On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Mattek-Sands gets singles wild card

The last singles wild card awarded by Wimbledon was assigned to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands Sunday. The 32-year-old's third-round effort at the French Open brought her singles ranking back into the top 100. That's more than good enough, had it not occurred too late for the deadline, to have gotten her in on her own merit. As mainstream as Mattek-Sands' on-court wear has become lately, she needs to commemorate the occasion with something special. The ball jacket pictured here (2011) complied with the all-white rule beautifully. Bring it back!

2 On Court Sources: BBC Radio

Murrays will team up at Wimby, mom says

Before they're done, Judy Murray says sons Andy and Jamie will team up for doubles at Wimbledon. "While they are still happy and healthy I think they are quite happy doing their own thing and going their own way," Mama Murray told BBC Radio. "But I'm pretty sure you'll see them playing doubles at Wimbledon together before they end their careers." The two have starred in Davis Cup. On Tour, they last teamed up at Indian Wells in 2013. Both of Andy Murray's career doubles titles have come with his brother.

3 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Marin Cilic – tough luck customer on grass

Croatia's Marin Cilic had a match point in the Queen's Club final against Feliciano Lopez Sunday. And he lost. It is the third consecutive grass-court tournament in which the 2014 US Open champion has found heartbreak at the 11th hour. The previous week at 's-Hertogenbosch, Cilic lost his semifinal match to countryman Ivo Karlovic in a third-set tiebreak. And in the quarter-finals last year at Wimbledon, Cilic had three match points against Roger Federer. Up two sets to love, he lost that match 6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-3. He's certainly overdue for a grass karma turnaround.

4 On Court Sources: TennisTV

Team Fed hat game is strong

Team Roger Federer had all the bases covered during coverage of the Swiss star's matches at the Gerry Weber Open last week. First were the Laver Cup hats. Federer and agent Tony Godsick's company Team 8 are heavily invested in the putting on of the exhibition tournament to be held this fall in Prague. But let's not forget the merchandise. Also prominently displayed were the eponymous "RF" Nike caps. That's a comprehensive promotional plan. With all the camera time the players' entourages get, might as well take full advantage.

5 On Court Sources: YouTube

Alex Hunt earns 1st pro win

Alex Hunt was born without a lower left arm.  Now, he's going to try to make it on the pro tour. The 6-foot-2 Kiwi, 23, graduated from St. Mary's College in California last year. He earned his first professional win this week at an ITF Futures event in Guam. Hunt defeated Christopher Cajigan of the Northern Mariana Islands 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the main draw. He lost in the second round to Hiroyasu Ehara of Japan. 

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Hail to Thearle, a rare female ATP voice

The ATP commentary has typically been universally male, and overwhelmingly British. To the un-British ear, most of the boys they run through the booth are fairly indistinguishable, with varying degrees of quality. So how refreshing to have a female voice in the booth for the Halle tournament this week. Sue Thearle, 50, a former BBC presenter, not only has a mellifluous delivery, she also displayed solid knowledge – of the MEN'S game! – and let analyst Nick Lester do his thing.  More, please. They don't have to be former players if they're good.

2 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Despite 2-for-1, Mallorca crowd sparse

Halle set an attendance record.  Queen's Club added 2,000 extra seats. But the WTA Tour events didn't fare as well last week. There was a very nice crowd for the Birmingham Premier final, no doubt helped by two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova making it. In Mallorca, a second-year event, it's been more of a struggle – as it always is for women's tennis in Spain. Despite a "buy one, get one free" offer the last few days, the crowd was still pretty sparse for a very good final. They've got work to do there.

3 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Queen’s ballgirl returns after 20 years

Cute idea by the Queen's Club to bring back a 14-year-old ballgirl who inadvertently starred in a classic tournament moment. Amy Kavanagh froze when, in 1997, Goran Ivanisevic was so disgusted with his play, he handed her his racquet. Typically an exhibition move, this was the final.  Now 34 and a mom of three, she returned to Queen's Club for the first time since then. Watch the cute bit they did with her. Too bad Tomas Berdych just fired Ivanisevic as his coach; Goran might still have been around – for a true reunion!

4 Off Court Sources: Daily Mail

Former British DC captain on Dan Evans

John Lloyd has some words about Dan Evans. Evans, who announced a positive test for cocaine, seems known as an infamous party animal in British tennis circles "You don't have to live like a monk to be a successful tennis player, but Dan wasn't good enough to cut corners," former Davis Cup captain Lloyd told the Daily Mail. "Strangely, it was when he was going through a successful patch and making money that you'd hear stories." Evans withdrew from Wimbledon Sunday. The suspension officially kicks in Monday.   

5 Off Court Sources: Tennis Channel

Flashback: what’s in Safin’s bag?

Because Marat Safin is still missed, here's a flashback to to his 2009 "Bag Check" feature with the Tennis Channel. The Russian, still only 37, never aced Wimbledon. The years he was not, he ran into a brick wall. Goran Ivanisevic beat him in in the 2001 quarters on his way to winning the tournament as a wild card. Safin defeated Djokovic, Wawrinka and Feliciano Lopez to make the 2008 semis. Then he lost to Federer, setting up that all-time Nadal-Federer final. We can only hope he'll play the legends event sometime soon.