Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sac State women held out of relocated Big Sky tourney

The Sacramento State women's team poses after winning the 2012 Big Sky
Conference tournament at the Gold River Racquet Club in the Sacramento
area. Coach Dima Hrynashka is at front left, and Clarisse Baca is standing
third from right. Baca replaced the highly successful Hrynashka last October
under mysterious circumstances. Photo by Paul Bauman
   The Sacramento State saga continues.
   In the latest blows to Sacramento-area tennis, the Hornets women have been held out of the Big Sky Conference Championships, and the men's and women's tournaments have been moved from the Gold River Racquet Club to Phoenix.
   The Big Sky Championships, which had been held at Gold River every year since 2007 except in 2011, are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at the Phoenix Tennis Center. The Hornets men are seeded third.
   Sac State spokesman Andrew Tomsky said today that the school and NCAA are investigating the Hornets women's program but would not elaborate.
   "We can't comment on it since it's ongoing," said Tomsky, an assistant media relations director who handles women's tennis and four other sports at Sac State.
   Tomsky added that he doesn't know when the investigation will end.
   NCAA spokewoman Emily James also declined to comment.
   "Due to member rules, we cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations," James, an associate director of public and media relations for the Indianapolis-based NCAA, wrote in an email.
   Brad Wall, the Big Sky communications director for tennis, did not return a phone call this morning.
   Since February 2014, the Sacramento area has lost two World TeamTennis franchises, a $100,000 men's tournament on the USTA Pro Circuit, a legends tournament and the USTA 30-and-over Indoor Championships in addition to the Big Sky tourney. Tomsky said that to his knowledge, future sites for the latter have not been determined.
   Despite the CIA-like secrecy, the issue with the Sac State women's program is thought to be minor. One source said on the condition of anonymity that it concerns summer employment last year by current seniors Alina Soltanici of Moldova and Deimante Bulatovaite of Lithuania. Their status as international students could be a factor.
   Soltanici, who played No. 1 singles for Sac State in 2016, and Bulatovaite, who played primarily No. 3 or 4, sat out the regular season this year. When asked why, Tomsky said, "Due to the ongoing investigation." 
   On Oct. 6 last year at the beginning of the fall season, Sac State announced that Clarisse Baca had been named the acting women's coach. The former Hornets star replaced longtime coach Dima Hrynashka, a Belarus native whose name was not mentioned in the release.
   Bill Campbell, then Sac State's director of tennis, said on Oct. 25 that Hrynashka had taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.
   Campbell said Tuesday that he retired as director of tennis in "September or October."
   Campbell also declined to discuss possible NCAA infractions by Sac State.
   "I told (Sac State) I wouldn't answer any questions, so I'm not answering any questions," he said.
   Hrynashka's future at Sac State is unclear. He compiled records of 168-96 (.636) overall and 85-4 (.955) in the Big Sky in 10 seasons at the school and was named the conference Women's Coach of the Year five times (2008-11 and 2013).
   Sac State moved its women's home matches from the Rio del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento to the campus this season. The men, however, continued to play at Rio del Oro. Campbell founded and owns a chain of nine fitness clubs, including Rio del Oro, in the Sacramento area.   
   The Sac State women finished fifth in the 12-team Big Sky at 7-4 this season (9-17 overall). Six teams qualify for the postseason tournament, and the winner receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships.
   The Hornets women won 13 consecutive Big Sky tournament titles from 2002 to 2014 and lost in the first round of the NCAAs each time. They won one point total in their last five appearances.
   Northern Arizona is seeded first in this year's tournament, and two-time defending champion Idaho is second. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Breaking story tomorrow; Nelson profile postponed

   Because of a breaking story that I will post tomorrow, I have to postpone my profile of Sacramento's Priya Nelson until next week.
   Nelson recently won the girls 12 singles title in the prestigious Easter Bowl at Indian Wells.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Coming soon: Nelson profile, junior tourney

   I plan to post a profile of Sacramento's Priya Nelson, who recently won the girls 12 singles title in the prestigious Easter Bowl at Indian Wells, on Wednesday or Thursday.
   Then I'll cover the later rounds of the Rio Del Oro Junior Championships on May 6-7 at the Rio Del Oro Racquet Club in Sacramento. Nelson will play in the 16s.

