenson, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
   Stevenson, the 33-year-old daughter of basketball legend Julius Erving, in 1999 became the first female qualifier to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.  
   Gordon's performance in Redding will vault her from No. 939 in the world to about No. 594 on Monday. Among juniors 18 and under, she is No. 85 internationally and No. 17 in the United States. 
   "I don't know how I got good at tennis, because the training (in South Dakota) wasn't that great, and I wasn't really serious about it," Gordon conceded in Redding. "South Dakota is like a really small town, and it's not known for tennis. Everyone knows everyone."
   Here's how Gordon became good at tennis: She's a prodigy.
   Robert Gordon, a surgeon who played tennis at Northwestern, introduced his daughter, the middle of five children, to tennis when she was 4. By age 8, Michaela dazzled coach Wayne Sleight at the Tennis Center of the Black Hills in Rapid City with her ability.
   "She's got fast hands and great footwork," Sleight said in a 2007 story in the Black Hills Pioneer. "She's also a great listener, and she's very smart. She calculates the game better than most 16-year-olds. She has all the tools to reach the top level. Most important is she loves practicing."
   The Gordons, however, did not move to the Bay Area to develop Michaela's game.
   "It was a little bit of (Robert's) job and the fact that I have a lot of family in the area," explained Michaela's mother, LuShan.
   Shortly after moving, Michaela won the girls 10-and-under title in the prestigious Little Mo national championships in 2009 in Austin, Texas. Andy Roddick won the boys 10 crown in 1992.
   Gordon doesn't dwell on her accomplishments, though.
   "All her trophies are put away in her closet," said LuShan, a non-practicing dentist. "She's not one to display them. It's funny. She goes to friends' houses, and they have trophies, and that's their whole life. It's interesting to me that that's not all of what defines her, even though she spends so much time on tennis.
   " ... It's more, 'What's the next hurdle?' She's looking ahead a little bit. I think that's a good thing, actually."
   What else defines Michaela?
   "She's a deep thinker," LuShan said. "She's a really smart kid. One of the things that helps her on the tennis court is she does think and finds out a way to defeat her opponent."
   Michaela, who trains at the Eagle Fustar Tennis Academy, listed aggressiveness and her serve and two-handed backhand as strengths. She added that she's "definitely very competitive."
Gordon practices during the Redding Challenger.
   Gordon made her junior Grand Slam debut at last year's U.S. Open, dispatching Darya Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-3 in the second round before falling to Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-2.
   Kasatkina won this year's French Open girls title, and Chirico, who turned pro in May out of high school, is the 218th-ranked woman in the world. They are two and three years older, respectively, than Gordon.
   Chirico also beat Gordon in the quarterfinals of the USTA Girls 18 National Championships last month in San Diego. 
   Gordon almost didn't play at Wimbledon this year.
   "It was a long way to go," LuShan reasoned, "but my husband really wanted to go, so we went as a family. We said (to Michaela), 'We know you haven't played on grass a lot, but just see how you like it.' First day, she walked out there and said, 'I like grass.' "
   Grass, as it turned out, suits Gordon's game.
   "It's really fast, the ball bounces really low, and the points are pretty short," she explained. "The more aggressive you are, the better it is for you."
   As a qualifier at Wimbledon, Gordon knocked off 14th-seeded Sandra Samir of Egypt in the first round before defeating Great Britain's Isabelle Wallace and Maia Lumsden.
   Wallace had a point to lead 5-1 on her serve in the third set, but Gordon rallied to win 6-2, 5-7, 8-6.
   "It was funny because at 6-all (in the third set), I forgot that you have to win by two games," Gordon said with a chuckle. "I thought it was a tiebreaker, so after I won the first point, I thought I was still serving.
   "It was a really good win because the whole crowd was for her the whole time. It was good for me to have that knowledge that I can still win when everyone is against me."
   On one hand, Gordon sounds like a typical teenager, sprinkling her speech with "like," "definitely" and "random." On the other hand, she sounds mature for her age, using the words "procrastinate" and "interact." 
   A high school sophomore, Gordon has studied independently since the eighth grade.
   "I do Laurel Springs, which is a, like, private online program," said Gordon, who also decided to resume playing the piano a year ago as a hobby. "It's pretty good because I have the same textbooks  that I would have in regular school. But it's difficult because it's easy to procrastinate, so it's really important to be self-motivated and do your work every day."
   Gordon misses attending school.
   "I miss my teachers, and I miss my friends," she lamented. "I miss having someone there to teach you and talk to you. Now, I don't have teachers I can interact with."
   Gordon prefers this lifestyle, though.
   "Definitely," she asserted. "Being able to play tennis and travel the world is definitely worth it."

