On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Zvonareva’s comeback continues

Former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva continues her comeback at the small WTA Tour event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this week. The Russian, who turned 33 during the US Open, qualified there after reaching the final of a $125K WTA event in China the second week of the Open. Zvonareva upset No. 4 seed Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round Monday. She'll play Pauline Parmentier Wednesday. Her live ranking is up 45 spots (to No. 263) already. She should have no trouble getting into the Australian Open qualifying on her steam. When she returned in July, it was No. 792.

2 On Court Sources: Instagram, USTA

The ladies of the 90s (and over)

Those old commercials touting tennis as the sport for a lifetime weren't just talk. The 90-and-over women's category is gaining some traction. There are 10 women in the 90s USTA national doubles rankings and seven in the singles – led by Rita Price of Aurora, Colo. Price is undefeated in singles over the last 12 months. She and doubles partner Elizabeth Cookson also are undefeated. Their latest is a victory over Madeline Smith and Joyce Vanderpol at the national indoor championships in Vancouver, Washington last week.

3 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Laver Cup affects Asian swing

The Laver Cup was a great success. But the players' bread and butter is the ATP Tour. And there was an immediate spillover effect on this week's Asian swing openers. Losing top-level players has a direct impact on small events like Chengdu and Shenzhen. Defending Shenzhen champion Tomas Berdych and Frances Tiafoe withdrew before it began because of the Laver Cup. Alexander Zverev (Shenzhen) and Dominic Thiem (Chengdu) – the only top 10s in action this week – are the No. 1 seeds. They may arrive the worse for wear after Team Europe's celebrations.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Patience pays off for Gojowczyk

At 28, in his 12th season as a pro and after multiple injuries, patience paid off for Peter Gojowczyk this week. The German qualified, and then defeated five top-100 players on his way to his first career ATP Tour title. He did it without a coach or anyone with him for support. Two were Frenchman – Gilles Simon, and then Benoit Paire in the final. As a result, Gojowczyk hits a career high of No. 66 Monday. For most of the last six years, he had hovered between 100-300.

5 On Court Sources: ITF, Twitter

U.S. wins junior Fed Cup title

Given the American girls' successes at the junior Slams this year – Whitney Osuigwe and Claire Liu in the French Open final, Liu and Ann Li in the Wimbledon final and Amanda Animisomova and Coco Gauff in the US Open final, it's no surprise they ruled the junior Fed Cup in Budapest as well. Anisimova (who didn't play because of illness) Osuigwe and Caty McNally won the title, which is restricted to players 16 and under. Anisimova and McNally were finalists a year ago. The Czech boys won the junior Davis Cup title.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Laver Cup, Players Voice

Personal gesture for Kyrgios

Athletes in various sports took a knee over the weekend as an act of silent protest against racial inequality. Australian Nick Kyrgios did the same before his match against Roger Federer at the Laver Cup in Prague. Most assumed he did so in solidarity. But Kyrgios said it was a personal gesture. "I’m doing that before most matches just to remember, you know, the two most important people that have passed away," Kyrgios said afterwards. Kyrgios has had both grandfather Christos Kyrgios and grandmother Julianah Foster pass away over the last two years.

2 Off Court Sources: Team Luke, Tennis.Life

Roddick headlines Team Luke fundraiser

Andy Roddick hops on board as Team Luke, the foundation named for the son of former Texas Tech head coach Tim Siegel, continues its fundraising efforts. Siegel's son Luke suffered a traumatic brain injury nearly two years ago, and the foundation is devoted to the cause. The second annual "Play for Team Luke" event will take place Oct. 7 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Information is here. The Team Luke Tennis Classic, a $25K ITF Pro Circuit event, took place last week in Lubbock TX. Alisa Kleybanova, who has survived challengers of her own, won the singles.

3 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Empty stands in Guangzhou

As much as the WTA has focused on Asia – China, in particular – as a new frontier for increasing its revenue, the fans are often disguised as empty seats. Last weekend's final at the International event in Guangzhou only underscores the dichotomy. The tournament, around since 2004, had a Chinese player in the final. And she won. And yet, the stands were woefully empty. There will be more of the same in the coming weeks, on both the men's and women's sides. Perhaps the corporate sponsorship is there. But the optics are poor.

4 Off Court Sources: Players Voice

Dellacqua fights for her family’s rights

"I’ve said many times that I’ve never wanted to be the poster girl for society’s attitude towards same-sex relationships. But sometimes there are situations in life where you just need to stand up for what you believe in." Casey Dellacqua writes eloquently in the Players Voice as Australian citizens take part in a postal survey the government is using to gauge support for same-sex marriage.   "All I want for my life and my family – Amanda and our two beautiful young children – is just to be happy, and loved," she writes.

5 Off Court Sources: Laver Cup

Federer-Mercedes-Laver Cup promo

Just about everything surrounding the Laver Cup was rife with sponsorship and promotion. Which perhaps is one reason why some fans had trouble taking it seriously as a competition. There's something to that, of course. Here's Federer doing a quick little video about "stealing the Laver Cup". When you look at the truck, though – it's the Mercedes "official trophy car". Beyond the promotional aspect, who knew Mercedes made a pickup truck?  Now, you do.