Friday, April 14, 2017

After 2,000 posts, new blog format announced

   Since launching my website in June 2011, I have accumulated 2,000 posts while working full-time in Sacramento.
   Upon reflection, I have decided to alter the format.
   I will continue to cover professional, college and junior tournaments in Northern California (plus the first week of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in March) and write occasional news and feature stories.
   However, I will no longer post other tournament stories, weekly rankings or TV schedules. This will give me some time to work on a football book that I have been eager to write.
   My next blog post will be a profile of Sacramento's Priya Nelson this month. Nelson recently won the Easter Bowl girls 12 singles title in Indian Wells.
   Here's my tournament coverage schedule for the rest of the year:
   May 6-7 -- Late rounds of Rio Del Oro Junior Championships, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Sacramento.
   June 17-19 -- Late rounds of NorCal Boys 18 &16 Junior Sectional Championships, Natomas Racquet Club, Sacramento.
   June 17-19 -- Late rounds of NorCal 14s Junior Sectional Championships, Arden Hills Club & Spa, Sacramento.
   July 17-23 -- $60,000 women's professional tournament, Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, University of the Pacific, Stockton.
   July 24-30 -- $60,000 women's professional tournament, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River (Sacramento area).
   July 31-Aug. 6 -- Bank of the West Classic, Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford.
   Aug. 7-13 -- $100,000 men's professional tournament, Seascape Sports Club, Aptos, Calif.
   Sept. 11-17 -- $25,000 women's professional tournament, Sun Oaks Tennis & Fitness, Redding, Calif.
   Sept. 25-Oct. 1 -- $100,000 men's professional tournament, Tiburon Peninsula Club, Tiburon (San Francisco Bay Area).
   Sept./Oct. TBA -- Professional exhibition in Sacramento area.
   Oct. 2-8 -- $100,000 men's professional tournament, Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center, University of the Pacific, Stockton.
   Oct. 9-15 -- $100,000 men's professional tournament, Solano Community College, Fairfield, Calif.
   Oct. 16-22 -- $25,000 men's professional tournament, Hellman Tennis Complex, University of California, Berkeley.
   Oct. 23-29 -- $25,000 men's professional tournament, Broadway Tennis Center, Burlingame (San Francisco Bay Area).

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Azarenka to return in Bank of the West Classic

Victoria Azarenka begins a practice at Indian Wells
last year by tossing a football. Azarenka went on to
win the title and the following Miami Open for a rare
Sunshine Double. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka announced today that she will return to the WTA tour in the Bank of the West Classic, July 31-Aug. 6 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
   Azarenka gave birth to her first child, a son named Leo, on Dec. 20. The 27-year-old Belarus native will make her fifth appearance at Stanford, where she won the singles title in 2010 and the doubles crown with Maria Kirilenko of Russia in 2011.
   "I am very excited to be returning to the WTA at the Bank of the West Classic," said Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam singles champion (2012 and 2013 Australian Open). "Becoming a mother has been the most rewarding thing that has ever happened to me and really puts things in perspective. I am looking forward to beginning this new stage of my career."
   Azarenka, who will turn 28 on the first day of the Bank of the West Classic, has another Northern California connection besides her Stanford titles. Slava Konikov, in his 12th season as the Sacramento State men's coach, worked extensively with her when she was a junior in Belarus.
   In Azarenka's last match on the tour, she retired in the first round of the 2016 French Open against Karin Knapp of Italy with a knee injury that also caused her to withdraw from Wimbledon.
   Earlier last year, Azarenka became only the third woman besides Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters to pull off a Sunshine Double, winning back-to-back titles in Indian Wells and Miami.
   The Bank of the West Classic also received a commitment from 10th-ranked Madison Keys, who recently launched a comeback of her own. The 22-year-old American returned to the circuit in March at Indian Wells, where she reached the fourth round, after undergoing left wrist surgery last fall.
   Keys, who climbed to a career-high No. 7 last October, has lost in the second round in both of her Stanford appearances (2013 and 2015).
   Bank of the West tickets are available online or by phone at (866) WTA-TIXS (982-8497).

