On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Quick turnarounds for Ito, Polansky

Japanese veteran Tatsuma Ito was in Busan, Korea Friday, losing in the quarter-finals of a Challenger. Monday he was playing qualifying at Roland Garros. Completely different weather conditions and a completely different surface, after a flight halfway around the world. After winning the first set, Ito (understandably) ran out of gas and lost 6-7 (0), 6-2, 6-2. Similar situation for Canadian Peter Polansky – although it was 300 miles, not 5,800. He lost in the final round of the Lyon qualifying Sunday and was on court in Paris late Monday afternoon. He defeated Yuki Bhambri 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

2 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Next-Gen fills void left by New Gen

The scarcity of big titles won by anyone outside the ATP Tour's "Big Four" has been well-documented. But never has the Tour's seemingly unstoppable path right past the current generation and onto the "Next-Gen" been so in evidence. When 20-year-old Alexander Zverev defeated Novak Djokovic Sunday in the Rome final, he became the youngest since Djokovic in 2007 to win a Masters 1000 event. Zverev was born in 1997. He is the first player born after ... 1988 to win any Masters 1000 or a Grand Slam title. The next youngest is Marin Cilic, who turns 29 in September.    

3 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Agassi already in the RG house

Breaking news! Andre Agassi already is at Roland Garros. Well, not actually. The American's smiling face adorns the serving cage just outside Court No. 1 at the French Open, which is sponsored by Longines. Longines has both Agassi and wife Steffi Graf in its stable. No doubt Agassi will multitask for however long he's in Paris getting personally acquainted with Djokovic. The two spoke on the phone before Djokovic's matches the last few weeks. "I already feel like we are very kind of close to each other and creating this nice vibe," Djokovic said.

4 On Court Sources: ITF

Grand Slam fund helps transition

The Grand Slam Development Fund has helped juniors from under-served tennis countries for many years.  But for the first time this year, it will earmark $650,000 to help talented prospects transition to the pro tour.  The 14 recipients ($50,000 each) come from Belarus and Uzbekistan, Korea, South Africa and others Elias Ymer of Swede was one of them. Here he is during his 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Andrej Martin in the first round of French Open qualifying Monday.

5 Off Court Sources: WTA Tour

Svitolina – your Singapore leader

Of all the players you thought might be leading the WTA Tour's race to its year-end final in Singapore as we head into June, Elina Svitolina was probably ... not one of them. And yet, after the Italian Open finals win over Simona Halep gave the 22-year-old from Ukraine four tour titles in 2017 (Istanbul, Taipei and Dubai are the others), she's No. 1. "The year is still young, I still need to play lots of matches and lots of tournaments. Hopefully I can stay the same or maybe go ever higher," Svitolina said.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Bryan absconds with Rome hardware

The best flight option to Paris for those who went deep in the Italian Open draws appeared to be Vueling, one of those no-frills airlines that leave everything to be desired. On the plus side, women's singles champion Elina Svitolina and men's doubles semi-finalists Bob and Mike Bryan formed a murderer's (exit) row on the flight. The Bryans may not have a singles trophy from such a big event. But they've got 100+ others. That didn't stop a trophy kidnapping and taste-testing from happening. But ... who got Svitolina for French Open mixed?

2 Off Court Sources: Mallorca Open

New gig for Uncle Toni in Mallorca

There must be life after Rafa, as uncle and longtime coach Toni Nadal will reportedly step away after the 2017 season. Uncle Toni's first order of business is as the new tournament director of the Mallorca Open, a second-year Wimbledon grass-court tuneup event on the Nadals' home island. He was a tournament ambassador last year. The event will be held the week of June 17-25.  Hopefully Nadal succeeds where other high-profile figures have failed in Spain with WTA-only events. Those include Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (Barcelona) and Conchita Martinez (Marbella)

3 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

No stopping progress in Paris

A year ago upon arrival at Roland Garros there was a gaping hole, a big construction zone where Court 7 and two other popular courts used to be. Court 7 was the biggest of the field courts, and most often featured French players. So there was always plenty of atmosphere. Courts 9 and 11 were great because not only could you sit down and watch both at once, you also could just pop in and out without waiting for the ever-slow court changeover traffic to move. In their place now stands a brand-new building. Progress. 

4 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Del Potro stays on with Federer firm

Team 8 Global, the management firm owned by longtime Federer agent Tony Godsick, announced Monday that Juan Martin del Potro has extended his association with them.  It's sort of an out-of-the-blue announcement. Word was del Potro's father Daniel, a veterinarian, was heavily involved in his management. Team 8 reports Chris Jackman will "handle his day-to-day management and seek out global business opportunities". Team 8 has a small roster including Federer, del Potro and Grigor Dimitrov. 

5 Off Court Sources: YouTube

Djokovic, “le nouveau crocodile”

A big day for Novak Djokovic on Monday, as his new partnership with iconic tennis name Lacoste was officially formalized. Djokovic puts forth a credible effort with French. He already speaks a few languages, and living in Monte Carlo has made that easier.  But speaking it and going on camera all serious and solemn and delivering the lines in la langue de Molière proved to be a pretty amusing exercise. Lacoste posted up this series of outtakes from their new commercial.