On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Maria Sharapova out of Miami

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Miami Open which, in light of recent developments, isn't a shock. Sharapova had just two practices at Indian Wells – one Monday night, then the following morning – after playing just one match since the Australian Open. She lost her first-round match in the desert to Naomi Osaka, and then announced the dismissal of coach Sven Groeneveld. The official reason is a left forearm injury. That's something she was grappling with even before her 15-month doping suspension. Sharapova's not entered in anything until Stuttgart, then Madrid.

2 On Court Sources: Twitter

Vickery feels Miami Open snub

American Sachia Vickery, who upset Garbiñe Muguruza at Indian Wells, is chapped the Miami Open didn't offer her a wild card. "I was born and raised in Miami and grew up playing at Crandon Park , I’ve also had decent results this year. Very disappointing," she added on Twitter. Vickery later (rightly) deleted a reply where she wrote she had never received a wild card.   She twice got passes into qualifying in Miami. Also: a main draw wild card at Indian Wells in 2015, and at the US Open in 2013 and 2015. Among others. She'll hit a career-high No. 89 Monday. 

3 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Daria Kasatkina’s Slam by proxy

At 20, Daria Kasatkina still has just one title. But as she prepares for her first Premier Mandatory-level semifinal Friday night against Venus Williams, the Russian has another impressive accomplishment on her resumé. In the last six months, the Russian has beaten all four reigning Grand Slam champions. It's almost like a Grand Slam by proxy, although nothing like the real thing. Kasatkina beat Australian Open champ Caroline Wozniacki and US Open champion Sloane Stephens at Indian Wells, Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza in Dubai and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko at the US Open last summer.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Pete Sampras in the house

Pete Sampras is one legendary champion who keeps an incredibly low profile.  You don't see him out much watching tennis, or even attending tennis tournaments. He never plays the legends invitationals at Grand Slams. And he's been mostly MIA in recent years on the Champions' circuit, called the Powershare Series. So it was s nice surprise to see him in BNP Paribas Open owner Larry Ellison's box (with son Ryan) for the Roger Federer - Hyeon Chung match Thursday night.  Another legend, Rod Laver, who lives not too far away in Carlsbad, also was on hand.

5 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life, YouTube

Marion Bartoli delays return

When the list of wild cards for the Miami Open was released Thursday, you couldn't help but notice the absence of one Marion Bartoli. The 32-year-old Frenchwoman, who retired at the Cincinnati tournament in Aug. 2013 shortly after her career-defining title at Wimbledon, announced before Christmas she planned to return, with Miami the targeted tournament. While fitter, the Tie Break Tens match against Serena Williams a few weeks ago was a clear indication Bartoli wasn't ready. And, she injured herself. So no Miami. She reportedly has a wild card into Monterrey in early April.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Ostapenko meets Iron Mike

Who knew Jelena Ostapenko was a boxing fan?  As Mike Tyson left the practice courts the other day, after his daughter Milan got to hit with Novak Djokovic, the Latvian and her team got pretty excited when they saw the former heavyweight champion walking through the player's field. They wasted no time going up to him to get a few selfies.   Ostapenko's Indian Wells wasn't one to remember, though. She defeated Belinda Bencic (who had won her previous match in a third-set tiebreak), but lost in straight sets to Petra Martic.

2 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Lacoste Djokovic line adds sunglasses

Since his new collaboration with Lacoste was announced just before last year's French Open, Novak Djokovic has been absent from the courts quite a bit because of an elbow injury,   But the iconic tennis brand has done a good job keeping him out there, with billboards everywhere you look. And as the one-year anniversary approaches, the Djokovic collection is expanding to include three models of sunglasses. They'll be available in April. The first pair – designed to be worn on court – came out last May  although Djokovic himself doesn't wear them during matches. 

3 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Federer heads to Chi-Town

The challenge for the Laver Cup exhibition event will be to match the success of the first edition in Prague last September.  It was great entertainment, despite the absence of many notable high-ranking players beyond Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The young substitutes on the "World Team", which included Thanasi Kokkinakis, Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe, created a young, fun dynamic that contrasted nicely with the more buttoned-down Team Europe. But Federer is doing his part. He's headed to Chicago (the host city) next week between Indian Wells and Miami, to drum up interest.

4 Off Court Sources: Volvo Car Open

Juniors watch free in Charleston

For the fourth straight year, the WTA Tour event in Charleston is offering juniors 16 years of age and under free admission into the tournament. It partners with SunTrust Bank, which has been a sponsor for 11 years, to do it. The tournament says it has given out 21,000 free tickets since the program began in 2015. Kids can grow up to be grown-up tennis fans – and paying customers – with the passing years. The timing is good, too. The Volvo Car Open, during the first week of April, takes place during the school spring break in Charleston. 

5 Off Court Sources: BNP Paribas Open

Haas makes retirement official

Tommy Haas, who turns 40 April 3, made his retirement official Thursday night in an on-court ceremony at the BNP Paribas Open, for which he serves as tournament director. Haas hasn't played since losing in the first round of the Hamburg tournament, nearly eight months ago. The man who may be remembered more for his inspiring injury comebacks than his 15 titles and career-high No. 2 ranking returned, one more time, after shoulder surgery to say goodbye on his own terms. Pal Roger Federer stuck around after his win over Hyeon Chung for the ceremony.