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Querrey loses; U.S. ousted in Davis Cup

   Nick Kyrgios defeated Sam Querrey, a San Francisco native, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 today to give host Australia an insurmountable 3-1 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
   Querrey led 3-1 in the third set on a hardcourt in Brisbane.
   Australia likely will play Belgium, which leads visiting Italy 2-1 in the best-of-five-match series, in September's semifinals. Belgium would host again with a victory, but if Italy rallies to win, it will travel to Australia.
   The United States and Australia are the two most celebrated nations in Davis Cup history with 32 and 28 titles, respectively. However, the Americans haven't won the Cup since 2007, and the Aussies haven't done so since 2003.

Bay Area product McDonald wins Futures doubles title

Mackenzie McDonald, shown last September, won the
doubles title in the $25,000 Memphis (Tenn.) Futures with
Lloyd Glasspool of Great Britain. Photo by Paul Bauman
   No. 4 seeds Mackenzie McDonald, who grew up near Oakland in Piedmont, and Lloyd Glasspool of Great Britain defeated No. 1 Philip Bester of Canada and Alex Lawson of Tempe, Ariz., 6-2, 7-6 (3) Friday for the doubles title in the $25,000 Memphis (Tenn.) Futures.
   It was McDonald's fifth Futures doubles title but first with Glasspool. McDonald, who will turn 22 on April 16, also won the Fairfield (Calif.) Challenger last October with Brian Baker of Nashville, Tenn.
   McDonald, seeded No. 1 in singles, lost to unseeded Jared Hiltzik of Tampa, Fla., 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in today's semifinals.
   McDonald, only 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 145 pounds (66 kilograms), is ranked a career-high No. 235 in singles. Hiltzik, a former Illinois All-American ranked No. 466, will play unseeded Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in the final. Gaganganga topped Bester, seeded eighth, 6-4, 6-0.
   After beating McDonald 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2 in the second round of the $100,000 San Francisco Challenger in February, fellow American Denis Kudla said, "For sure, he'll be a top-100 player -- guarantee it -- so I knew it would be tough."
   Kudla, 24, is ranked No. 136 after reaching a career-high No. 53 last May.
   Glasspool and McDonald, now based in Los Angeles, have played separately on the last two NCAA championship doubles teams. Glasspool teamed with Soren Hess-Olesen for Texas in 2015, and McDonald paired with Martin Redlicki for UCLA last year.
   McDonald turned pro last June, forgoing his senior year, after becoming the first man since Matias Boeker of Georgia in 2001 to sweep the NCAA titles.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rankings mover of the week: Bradley Klahn

   Bradley Klahn continued his comeback from back surgery by reaching the singles final and winning the doubles title in the recent $25,000 Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas in the Los Angeles area.
   Klahn, who won the 2010 NCAA singles title as a Stanford sophomore, soared 130 places to No. 633 in singles and 139 spots to No. 475 in doubles.
   The 26-year-old left-hander from the San Diego suburb of Poway climbed to career highs of No. 63 in singles and No. 131 in doubles in March 2014. However, he underwent his second operation for a herniated disc in February 2015 and missed almost two years.
WORLD RANKINGS
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from previous week in parentheses):
Men's singles
   No. 25 (+2) -- Sam Querrey, 29-year-old San Francisco native.
   No. 187 (-11) -- Dennis Novikov, 23-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 235 (career high, +10) -- Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old product of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 633 (+130) -- Bradley Klahn, 26-year-old former NCAA singles champion from Stanford.
   No. 654 (-5) -- Dmitry Tursunov, 34-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area, 
   No. 703 (+4) -- Ryan Haviland, 36-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 798 (+25) -- John Lamble, 25-year-old Saratoga resident and former Santa Clara star. 
   No. 815 (-1) -- Collin Altamirano, 21-year-old Sacramento native and resident.
   No. 892 (-16) -- Connor Farren, 22-year-old product former USC standout from Hillsborough in San Francisco Bay Area.
Men's doubles
   No. 3 (+1) -- Bob Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford..
   No. 3 (+1) -- Mike Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA doubles champion from Stanford.
   No. 59 (+2) -- Scott Lipsky, 35-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 60 (+5) -- Sam Querrey, 29-year-old San Francisco native.
   No. 139 (career high, +4) -- Dennis Novikov, 23-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 248 (-1) -- Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old product of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 387 (+2) -- John Paul Fruttero, 35-year-old former Cal All-American.
   No. 475 (+139) -- Bradley Klahn, 26-year-old former NCAA singles champion from Stanford.
   No. 621 (-1) -- John Lamble, 25-year-old Saratoga resident and former Santa Clara star
Women's singles
   No. 54 (career high, +1) -- CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old product of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 70 (-1) -- Sloane Stephens, 24-year-old Fresno product. 
   No. 128 (-9) -- Nicole Gibbs, 24-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford..
   No. 206 (-3) -- Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 384 (-11) -- Maria Sanchez, 27-year-old Modesto product.
   No. 522 (+5) -- Carol Zhao, 21-year-old former Stanford star.
   No. 723 (+2) -- Michaela Gordon, 17-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area
Women's doubles
   No. 22 (-2) -- Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 34-year-old San Jose resident and 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal.
   No. 60 (+1) -- Maria Sanchez, 27-year-old Modesto product.
   No. 159 (no change) -- Nicole Gibbs, 24-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford.
   No. 335 (-5) -- Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 381 (+9) -- Carol Zhao, 21-year-old former Stanford star.   
   No. 507 (+4) -- CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old product of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 598 (+3) -- Maegan Manasse, 21-year-old Cal senior.
   No. 620 (+1) -- Michaela Gordon, 17-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area. 
   No. 709 (+2) -- Felicity Maltby, 19-year-old Sunnyvale resident.
   No. 731 (+2) -- Alexandra Facey, 24-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area. 
   No. 731 (+2) -- Kat Facey, 24-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area.

