U.S. wins junior Fed Cup title


Given the American girls’ successes at the junior Slams this year – Whitney Osuigwe and Claire Liu in the French Open final, Liu and Ann Li in the Wimbledon final and Amanda Animisomova and Coco Gauff in the US Open final, it’s no surprise they ruled the junior Fed Cup in Budapest as well.

Anisimova (who didn’t play because of illness) Osuigwe and Caty McNally won the title, which is restricted to players 16 and under. Anisimova and McNally were finalists a year ago.

The Czech boys won the junior Davis Cup title.

Robson comeback nets doubles title


Like many others who have undergone wrist surgery, former top-30 player Laura Robson’s comeback has been slow and frustrating.

But she added a trophy to her case last weekend in Las Vegas, winning the doubles at the $60K ITF with An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium. She won a $60K singles title in Japan in May.

Robson has played 22 tournaments this year – only two, other than the Slams, at the WTA level. 

But while she’s raised her doubles ranking, her singles ranking has dropped nearly 30 spots after all that play. It sits at No. 247. 

One point short of a golden set


It doesn’t happen often – not even at the lowest-level Futures events where ability varies widely.

But France’s Daniel Ouvrard fell one point short of a golden match in the qualifying at a $25,000 tournament in France Saturday. 

Ouvrard, a 25-year-old ranked No. 1445, beat unranked Daniel Drake, 27, 6-0, 6-0.

Per Stefano Berlincioni, the only point Drake won came at 5-0, 40-0 for Ouvrard in the first set – on Ouvrard’s lone double-fault of the match.

The match took place in the city of Plaisir (which means “fun”, or “pleasure” in French). Not so much for Drake.

Conchita v RFET – who’s truthing?


When Conchita Martinez was fired from her job as Davis/ Fed Cup coach last week, some members of the Spanish federation referred to its players committee as having had big input into the decision.

But Martinez, who’s going down swinging, isn’t buying it.

She says she has talked to world No. 1 Garbiñe Muguruza (whom she coached to a Wimbledon title in July), Carla Suárez Navarro and Lara Arruabarrena, among others, and says the federation did not consider their opinions.

Someone’s not telling the truth. No doubt this story stays live for awhile.

Tipsarevic also calls it a season


It’s not news on the same level as countryman Novak Djokovic or Stan Wawrinka.

But veteran Serb Janko Tipsarevic also has pulled the plug on his 2017 season.

Tipsarevic, 33, reached a career-best No. 8 in 2012. But he has fought off serious injuries in recent years.

He missed more than a year after two foot surgeries in 2013. But he battled back – from no ranking in April, 2015 to the top 60 two years later – much of it on the Challenger circuit.

He says he’s been dealing with a right hamstring tendon injury for four months.

Olivo explains the underhand serve


Renzo Olivo made a cheeky move at 5-5 in the second set of his match against Taro Daniel in Poland this week.

An underhand serve – and it was an ace.

Olivo unfortunately felt the need to explain himself after social media types thought he was disrespecting his opponent, etc. 

The Argentine explained that the wind was making the ball toss really tricky. He also thought it was fun for the fans. But he didn’t do it to disrespect his opponent.

(It didn’t work; Daniel broke him, and served out the match).

Tough one for Kimiko Date in finale


It wasn’t the way Kimiko Date wanted to go out.

She made her last appearance in pro tennis Tuesday before a full house at the Tokyo International – and was double-bageled by Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia.

Krunic felt terribly about it

“I don’t like that I had to be the one,” said Krunic, who bowed after the win. “I want to apologize that this was not the result you guys were all hoping for. When I’ll go to the locker probably I will cry but so far, I’m trying to stay tough.”

Tiafoe shirt CAN be that good!


If you want a souvenir of the still-epic moment at the Sarasota Challenger this spring involving Frances Tiafoe and a canoodling couple, you can get his autographed shirt and help a worthy cause.

The cause is the Advantage Crisis Nursery, which offers emergency care to abused and neglected children. It appears that ITF Pro Circuit play-by-play man Mike Cation gathers items from the players, to be auctioned off.

There are some impressively smashed rackets up for bids – so at least something good will come out of them.

Kvitova donates tennis clubhouse


In the “giving back” department, Petra Kvitova has donated a new clubhouse to the tennis club in her hometown of Fulnek, Czech Republic.

Kvitova started playing tennis on those courts, and her father Jiří Kvita still plays there.

Kvitova’s older brother Libor is the head coach and manager of the club.

The Czech lefty, who lost to Venus Williams in a dazzling quarterfinal at the US Open, has pulled out of Tokyo next week. Next up is Wuhan, which she has won twice and where she is the defending champion.

Nadal gets home after US Open win


It’s always a big deal when Rafael Nadal goes home to Mallorca, even though he goes home all the time.

But this time, after his win at the US Open, it’s especially sweet even if it was brief. Nadalonly had two days’ break planned before another brief out-of-town trip.

From the looks of it, coach Carlos Moyá’s little girls are pretty enamored with Tio Rafa.