Another (big) surgery for Tipsarevic


As if Janko Tipsarevic hadn’t had enough time on the operating table, he found himself there once again at the Turku University hospital in Finland Thursday.

The 33-year-old Serb, whose career-high singles ranking of No. 8 came in 2012, had surgery on both hamstring tendons. Clearly he was awake for it, too.

He wrote that he expects to be back in the first quarter of 2018, and that this “would be his last major surgery as a professional tennis player.” 

No kidding. Tipsarevic had two surgeries on his left foot in 2014, and missed nearly a year and half. 

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.

Heartthrob Fernando Verdasco engaged


Spanish heartthrob Fernando Verdasco posted a photo of himself and girlfriend Ana Boyer with the caption, “Towards a new path together.”

The 33-year-old Spaniard reportedly proposed on the beach.

Verdasco and Boyer, 28, have been together four years. Boyer is the daughter of Isabelle Preysler, whose first husband was Julio Iglesias. So that makes Verdasco the future half-brother-in-law of Enrique Iglesias – and Anna Kournikova.

That’s quite the extended family he’s marrying into.

Among Verdasco’s exes are the tennis players Ana Ivanovic and Gisela Dulko.

It’s a girl for Maria Kirilenko


Early September was a fruitful and productive time for tennis procreation.

Serena Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian had Alexis Olympia Sept. 1Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena had Tara the next day. And on Sept. 8, retired Russian Maria Kirilenko and husband Alexei Stepanov had their second child.

You guessed it: another girl.

The baby joins son Mikhail, born in Sept. 2015. Kirilenko married Stepanov in Jan. 2015 after breaking off an engagement with hockey superstar Alexei Ovechkin six months before. 

Kirilenko  played her last match almost exactly three years ago in Beijing. But … she’s only 30.

Unsportsmanlike fine for Clezar


The Davis Cup website described the unsportsmanlike conduct that earned Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar a $1,500 fine Friday in Osaka, Japan as a “gesture” that was reported after the match.

Yes, he went there.

Clezar stretched out his eyes after a Japanese linesperson made an incorrect call against him, later overturned by Hawkeye.  

The Brazilian Tennis Federation posted on Facebook that Clezar “had no intention of being aggressive or prejudiced. Even so, the athlete apologizes to everyone who so understood.” Clezar apologized on Instagram.

No one’s buying that one, bud.

Konjuh has season-ending surgery


Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 20 just over a month ago, is out for the season after having surgery Thursday.

The 19-year-old had surgery on her right elbow early in the 2014 season, when she was just 16.

She missed four months. Now, she’s going through it again.

Konjuh was a phenom. She had just turned 15 when she became the No. 1 junior in the world after winning the 2013 Australian Open junior girls’ singles and doubles. Later that year, she won the US Open juniors too).  

Kenin turns pro with big US Open check


Sofia Kenin, an 18-year-old American who won the USTA’s wild card challenge and made it all the way to the third round of the US Open, announced on Instagram Sunday that she was turning pro.

Ranked No. 139 coming in, Kenin was keeping her college options open. She had earned just over $56,000 in 2017 but couldn’t take it, other than allowable expenses.

But a third-round check from the US Open is $140,000 US. That’s far too much money to walk away from.

Kenin will be about No. 110 in the new rankings.

Khachanov rubbing the lucky (doubles) lamp


Rising Russian Karen Khachanov, the No. 25 seed, was shocked in the first round of singles at the US Open by Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei.

But as he remained alive in doubles with friend and training partner Andrey Rublev (they’re into the third round), he’s finding things to fill up with the additional free time.

Too bad he didn’t find Aladdin’s Lamp before the singles. But maybe it’ll make the difference for his match with Rublev against French veterans Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau Monday.

Rublev first plays David Goffin in singles.

Coaching rules mean many voices


The pros didn’t go crazy in their use of the new coaching rules tested out during the US Open qualifying.

Although there were some coaches yelling from the stands.

But when American Sam Riffice played his first-round junior match Sunday, he had not one, not two, but three people in his ear.

Zoo Tennis’ Colette Lewis reports Riffice (he’s a month older than Denis Shapovalov – process that!) had USTA coaches Sylvain Guichard and Dean Goldfine AND mother Lori offering advice during his match.

Seems like overload.

Hewitt opens Bahamas academy


Aussie Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has opened a tennis academy in Nassau, Bahamas.

It’s called “Albany Tennis Academy Bahamas, Powered by Former World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt” and is located at an exclusive school called Windsor High School at Albany.

Tuition there for a boarding student runs more than $50,000 a year. The school also has a golf academy.

Hewitt isn’t there now, though; he’s in New York and was intently watching Nick Kyrgios practice Monday.