Wimbledon champs set for Napa qualifying

   Three Wimbledon champions -- one present and two past -- highlight today's schedule in the first round of qualifying for the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger.
Noah Rubin, shown in last year's Sacramento Challenger, won
the Wimbledon boys singles title in July. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Noah Rubin, who won the Wimbledon boys singles title in July, is scheduled to play Julian Lenz of Germany. Rubin also won the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., in August.
   An 18-year-old product of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York, the 5-foot-9 (1.74-meter) Rubin just began his freshman year at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
   Sixth-seeded Frederik Nielsen, a Dane who captured the 2012 Wimbledon men's doubles title with Jonathan Marray of Great Britain, will take on wild card Victor Pham of Saratoga.
   Nielsen, the grandson of two-time Wimbledon singles runner-up Kurt Nielsen, and Marray became the first wild cards to win the men's doubles title at the All-England Club.
   Pham, a high school senior, has verbally committed to Columbia.
   Eighth-seeded Andrew Harris, an Australian who won the 2012 Wimbledon boys doubles title with Nick Kyrgios, will play former UC San Diego standout Erik Elliott.
$50,000 NAPA VALLEY CHALLENGER
At Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, Calif.
Today's schedule
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
Center Court
   Nils Langer, Germany, vs. Nick Chappell, United States.
   Jose (Rubin) Statham, New Zealand, vs. Sekou Bangoura, United States.
   Erik Elliott, United States, vs. Andrew Harris, Australia.
   Noah Rubin, United States, vs. Julian Lenz, Germany.
   Chris Wettengel, United States, vs. Ben McLachlan, New Zealand.
   Victor Pham, Saratoga, vs. Frederik Nielsen, Denmark.
Court 7
   Kevin Kim, United States, vs. Sebastian Bader, Austria.
   Daniel Nguyen, United States, vs. Tommy Paul, United States.
   Oren Motevassel, San Jose, vs. Alexios Halebian, United States.
   Trey Strobel, United States, vs. Vahid Mirzadeh, United States.
   Clay Thompson, United States, vs. Reilly Opelka, United States.
Court 8
   James Cluskey, Ireland, vs. Spencer Papa, United States.
   Dane Webb, United States, vs. Adam Hubble, Australia.
   Tigre Hank, Mexico, vs. Mico Santiago, United States.
   Wesley Koolhof, Netherlands, vs. Daniel Garza, Mexico.
   Nicolas Meister, United States, vs. Cameron Norrie, Great Britain.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Querrey heads field for Sacramento Challenger