TV schedule, calendar

TV SCHEDULE 
(All times in California; all broadcasts live on Tennis Channel)
Wednesday
   Charleston (women), early rounds, 7 a.m.

Thursday

   Charleston (women), early rounds, 7 a.m.
   Davis Cup quarterfinals, United States at Australia, 7 p.m.
Friday

   Charleston (women), quarterfinals, 10 a.m.

   Davis Cup quarterfinals, United States at Australia, 8 p.m.
Saturday 

   Charleston (women), semifinals, 10 a.m.

   Davis Cup quarterfinals, United States at Australia, 7 p.m.
Sunday
   Charleston (women), doubles final, 7:30 a.m.
   Charleston (women), singles final, 10 a.m.
CALENDAR
   Thursday-Saturday -- Davis Cup quarterfinals, United States at Australia.
   Saturday-Sunday -- Gold River Junior Championships, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif.
   Friday-Sunday -- Maze Cup (Northern California vs. Southern California juniors), Bakersfield.
   April 22-23 -- Fed Cup semifinals, Czech Republic at United States, Switzerland at Belarus.
   April 26-29 -- Pacific-12 Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Ojai, Calif.
   April 27-30 -- Big West Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Indian Wells.
   April 27-29 -- West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Claremont, Calif.
   April 27-30 -- Mountain West Conference Women's Championships, Las Vegas.
   April 28-30 -- Mountain West Conference Men's Championships, Boise, Idaho
   April 28-30 -- Big Sky Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Phoenix.
   April 29-30, May 6-7 -- Rio Del Oro Junior Championships, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Sacramento.
   May 12-14 -- NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Team Championships, first and second rounds at campus sites.
   May 18-29 -- NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships, Athens, Ga.
   May 28-June 11 -- FRENCH OPEN, Paris. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Garbine Muguruza, Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez, Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Taggart wins girls 16 doubles title in Easter Bowl

   Unseeded Jillian Taggart of Fair Oaks in the Sacramento area and Sedona Gallagher of Henderson, Nev., won the girls 16 doubles title in the Easter Bowl on Friday.
   Taggart and Gallagher edged No. 4 seeds Gabriella Cusano and Jayci Goldsmith, both of Austin, Texas, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5) in Indian Wells, Calif.
   Taggart was one of three Northern Californians to win a gold ball in the Easter Bowl. Priya Nelson of Sacramento triumphed in girls 12 singles, and Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara prevailed in boys 14 doubles.
   NorCal had three runners-up: Chaudhary in boys 14 singles, Sam Riffice from Roseville in boys 18 doubles and John W. Kim of Sunnyvale in boys 12 doubles.
   Southern Californians won the boys and girls 18 singles championships. No. 8 seed Alafia Ayeni of San Diego outlasted No. 10 Sebastian Korda of Bradenton, Fla., 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 for the boys title, and No. 1 Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks in the Los Angeles region routed No. 4 Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, 6-1, 6-2 for the girls crown.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Roseville's Riffice falls in Easter Bowl boys 18 semis

