On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Hsieh – Peng doubles team reunited

When last we saw Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng together, they were studiously avoiding each other as they signed autographs during the first WTA Tour Finals held in Singapore in 2014. They'd split after the US Open that year after five years. But they still played the Tour Finals together – and made it to the finals. The pair won Wimbledon and the Tour Finals in 2013, along with Indian Wells and the French Open in 2014. Now, they have reunited. They're playing Sydney, and then the Australian Open. Hsieh turned 32 last Thursday; Peng did the same Monday.

2 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

A’s caps verboten on coaching consults

There are some rules for on-court coaching, the biggest of which is ensuring the microphone is switched on – under penalty of being kicked out. But that's not all. When Aussie wild card Ellen Perez's coach came on court in Sydney during her win over Kristina Mladenovic wearing an Oakland A's cap, reaction from the chair umpire was swift. Per the WTA rules, they "will be subject to the same requirements as players in regards to commercial identifications." That includes tennis academy logos. Apparently it also includes MLB logos. Also, no Bermuda shorts.

3 On Court Sources: Twitter

Tie Break Tens draw done

Stan Wawrinka says he'll decide after Wednesday night's Tie Break Tens event in Margaret Court Arena whether he'll give the Australian Open a go. And while there are no easy draws in the winner-take-all, knockout exhibition, he didn't get an easy one in Dominic Thiem in the first round. The first rounds are as follows: Novak Djokovic vs. Lleyton Hewitt. Rafael Nadal vs. Lucas Pouille, Tomas Berdych vs. Nick Kyrgios, and Wawrinka vs. Thiem. It's a 10-point match tiebreak format. So Wawrinka's stamina won't be tested. Three rounds, winner gets all of the $250,000 prize.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life, Twitter

More history for Nicolas Mahut

When you turn 36 in a few weeks, and you lose a marathon in the final round of qualifying to an 18-year-old on a day when the temperature hits a record 47.3 Celsius (117F), it's important to laugh. And Nicolas Mahut could laugh, after his loss in Sydney Sunday. "Lost yesterday, but at least with a record !! The problem is that generally when there's a record on my court, I lose the match." Mahut wrote on Twitter. Mahut famously was on the short end of the record match at Wimbledon in 2010, 70-68 in the fifth set against American John Isner.

5 On Court Sources: Tennis Australia, YouTube

Umpire’s chairs go high-tech at Oz Open

These days, chair umpires rarely have to hop up and down from their lofty perch except at clay-court events. So the Australian Open has gone high-tech on the three biggest show courts. On Rod Laver Arena, Hisense and Margaret Court, the chair umpires will be whizzed to the top on an automated chair. Tennis Australia COO Tom Larner thinks the fans will get a kick out of it. "I'm sure they’ll enjoy the anticipation as the official walks onto court, buckles up, and pushes the button to rise to the required height.” Until there's a power outage.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Federer, Sharapova at Oz Open draw

The Australian Open draw ceremony will be held Thursday night at 7 p.m. and will be televised locally on Channel 7 as well as streamed on the tournament's website. (A draw ceremony is kind of like watching grass grow. But fans seem to enjoy it). The guest stars are major for the event, as defending champion Roger Federer and former champion Maria Sharapova will be there. Two years after Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the same event, resulting in a 15-month suspension, it's full circle. No doubt she's forgiven Federer for not having her back.

2 Off Court Sources: 20Four, Tennis.Life

Sleeveless source of Kokkinakis woes

If you didn't think the male tennis players had a little vanity, here's a story. “The back end of 2015 I started lifting weights. I heard Nike were bringing out sleeveless tops. So I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to bulk up a little bit.’ Terrible idea. Never do bench press," Thanasi Kokkinakis told the 20FOUR website. “I remember I came back home ... and I went to hand my taxi driver a credit card and I couldn’t lift my arm above here. I had a couple of cortisones. I was like, ‘No, I’m screwed'." 

3 Off Court Sources: Herald Sun

Margaret Court will skip Oz Open this year

Aussie tennis legend Margaret Court hasn't been the most popular person in tennis, because of her regressive views on homosexuality. There were a few murmurs last year of players boycotting matches in the Australian Open arena named after her, but that never went too far. The Australian referendum in December supporting same-sex marriage only inflamed the situation. Reluctant to take a firm stand, the tournament invited her to the tournament this year, as it does all former champions. But she's taking a pass. “I decided not to come across this year and do more crabbing," she said.

4 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Hingis handling retirement just fine

Now that it's really over for 37-year-old Martina Hingis, who retired for good last October, she's doing just fine. Actually, Hingis is still No. 1 in the doubles rankings. And given the more than 3,000-point lead she and former partner Latisha Chan have over the rest, she's likely to still be No. 2 after the Australian Open. Chan has almost no points to defend from a year ago, and should jump ahead of her. But while the rest of the tennis world is passing out in the Australian heat, Hingis hit the slopes in Flumserberg with a very handsome fellow.

5 Off Court Sources: Tennis Australia, YouTube

Tennis Australia launches MND campaign

Known as "Motor Neurone Disease" Down Under, and "Lou Gehrig's Disease" in the U.S., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative, incurable scourge that has hit tennis hard in recent years. Particularly Australian tennis. They've lost former ATP Tour CEO Brad Drewett, former top pro Peter Doohan and another former player Angie Cunningham, over the last few years. Cunningham, a top junior, was the vice-president for player relations for the WTA. She had two young daughters. So Tennis Australia has launched an awareness campaign that will get profile throughout the Australian summer.