Thursday, March 30, 2017

Boland, longtime Virginia coach, takes USTA post

   Assuming Collin Altamirano of Sacramento returns for his senior year at two-time defending NCAA champion Virginia in the fall, he will play for a new coach.
   Brian Boland, who built the Cavaliers into the nation's top men's collegiate program, announced on Wednesday that he will leave after this season to become the USTA head of men's player development.
   Boland will oversee all training and coaching of male pro, collegiate and junior players by USTA player development and manage all USTA men's national coaches. He replaces Jay Berger, who has served in the position for the last nine years and will remain with the USTA through June.
   "Brian brings a unique skill set to player development, a combination of management and coaching expertise, which enabled him to build a championships culture at the University of Virginia," said Martin Blackman, the USTA's general manager of player development and a former Stanford star. "He's long been an innovative leader in the world of college tennis and athletics and is the right person at the right time -- a person who can build on the great foundation that has been laid by Jay Berger and our men's coaches and take us to the next level."
   Boland faces a big challenge. Although the future looks bright for the United States with nine men age 21 or younger in the top 250, no American man has won a Grand Slam singles title since Andy Roddick in 2003. With the retirement of Robby Ginepri in 2015, no active U.S. man has reached a major semifinal. And the United States won the last of its record 32 Davis Cup titles 10 years ago.
   Boland has amassed a 436-57 (.884) record in 16 seasons at Virginia with three NCAA team titles in the last four seasons. He has been named the ITA National Coach of the Year twice (2008 and 2016) and the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year 10 times. He has produced three NCAA singles and three doubles champions and 42 All-Americans.
   Under Boland, Virginia won 140 consecutive ACC matches over a decade. It's the longest streak in conference history in any sport.
   "For the past 16 years, my family and I have considered it a privilege and a blessing to call Charlottesville our home and the University of Virginia men's tennis program our life," Boland said. "From day one, we believed in the university, and the university believed in us. I will forever be indebted to our athletics director, Craig Littlepage, for taking a chance and granting me the opportunity to lead this program in 2001 at the age of 29. I am also appreciative of every administrator, assistant coach, student-athlete, staff member, donor and fan whose unwavering support and commitment allowed our program to be successful. For this, my family and I will always be truly grateful.
   "After much consideration and many conversations over a long period of time with my wife Becky, I have decided to resign at the end of this season and accept the role of head of men's tennis for USTA player development at the newly constructed USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. I consider this next step in my career to be the absolute highest honor and the ultimate responsibility that can be bestowed upon any tennis coach in the United States. I plan on doing everything in my power, together with the entire USTA and the private sector, to make sure American men's tennis regains its position as the global leader on the ATP Tour, in the Davis Cup and in the Olympics. Lastly, with the recent move of my parents to Florida, where several other of our family members currently reside, this decision gradually developed into the right one for not only my career, but most importantly for my family as well."
   Altamirano, who won the 2013 USTA national 18-and-under title, has split time with senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski at No. 1 singles for the Cavaliers this season.
   Virginia will conduct a national search for Boland's successor. Littlepage has not specified a timetable for filling the position.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chaudhary, Nelson gain Easter Bowl singles finals

   Two Northern Californians will play for singles titles on Thursday in the prestigious Easter Bowl in Indian Wells.
   No. 2 seed Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara outlasted unseeded Martin Damm Jr. of Bradenton, Fla., 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 today in the boys 14s. Damm's father won the 2006 U.S. Open doubles title with Leander Paes of India and peaked at No. 5 in the world in doubles the following year.
   Also, unseeded Priya Nelson of Sacramento beat No. 9 Violeta Martinez of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 6-4, 2-6 [10-2] in the girls 12s.
   Chaudhary will try to sweep the boys 14 titles when he faces No. 9 Alexander Bernard of Naples, Fla. No. 3 seeds Chaudhary and Timothy Li of Valley Village, Calif., downed unseeded Damm and Aidan Mayo from Roseville 7-5, 6-1 in the doubles final.
   Bernard knocked off No. 1 Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach 6-3, 6-1.
   Nelson will meet unseeded Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio. Yu surprised No. 1 Matilyn Wang of Scottsdale, Ariz., 6-4, 6-2.
    Meanwhile, No. 4 Sam Riffice from Roseville and unseeded Paul Barretto of Tiburon won their second-round matches in the boys 18s.
   Riffice dismissed unseeded Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., 6-2, 6-1. Kozlov's 19-year-old brother, Stefan, is a professional ranked No. 122 in the world. They were named after Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.
   Barretto routed No. 16 Keenan Mayo from Roseville 6-0, 6-3. Barretto will take on No. 1 Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga.
   Columbia-bound Austen Huang of Elk Grove lost to No. 14 Kyrylo Tsygura of North Potomac, Md., 6-0, 6-3.
   Katie Volynets, 15, of Walnut Creek topped Grace Joyce of Newton, Mass., 6-1, 7-5 in a second-round matchup of unseeded players in the girls 18s. Volynets will face No. 3 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla.
   No. 8 Ryder Jackson of Nicasio reached the boys 16 quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Pierce Rollins of Tulsa, Okla. No. 16 Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville fell to No. 4 Andrew Dale of Leesburg, Va., 6-1, 6-2.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Chaudhary, Nelson reach Easter semis in age groups

   Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara and Priya Nelson of Sacramento reached the singles semifinals in their age groups today in the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Calif.
   Chaudhary, seeded No. 2, defeated No. 7 Alex Lin of Gold River 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the boys 14s. The unseeded Nelson dominated No. 12 Ava Krug of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., 6-3, 6-1 in the girls 12s.
   Chaudhary will face unseeded Martin Damm Jr. of Bradenton, Fla. Damm, whose father won the 2006 U.S. Open doubles title with Leander Paes of India and peaked at No. 5 in the world in doubles in 2007, downed No. 16 Timothy Li of Valley Village, Calif., 6-3, 6-4.
   Chaudhary also advanced to the doubles final with Li. Seeded third, they will meet unseeded Damm and Aidan Mayo from Roseville.  
   Nelson will play No. 9 Violeta Martinez of Port Saint Lucie, Fla. Martinez edged No. 15 Alexis Blokhina of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-3, 3-6 [10-8].
   No. 8 Ryder Jackson of Nicasio and No. 16 Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville reached the round of 16 in the boys 16s, but Stevie Gould of Corte Madera and Cambell Nakayama of San Francisco lost.
   Also, Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks fell to No. 12 Eryn Cayetano of Corona, Calif., 6-4, 6-3 in the girls 16s.
   Second-round singles matches in the boys and girls 18s are scheduled for Wednesday. Still alive are No. 4 Sam Riffice and No. 16 Keenan Mayo, former Roseville neighbors; Paul Barretto of Tiburon; Austen Huang of Elk Grove; and 15-year-old Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mayo tops Brooksby in Easter Bowl showdown

   In a battle of Sacramento-area players, No. 16 seed Keenan Mayo topped Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby 6-4, 7-6 (1) today in the first round of the Easter Bowl boys 18s in Indian Wells, Calif.
   Both players are 16.
   Mayo will play another Northern Californian, Paul Barretto of Tiburon, in the second round. Barretto defeated Ivan Thamma of San Diego 6-3, 6-3.
   Also advancing were Sacramento-area products Sam Riffice, seeded fourth, and Austen Huang in the boys 18s and 15-year-old Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the girls 18s.
   Falling in the girls 18s were Sara Choy of Palo Alto and Niluka Madurawe of Sunnyvale.
   Four NorCal boys won in the first round of the 16s: No. 8 seed Ryder Jackson of Nicasio, No. 16 Marcus McDaniel of Vacaville, Stevie Gould of Corte Madera and Cambell Nakayama of San Francisco. Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks took her opener in the girls 16s.
   Two NorCal boys, and almost three, advanced to the quarterfinals in the 14s.
   No. 2 seed Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara routed No. 10 Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., 6-2, 6-0. Chaudhary will meet No. 7 Alex Lin, a Gold River resident who beat Logan Paik Chang of Old Westbury, N.Y., 6-3, 6-2.
   No. 12 seed Aidan Mayo, Keenan's brother, lost to No. 1 Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
   Meanwhile, Priya Nelson of Sacramento reached the girls 12 quarterfinals.

Stanford's Forood earns 400th victory

   Stanford women's coach Lele Forood posted the 400th victory of her career on Sunday as the No. 5 Cardinal shut out Hawaii 4-0 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   Forood, in her 17th season as Stanford's head coach after serving as an assistant and associate head coach for 14 years, improved to 400-38 (.913).
   Forood has led the Cardinal to eight NCAA team titles and 12 conference crowns, Stanford reported on its website. She has produced five NCAA singles champions and five NCAA doubles winners.
   Stanford (12-1, 4-0 Pacific-12 Conference) extended its winning streak to eight matches and improved to 9-0 at home.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ex-Stanford star Klahn falls in Calabasas final

Bradley Klahn volleys in last month's $100,000 KPSF Open in San Francisco.
Photo by Mal Taam
   In a matchup of former All-Americans at California universities, fourth-seeded Sebastian Fanselow of Germany outclassed wild card Bradley Klahn of Poway in the San Diego area 6-3, 6-2 today to win the $25,000 Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas in the Los Angeles region.
   Fanselow, a 25-year-old former Pepperdine star, captured his third straight title without losing a set. He won consecutive $15,000 tournaments in Indonesia last month.
   Klahn, who won the 2010 NCAA singles title as a Stanford sophomore, continued his comeback from back surgery. The left-hander reached a career-high No. 63 in March 2014 but underwent his second operation for a herniated disc in February 2015 and missed almost two years.
   Fanselow, ranked No. 386, saved the only break point he faced against the 26-year-old Klahn, ranked No. 614.
   Fanselow defeated qualifier John Lamble from Santa Clara 6-2, 6-0 in the second round and top-seeded Mackenzie McDonald from Piedmont by walkover in the semifinals.
   Klahn came back to win the doubles title with Connor Smith of Tampa, Fla. The fourth seeds edged second-seeded Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of Tempe, Ariz., 6-4, 6-7 (5) [10-5].

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Last NorCal juniors exit USTA Spring tourney

Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby, a 16-year-old wild card, lost in the
boys 18 quarterfinals of the USTA International Spring
Championships. 2017 photo by Paul Bauman
   Northern Californians went 0 for 3 on Friday and were eliminated from the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif.
   Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby, a 16-year-old wild card from the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael, lost to unseeded Axel Nefve of Boca Raton, Fla., 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the boys 18 quarterfinals.
   No. 8 seed Stefan Leustian of Mather in the Sacramento area fell to No. 6 Andrew Dale of Leesburg, Va., 6-1, 6-2 in the boys 16 semifinals.
   And No. 5 Leustian and Zachery Lim of Fairfield, between San Francisco and Sacramento, lost to unseeded Hunter Heck of New Brighton, Minn., and Alexander Petrov of Irvine, Calif., by walkover in the boys 16 doubles semis.
   Brooksby, ranked second nationally in the 16s, reached the 16-and-under final in the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla., last summer. He won the 12-and-under title in the 2013 USTA National Championships in Little Rock, Ark.