   Sebastian Korda has come a long way in one year.
   After getting demolished by Sacramento-area product Sam Riffice in the first round of the boys 18s in last year's Easter Bowl, No. 10 seed Korda defeated No. 4 Riffice 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final in the prestigious tournament at Indian Wells, Calif.
   Korda, 16, improved to 1-2 against Riffice, 18, in ITF tournaments, all on hardcourts. Korda lost 6-0, 6-1 in the 2016 Easter Bowl and 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals of the Coffee Bowl in San Juan, Costa Rica, in January.
   Korda will face No. 8 Alafia Ayeni of San Diego for the title. Ayeni beat No. 6 Patrick Kypson of Raleigh, N.C., 6-3, 7-5.
   Korda comes from a prominent sports family. His father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open to reach No. 2 in the world. However, he tested positive for doping at Wimbledon that year, was suspended for 12 months and retired before the ban at age 30.
   Sebastian's mother, Regina Rajchrtova, peaked at No. 26 in 1991, and his sisters, 24-year-old Jessica and 18-year-old Nelly, are playing in the LPGA's first major of the year in nearby Rancho Mirage. Jessica and Nelly are tied for 11th and tied for 19th, respectively, entering the final round of the ANA Inspiration.
   Riffice also lost in the doubles final with Brian Cernoch of North Potomac, Md. Seeded second, they fell to No. 3 Oliver Crawford of Spartanburg, S.C., and Patrick Kypson of Raleigh, N.C., 6-1, 6-4.
   Priya Nelson of Sacramento added the girls 12 sportsmanship award to her singles title.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Roseville's Riffice gains Easter Bowl boys 18 semis

   No. 4 seed Sam Riffice, who grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville, defeated his doubles partner, No. 7 Brian Cernoch of Rockville, Md., 6-1, 7-6 (3) today in the boys 18 quarterfinals of the Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Calif.
   Riffice will face No. 10 Sebastian Korda, a resident of Bradenton, Fla., who beat Jake Sands of Pacific Palisades in the Los Angeles area 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the prestigious hardcourt tournament.
   Korda's father, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open to reach No. 2 in the world. Rail thin, he tested positive for doping at Wimbledon that year and was suspended for 12 months but retired shortly before the ban at age 30.
   Korda's mother, Regina Rajchrtova, climbed to a career-high No. 26 in 1991. His 24-year-old sister, Jessica, won the first of her four LPGA titles in the 2012 Australian Open.
   Riffice, 18, is 2-0 against Korda, 16, in ITF tournaments, both on hardcourts. In their last meeting, Riffice prevailed 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) in the quarterfinals of the Coffee Bowl in January in San Juan, Costa Rica.
   No. 2 seeds Cernoch and Riffice reached the doubles final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over unseeded Austen Huang and Ryan Seggerman of Coronado in the San Diego region.
   Cernoch and Riffice will meet No. 3 Oliver Crawford of Spartanburg, S.C., and Patrick Kypson of Raleigh, N.C.
   In the boys 16 singles semifinals, No. 13 Stefan Dostanic of Irvine, Calif., overwhelmed No. 8 Ryder Jackson of Nicasio, north of San Francisco, 6-1, 6-1.