Sam Querrey waves to the sparse crowd after
his late-night win in the first round at Indian
Wells in March. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Sam Querrey, ranked 52nd in the world and fourth in the United States, is scheduled to make his first Challenger appearance in more than two years later this month in Sacramento.
   The 26-year-old San Francisco native heads the entry list for the $100,000 Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger, Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 at the Natomas Racquet Club. The only other top-100 player in the field is No. 76 Adrian Mannarino of France.
   Other entrants include:
   --Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up from Cyprus.
   --Robby Ginepri, the only active U.S. man to have reached a Grand Slam singles semifinal (2005 U.S. Open).
   --Tim Smyczek, last year's Sacramento Challenger runner-up from Tampa, Fla.
   --Bradley Klahn, the 2010 NCAA champion as a Stanford sophomore.
   --Ryan Harrison, who reached the top 50 in the world two years ago at age 20.
   --Former Sacramento Challenger champions Wayne Odesnik (2007) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and John Millman (2010) of Australia.
   --Peter Polansky, last year's Tiburon Challenger champion from Canada.
   All except Querrey and Mannarino also are scheduled to play in the $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger, Monday through Sept. 28 at the Napa Valley Country Club.
   Donald Young, last year's Napa and Sacramento champion now ranked No. 50, is not entered in either tournament.
   The entry list for the $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger, Oct. 6-12 at the Tiburon Peninsula Club, has not been released.
   Querrey, 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), and Mannarino, a 26-year-old left-hander, have played well recently. Both reached the third round of the U.S. Open, and while Querrey was winning both of his Davis Cup singles matches against Slovakia in Chicago last week, Mannarino was winning the $75,000 Istanbul Challenger on hardcourts.
   Querrey climbed to a career-high No. 17 in January 2011 but has battled injuries since then. Although he grew up in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, he is very familiar with Northern California.
   He has played in the Sacramento Challenger three times, reaching the semifinals in October 2011 before losing to eventual champion Ivo Karlovic, a 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Croat, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4.
   In addition, Querrey played part-time for the Sacramento Capitals in 2012 and 2013 before the longest-running franchise in World TeamTennis at 28 years announced it was moving to Las Vegas. Less than three weeks later, team owner Deepal Wannakuwatte was charged with orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme related to his medical supply business, and the franchise disbanded without playing a match as the Las Vegas Neon.  
   Querrey played annually in the SAP Open in San Jose on the ATP World Tour, advancing to the singles semifinals in 2010 and 2013 and winning the doubles title in 2010 with Mardy Fish. The tournament was replaced on the calendar by Rio de Janeiro beginning last February after 125 years in Northern California.
   Querrey made his professional debut at 18 in Yuba City, a one-hour drive north of Sacramento. He won the 2006 Challenger, defeating Sam Warburg of Sacramento in the final.
   The Yuba City Challenger was last held in June 2009, and Warburg retired that October at age 26.

Rankings mover of the week: Carol Zhao (down)

Carol Zhao, a Stanford sophomore, addresses the media after
losing to Ana Ivanovic in the second round of the Bank of the
West Classic at Stanford in July. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Carol Zhao, a Stanford sophomore from Canada, tumbled 188 places to No. 549 in the doubles world rankings after losing in the first round at Quebec City on the elite WTA tour last week.
   Zhao, 19, paired with Francoise Abanda, 17, of Canada in a 6-1, 6-2 loss to top-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France. Zhao and Abanda reached the doubles quarterfinals at Quebec City last year, accounting for Zhao's drop in the rankings.
   Babos and Mladenovic advanced to this year's Wimbledon final, losing to second-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy.
   Mladenovic, 21, stunned two-time Grand Slam singles champion Li Na in the first round of the French Open this year and won the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 Australian Open mixed doubles titles with Daniel Nestor of Canada.
   Zhao is ranked a career-high No. 296 in singles. As a qualifier, she won her first WTA main-draw match in July at Stanford when Yanina Wickmayer, a U.S. Open semifinalist in 2009, retired because of a viral illness with Zhao leading 6-2, 1-0 in the Bank of the West Classic. Zhao then lost to fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic, formerly ranked No. 1 in the world, 6-1, 6-1.
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, 18 years old, 2013 USTA Boys 18 national champion from Sacramento -- No. 751 in singles (-2), No. 894 in doubles (-4).
   Bob Bryan, 36 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mike Bryan, 36 years old, 1998 NCAA doubles champion from Stanford -- Career-high No. 1 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Connor Farren, 19 years old, USC sophomore from Foster City -- No. 992 in singles (+3).
   Bradley Klahn, 24 years old, 2010 NCAA singles champion and 2011 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 118 in singles (+2), No. 165 in doubles (-1).
   Scott Lipsky, 33 years old, 2002 NCAA doubles runner-up from Stanford -- No. 36 in doubles (no change), unranked in singles.
   Mackenzie McDonald, 19 years old, UCLA sophomore from Piedmont -- No. 643 in singles (+2), No. 569 in doubles (+2).
   Sam Querrey, 26 years old, San Francisco native, Sacramento Capitals (2012-13) -- No. 52 in singles (-1), No. 64 in doubles (-2).
   Dmitry Tursunov, 31 years old, trains at Gorin Tennis Academy in Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay -- No. 69 in singles (-1), No. 117 in doubles (+1).
Women
   Kristie Ahn, 22 years old, member of Stanford's 2013 NCAA championship team, singles round of 16 in 2014 NCAA Tournament as a senior -- No. 889 in singles (no change), No. 758 in doubles (+8).
   CiCi Bellis, 15 years old, 2014 USTA Girls 18 national champion from Atherton -- No. 433 in singles (-2), No. 887 in doubles (-2).
   Hadley Berg, 18 years old, University of South Carolina freshman from Greenbrae -- No. 985 in doubles (+2).
   Mallory Burdette, 23 years old, NCAA singles runner-up in 2012 and NCAA doubles champion in 2011 and 2012 from Stanford -- Injured, unranked in singles and doubles.
   Nicole Gibbs, 21 years old, NCAA singles champion in 2012 and 2013 and NCAA doubles champion in 2012 from Stanford -- Career-high No. 101 in singles (no change), No. 545 in doubles (+1). 
   Michaela Gordon, 15 years old, 2014 USTA Girls 18 quarterfinalist from Saratoga -- No. 939 in singles (-2).
   Macall Harkins, 28 years old, Concord resident -- No. 409 in doubles (+6), No. 675 in singles (+1).
   Raquel Kops-Jones, 31 years old, San Jose resident, 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal -- Career-high No. 11 in doubles (no change), No. 762 in singles (+7).
   Maria Sanchez, 24 years old, born and raised in Modesto -- No. 93 in doubles (-3), No. 265 in singles (+10).
   Karina Vyrlan, 15 years old, Sacramento resident -- No. 847 in singles (+3).
   Allie Will, 23 years old, born in San Mateo -- No. 157 in doubles (-17), No. 468 in singles (+6).
   Carol Zhao, 19 years old, Stanford sophomore -- Career-high No. 296 in singles (+1), No. 549 (-188 in doubles). 

