On Court
1 On Court Sources:

Djokovic expects full form by mid-’18

Novak Djokovic says he'll be back in full form in the middle of next season, although he won't complain if it happens sooner. In an interview with Novosti, Djokovic also talked about what he's looking for in a day-to-day coach to supplement Andre Agassi. "A former player who had an enviable career and who managed to get the most out of himself at all times. Who was not No. 1, but was smart enough, wise and persistent to always go 100 per cent, both physically and tennis-wise," Djokovic said. "(And) it's someone whose life values ​​are in line with mine." 

2 On Court Sources: TenisBrasil

Ex-Bouchard trainer now with Puig

Cassiano Costa, the trainer who did good work with Eugenie Bouchard this year before she went in another direction, has joined Monica Puig. Costa and the Puerto Rican began working together in Linz last week and will go into the off-season together. Puig posted her first top-20 win of '17 when she upset top seed Angelique Kerber Tuesday in Luxembourg. Costa had returned to work with an old client, countryman Thomaz Bellucci, in late summer.   But the Brazilian lefty returned home to take care of an Achilles injury. Costa will reportedly try to balance both jobs.  

3 On Court Sources: YouTube

19-set futility streak ends for Mladenovic

Kristina Mladenovic finally won a set Wednesday in Moscow. On the flip side, the French No. 1 and top seed still went down to defeat to Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. The 19-set losing streak began in the second round at the Citi Open Washington D.C. with a straight-sets loss to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu. The last match Mladenovic won was in the first round there. Astonishingly, she will find herself at a career high No. 11 in the rankings next Monday. And she's still a lock to qualify for the Zhuhai second-tier WTA final.

4 On Court Sources: DavisCup.com

Levy Israel’s new Davis Cup captain

The Israeli Davis Cup squad will face Romania Oct. 27-29 with a new captain, as Harel Levy replaces Eyal Ran after 12 years. It's a relegation tie; the winner remains in Europe/Africa Group I. Levy will have his best available, led by Dudi Sela and doubles specialist Jonathan Erlich. Not so for Romania, captained by Simona Halep coach Andrei Pavel. He'll be missing No. 1 Marius Copil and No. 3 Adrian Ungur (13 Davis Cup ties). Also missing are doubles specialists Horia Tecau and Florin Mergea. Tecau and Dutch partner Jean-Julian Rojer will be playing in Vienna next week.

5 On Court Sources: Stockholm Open, YouTube

Janowicz still has his sense of humor

It's been a tough go for Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, the volatile former world No. 14 who has been struggling with injuries for two years. The 26-year-old stood at No. 280 at the beginning of 2017, but has cut that in half. And he can still laugh at himself. Asked about his fastest serve ever, Janowicz said he thought it was 156 mph (251 km/hr). "It was when I was young and pretty, Now I'm getting bald, and getting old, and limping a little bit," Janowicz said, laughing, after winning his first-round match in Stockholm Wednesday.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Serena’s baby already on Twitter

Serena's baby daughter Alexis Olympia is barely six weeks old. But she's already been on Twitter for a month. Surprisingly, "@JrAlexisOhanian" only has 500 followers so far. You'd think Williams' major fan base would have been all over this concept. And it may well be that the best clues about when the defending Australian champions – both of them – return may come right here. From the look of things, Baby Alexis already is gearing up to become not only a world traveler, but her mom's loudest supporter.  She's already got the Serena fist pump down pat.

2 Off Court Sources: InsideOut Magazine

Sharapova, Puig headed to Puerto Rico

Maria Sharapova isn't just donating profits from her candy line to Monica Puig's fundraising efforts for her native Puerto Rico. She and Puig are headed there next week. "I will go with Maria on Monday," Puig told the media in Luxembourg Tuesday.  "We have supplies on the way to Puerto Rico and once we get there we’re going to be there to distribute and to tend to the people in need and to go to the most affected towns and see the people, listen to them and give them hope."

3 Off Court Sources: Luxemburger Wort

Bouchard speaks to Chamber of Commerce

The things do when you take an appearance fee to play in a tournament ... The day of her first-round loss to Johanna Larsson Tuesday, Canadian Genie Bouchard found herself speaking in front of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce along with race-car driver Valerie Chiasson. The WTA also had her pose with a poster board promoting next week's WTA Tour Finals in Singapore. Bouchard qualified in 2014, but not since. She was not alone. A day after her own first-round ouster, No. 1 seed (and wild card) Angelique Kerber was scheduled for a meet-and-greet.

4 Off Court Sources: Wimbledon.com

RIP, Wimbledon librarian Alan Little

Alan Little, Wimbledon's honorary librarian and resident historian, attended the tournament every year since 1948. This year ended up being his finale. The former tennis writer and impetus behind the creation of the AELTC Wimbledon museum and library passed away last week, at age 89. Little built the library's collection to more than 6,000 books. Among those are 35 he wrote himself including 27 editions of the Wimbledon Compendium. He was made an honorary AELTC member in 1985 and awarded an MBE for "services to tennis" in 2014. This year, he was given the AELTC's Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his 40 years of service.

5 Off Court Sources: Western & Southern Open, YouTube

John Isner, heavy equipment operator

It would be a challenge for any tournament to make a fun PR moment out of stadium construction. But the joint WTA/ATP Tour event in Cincinnati managed it beautifully with the help of a temporary construction worker they call "Big John." The W & S Open conscripted the top male American player to don the hardhat and get behind the wheel of the heavy-duty equipment for a cute video about the major work already under way to make the event bigger and better in 2018. They might have misjudged his head size a little, though.