Nelson wins Easter Bowl title, but Chaudhary falls

Priya Nelson of Sacramento poses with her Easter Bowl girls 12
singles gold ball and sportsmanship award. At right is her coach,
Joseph Gilbert. Photo courtesy of Joseph Gilbert
   Northern Californians went 1 for 2 on Thursday in Easter Bowl singles finals.
   Priya Nelson of Sacramento dominated Eleana Yu of Mason, Ohio, 6-1, 6-3 in a matchup of unseeded players in the girls 12s.
   But No. 2 seed Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara lost to No. 9 Alexander Bernard of Naples, Fla., 6-4, 6-2. Chaudhary won the doubles title with Timothy Li of Valley Village, Calif., on Wednesday.
   Meanwhile, No. 8 Ryder Jackson of Nicasio held off No. 11 Alex Lee of Oak Brook, Ill., 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the boys 16 quarterfinals. Jackson will meet No. 13 Stefan Dostanic, an Irvine resident who outlasted unseeded Jacob Bullard of Calabasas 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
   In the boys 18s, No. 4 Sam Riffice from Roseville beat unseeded Trey Hilderbrand of San Antonio 6-2, 6-3. Riffice will play No. 7 Brian Cernoch of Rockville, Md. Unseeded Paul Barretto of Tiburon fell to No. 1 Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga., 7-5, 6-2.
   Unseeded Katie Volynets, 15, of Walnut Creek lost to No. 3 Whitney Osuigwe of Bradenton, Fla., 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Brooksby reaches boys 18 quarters in Spring tourney

Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby, shown last month, routed No. 13 seed
Juan Alejo Hernandez Serrano in the USTA International Spring
Championships in Carson, Calif. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Jenson (J.T.) Brooksby, a 16-year-old wild card from Carmichael in the Sacramento area, ousted another seed on Thursday to reach the boys 18 quarterfinals in the USTA International Spring Championships in Carson, Calif.
   Brooksby outclassed No. 13 Juan Alejo Hernandez Serrano of Mexico 6-3, 6-1.
   Brooksby, who stunned No. 4 seed and 2016 runner-up Sam Riffice in the first round, will face unseeded Axel Nefve of Boca Raton, Fla. Nefve beat unseeded Ryan Goetz of Greenlawn, N.Y., 6-2, 6-2.
   Riffice, who turned 18 on March 1, grew up in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville.
   Meanwhile, Stefan Leustian of Mather in the Sacramento area advanced to the boys 16 semifinals in singles and doubles.
   Leustian, seeded No. 8 in singles, defeated No. 14 Andres Martin of Flowery Branch, Ga., 7-5, 6-3. Leustian will play No. 6 Andrew Dale of Leesburg, Va. Dale beat unseeded Stefan Dostanic of Irvine, Calif., 6-4, 6-3.
   No. 5 Leustian and Zachery Lim of Fairfield, near San Francisco, edged No. 4 Leighton Allen of Austin, Texas, and Dale 5-7, 6-2 [11-9].      

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rankings mover of the week: Nicole Gibbs (down)