TV schedule, calendar

TV SCHEDULE
(All tournaments on Tennis Channel; all times in California)
Wednesday
   Metz (men), early rounds, 5-11 p.m. (delay).
Thursday
   Metz (men), early rounds, 1-5 p.m. (delay).
   Tokyo (women), quarterfinals, 5-11 p.m. (delay).
Friday
   Metz (men), quarterfinals, 1-5 p.m. (delay).
   Tokyo (women), semifinals, 5-9 p.m. (delay).
   Tokyo (women), final, 9-11 p.m. (live).
Saturday 
   Tokyo (women), final, 7-9 a.m. (replay).
   Guangzhou (women), semifinals, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (delay).
   Guangzhou (women), final, 1-3 p.m. (delay), 9-11 p.m. (replay).   
   Metz (men), semifinals, 5-9 p.m. (delay).
Sunday
   Seoul (women), final, 1-3 p.m. (delay), 7-9 p.m. (replay).
   Metz (men), final, 5-7 p.m. (delay), 9-11 p.m. (replay).
CALENDAR
   Monday-Sept. 28 -- $50,000 Napa Valley Challenger (men), Napa Valley Country Club, Napa, Calif. Entries include Marcos Baghdatis, Robby Ginepri, Ryan Harrison, Bradley Klahn, Michael Russell and Tim Smyczek. Qualifying begins Saturday at 10 a.m. www.napavalleychallenger.com
   Sept. 29-Oct. 5 -- $100,000 Sacramento Pro Circuit Challenger (men), Natomas Racquet Club, Sacramento, Calif. Entries include the above players plus Sam Querrey and Adrian Mannarino. Qualifying begins Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. www.sacchallenger.com
   Oct. 6-12 -- $100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger (men), Tiburon Peninsula Club, Tiburon, Calif. 2013 champions: Peter Polansky, Austin Krajicek/Rhyne Williams. Qualifying begins Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. www.tiburonchallenger.com
   Nov. 1-2 -- Sacramento Clay Court League finals, 8582 Westin Lane, Orangevale, Calif.