On Court
1 On Court Sources: adidas, Twitter

Pharrell and Muguruza’s USO dress

Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza gave singer Pharrell a shoutout as she unveiled her adidas US Open dress Monday. And it is dynamite – a big step up from most of her outfits this year, which have been rather unremarkable and not especially flattering. It's been underreported on the tennis side, but Pharrell has been designing for adidas originals. And this collection rocks.  The visor and wristbands, in particular, are two steps up.

2 On Court Sources: USTA

Non-junior Kratzer wins US girls’ title

Wimbledon junior champ Claire Liu and French Open champ Whitney Osuigwe are No. 1 and No. 2 in the world. But in the world of USTA seeding, Liu was No. 2 and Osuigwe No. 8 at the US junior nationals last week. They met in the quarterfinals. Osuigwe won a marathon, 7-5, 6-7(8), 6-4. She had little left for Ashley Kratzer, who won the title AND a wild card into the US Open. Kratzer, 18, has never had a junior ITF ranking. But she's No. 341 on the WTA Tour. She beat Kelly Chen (No. 861) in the final.

3 On Court Sources: WTA Tour

August WTA awards – in July

Madison Keys won the WTA July player of the month with her title at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. As well, Petra Kvitova won the "Shot of the Month" award in Stanford. Bianca Andreescu, 17, in her first WTA Tour main draw, reached the quarterfinals in D.C. and won the Breakthrough award. She's the first player born in the 21st century to defeat a top-20 player. Small detail. Technically, Andreescu did win her first-round match on July 31. But everything else awarded in July took place in ... August.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Nicolas Almagro hits the Dominican

A former top-10 player with 13 career titles, Nicolas Almagro's ranking is down to No. 91 because of a series of injuries. Rather than play the qualifying in Cincinnati, the Spaniard (who turns 32 next week) chose a Challenger – on clay, no less – in the Dominican Republic. It's his first tournament since injuring his knee at the French Open and subsequent surgery. The No. 2 seed's first opponent is a 26-year-old ranked No. 751. And his doubles partner is a 22-year-old Brazilian ranked No. 413. In tennis, you can't be proud. You just go and play.

5 On Court Sources: ATP Tour, TennisTV

One miss out of 49, and no Zverev

Alexander Zverev won his second Masters 1000 title of the year Sunday in Montreal. But had he not saved match points against Richard Gasquet in his first match of the week, he wouldn't have been holding up the trophy. "If I would have missed one of those 49 shots, I would have lost. and I would have not won the tournament here. And now I'm here as the champion," Zverev said.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis Magazine

French tennis magazine gets racy

It's one way to get the consumer's attention on the magazine rack. But it's caused quite a stir. France's Tennis Magazine put a woman showing a little cheek on the cover of its latest issue. And of course the Internet wasted no time expressing its outrage. Most of the contents are on that same ... theme.  The irony is that the many talented French female tennis players have trouble getting a magazine cover – or much attention at all. And this lady's no tennis player – no self-respecting woman player would wear those socks.

2 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Idol helps out Russian Vikhlyantseva

Russia's Natalia Vikhlyantseva didn't think she'd get into the Cincinnati main draw after losing in the final round of qualifying to Canadian Françoise Abanda. But her idol, Maria Sharapova, helped a sister out. The tall, 20-year-old Russian was thrilled to meet and get a photo with her countrywoman in Madrid this spring. Sharapova's withdrawal from Cincinnati opened up a spot for a lucky loser – and Vikhlyantseva got lucky.  She plays qualifier Donna Vekic in the first round.

3 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life, TennisTV

Don’t forget the watch, fellas!

One of the rituals after a match – and especially before a trophy ceremony – is the donning of the watch. These are premium sponsorships. And from the looks of things before the ceremony Sunday at the Rogers Cup, 20-year-old Alexander Zverev already has it down pat. He wasted no time fishing his Richard Mille out of his bag. (Rafael Nadal also endorses Richard Mille) The veteran Roger Federer, long an endorser of Rolex, does this in his sleep by now.

4 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Record attendance in Montreal

The Rogers Cup broke its own one-week (non-joint event) attendance record last week in Montreal.. The weather was great. The breakout run of Canadian Denis Shapovalov created major buzz. The return of Roger Federer for the first time since 2011 also was a big factor. The Swiss's matches all took place during the day, when more tickets are available.  The new record is 216,097 fans, breaking the old record of 213,760 set in ... 2011. There was no rain at all that year, and the top eight in the world all made the quarter-finals (a rare occurrence).

5 Off Court Sources: Sportsnet

Shapovalov apologizes to Van fans

Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov wasn't expecting his breakthrough run in Montreal last week. So, despite a firm commitment to the $100,000 Challenger across the country in Vancouver this week, the 18-year-old regretfully had to bow out to process and regroup, both physically and mentally. The official reason for the withdrawal is "fatigue." During an interview, he asked host broadcaster Sportsnet for a moment to apologize to the fans there.