Nicole Gibbs, serving in last year's BNP Paribas Open,
plunged 25 places to No. 119 after losing in the first
round at Indian Wells this year. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Nicole Gibbs, unable to duplicate her success last spring, continued to tumble in the world rankings.
   The former Stanford star (2011-13), who climbed to a career-high No. 68 last July, plunged 25 more places to No. 119 this week after losing in the first round at Indian Wells to Heather Watson of Great Britain. Gibbs is 0-3 since reaching the third round of the Australian Open in January.
   Gibbs advanced to the fourth round at Indian Wells as a qualifier last year, upsetting Madison Keys in the second round and losing to two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-4 in the third set.
WORLD RANKINGS
   Players with Northern California ties ranked in the top 1,000 in the world (change from previous week in parentheses):
Men's singles
   No. 27 (-1) -- Sam Querrey, 29-year-old San Francisco native.
   No. 176 (-3) -- Dennis Novikov, 23-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 245 (career high, +12) -- Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old product of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 649 (-95) -- Dmitry Tursunov, 34-year-old resident of Folsom in Sacramento area, 
   No. 707 (+9) -- Ryan Haviland, 36-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 763 (no change) -- Bradley Klahn, 26-year-old former NCAA singles champion from Stanford.
   No. 823 (-23) -- John Lamble, 24-year-old Saratoga resident and former Santa Clara star. 
   No. 814 (+4) -- Collin Altamirano, 21-year-old Sacramento native and resident.
   No. 876 (-13) -- Connor Farren, 22-year-old product former USC standout from Hillsborough in San Francisco Bay Area.
Men's doubles
   No. 4 (-1) -- Bob Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford..
   No. 4 (-1) -- Mike Bryan, 38-year-old former NCAA doubles champion from Stanford.
   No. 61 (-3) -- Scott Lipsky, 35-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 65 (+14) -- Sam Querrey, 29-year-old San Francisco native.
   No. 143 (+5) -- Dennis Novikov, 23-year-old resident of Milpitas in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 247 (career high, +5) -- Mackenzie McDonald, 21-year-old product of Piedmont in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 389 (+1) -- John Paul Fruttero, 35-year-old former Cal All-American.
   No. 620 (-86) -- John Lamble, 24-year-old Saratoga resident and former Santa Clara star
   No. 614 (no change) -- Bradley Klahn, 26-year-old former NCAA singles champion from Stanford.
Women's singles
   No. 55 (career high, no change) -- CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old product of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 69 (+1) -- Sloane Stephens, 23-year-old Fresno product. 
   No. 119 (-25) -- Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford..
   No. 203 (+10) -- Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 373 (-2) -- Maria Sanchez, 27-year-old Modesto product.
   No. 527 (no change) -- Carol Zhao, 21-year-old former Stanford star.
   No. 725 (-7) -- Michaela Gordon, 17-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area
Women's doubles
   No. 21 (no change) -- Raquel Atawo (formerly Kops-Jones), 34-year-old San Jose resident and 2003 NCAA doubles champion from Cal.
   No. 61 (-1) -- Maria Sanchez, 27-year-old Modesto product.
   No. 159 (-4) -- Nicole Gibbs, 23-year-old former NCAA singles and doubles champion from Stanford.
   No. 330 (+31) -- Kristie Ahn, 24-year-old former Stanford All-American.
   No. 390 (+3) -- Carol Zhao, 21-year-old former Stanford star.   
   No. 511 (-3) -- CiCi Bellis, 17-year-old product of Atherton in San Francisco Bay Area.
   No. 601 (-3) -- Maegan Manasse, 21-year-old Cal senior.
   No. 613 (+113) -- Michaela Gordon, 17-year-old resident of Saratoga in San Francisco Bay Area. 
   No. 711 (-12) -- Felicity Maltby, 19-year-old Sunnyvale resident.
   No. 733 (-11) -- Alexandra Facey, 24-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area. 
   No. 733 (-11) -- Kat Facey, 24-year-old product of Cameron Park in Sacramento area.
   No. 886 (-5) -- Sloane Stephens, 23-year-old Fresno product.  

TV schedule, calendar

MIAMI OPEN TV SCHEDULE 
(All times in California; all broadcasts live)

Thursday
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.
   Women's second round, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.
   Men's and women's second round, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday 
   Miami, preview, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.
   Women's third round, men's second round, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sunday
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.
   Men's and women's third round, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Monday
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.
   Women's fourth round, men's third round, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 7 a.m.
   Women's quarterfinals, men's fourth round, Tennis Channel, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 9 a.m.
   Men's and women's quarterfinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, March 30
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 9 a.m.
   Women's semifinals and men's quarterfinals, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Friday, March 31
   Preview, Tennis Channel, 9 a.m.
   Men's semifinal, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-noon.
   Men's semifinal, ESPNEWS, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 1
   Women's final, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2
   Men's final, ESPN2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CALENDAR
   Through Sunday -- USTA International Spring Championships, Carson, Calif.
   March 25-April 2 -- Easter Bowl, Indian Wells.
   April 1-2, 8-9 -- Gold River Junior Championships, Gold River Racquet Club, Gold River, Calif.
   April 7-9 -- Maze Cup (Northern California vs. Southern California juniors), Bakersfield.
   April 22-23 -- Fed Cup semifinals, Czech Republic at United States, Switzerland at Belarus.
   April 26-29 -- Pacific-12 Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Ojai, Calif.
   April 27-30 -- Big West Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Indian Wells.
   April 27-29 -- West Coast Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Claremont, Calif.
   April 27-30 -- Mountain West Conference Women's Championships, Las Vegas.
   April 28-30 -- Mountain West Conference Men's Championships, Boise, Idaho
   April 28-30 -- Big Sky Conference Men's and Women's Championships, Phoenix.
   April 29-30, May 6-7 -- Rio Del Oro Junior Championships, Rio Del Oro Racquet Club, Sacramento.
   May 12-14 -- NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Team Championships, first and second rounds at campus sites.
   May 18-29 -- NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships, Athens, Ga.
   May 28-June 11 -- FRENCH OPEN, Paris. 2015 champions: Novak Djokovic, Garbine Muguruza, Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez, Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic, Martina Hingis/Leander Paes.