The Next-Gen pairing of Denis Shapovalov and Hyeon Chung had ambitiously signed on to team up for doubles for the entire American hard-court season.
But while Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami remain, the two will miss the opener at Delray Beach this week.
Perhaps Chung, who hasn’t played since the Australian Open because of that nasty blister, doesn’t quite trust it enough to double up just yet.
Shapovalov did his countryman Peter Polansky a solid, as the two will play together instead, on a wild card.
The Next-Gen still hung out, though – at the pinball arcade.
Roger Federer has gotten a few funky gifts in his lifetime.
We’ll all recall Juliette the cow. (Federer didn’t bring the cow home, but he did names its calf Edelweiss). He got her just for showing up in Gstaad. And when he returned years later, they gave him Desiree.
For getting back to No. 1 again, after taking the late wild card into Rotterdam, Federer received a custom-painted a pair of … clogs (Clogs in the Netherlands – obviously!) to mark the occasion.
They’ll make some neat paperweights in the Roger Federer trophy museum some day.
When Vasek Pospisil chose former top-10 player Rainer Schuettler, he didn’t just gain a new coach – he gained a family.
Schuettler and his own longtime coach Dirk Hordorff are a package.
Hordorff was in Australia, and Schuettler will be at Indian Wells.
And Janko Tipsarevic, whom Hordorff has coached for many years, is part of the family – hence the connection with Pospisil in the above pic.
The Canadian’s new trainer/physio, Milos Jelisavcic, also is based in Belgrade, hence the visit.
Jelisavcic used to work with both Viktor Troicki and Gilles Simon. Now it’s Troicki and Pospisil.
When Conchita Martinez was coaching Garbiñe Muguruza during Wimbledon in the absence of coach Sam Sumyk (whose wife was expecting their first child), the Spanish No. 1 won it all.
Martinez stepped aside after that, returning to the Davis Cup captaincy she was later stripped of.
But good news for Muguruza: Martinez is back and already with Muguruza in Doha, where she’ll return to action next week for the first time since losing in the second round of the Australian Open to Hsieh Su-Wei.
This time, though, Sumyk will also be on hand to double-team.
Hitting on the match court at the Fed Cup tie in Romania (she’s not playing), Simona Halep sported a new look.
Halep was wearing … Nike (down to the shoes). No official announcement yet.
The world No. 2 was dropped by adidas at the end of 2017, as first reported here at tennis.life.
Reports are of an announcement press conference Sunday in Romania.
Halep is scheduled to play Doha next week. But she was spotted visibly limping at the Fed Cup dinner and also resting, with her foot elevated. She hit with some Invictus Games kids Friday.
Dutch Fed Cup captain Paal Haarhuis called the court laid down for this weekend’s tie against the U.S. “one of the worst” he’s ever seen.
But by Friday, Haarhuis said organizers had “done a good job getting it fixed”.
According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, the temporary court was pulled up and some tape underneath was removed.
“Whenever you bring in a temporary court, it is not atypical to have some issues early in the week,” a USTA spokesman said.
Haarhuis is probably more annoyed at the new rule that turned this home tie into a road tie.
Belgium’s Jeroen Vanneste, 24, says he had to pay $20 just to support his roommate at a $15K in Egypt – in which Vanneste is a competitor.
Why? Well, Futures factories like Sharm El Sheikh hold events all year long, for the express purpose of filling their resort hotel rooms.
Vanneste (like many other players) opted for a cheaper room off-site. Since he wasn’t staying at their hotel, they apparently dinged him.
The same ticket for the ATP event in France this week is 5 Euros.
And there also was this.
Will the ITF’s planned “reforms” improve conditions?
Former boxer Mike Tyson has led a lot of parallel lives.
He’s dominated in the ring, struggled off it. He’s had his travails with the law and the bankruptcy courts and his own demons and everything in between.
But in his latest incarnation, the 51-year-old is a … tennis dad.
Tyson and wife Lakiha Spicer have a daughter, nine-year-old Milan, who is a budding tennis player. She trains at home in Las Vegas; Tyson and his wife ferry her around the area for tournaments.
Milan already has more than 20,000 Instagram followers.
Iron Mike plays a little bit, too.
After losing in the quarterfinals of the Taiwan Open, Genie Bouchard could jet to Minneapolis in time to make her Super Bowl date.
She made the Saturday night party, too. And she and John Goehrke, the Twitter follower she met after making good on a bet a year ago about the Patriots’ Super Bowl comeback, did a Twitter Q&A.
They also were interviewed by a Quebec French-language television network (in English, too).
The presence of the golden Twitter couple wasn’t enough for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to pull off another miracle comeback.
Gaël Monfils showed up in Quito, Ecuador with … a new look.
“I call my girlfriend and I call my agent and everybody said no. So I said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it,’ ” Monfils told the ATP Tour website. “So I stayed there for five hours to get that colour. … In the end, I like it, it’s fun.”
But wait … A Monfils Instagram story over the weekend with his friend Dorian Descloix (they will play dubs together) already had him back to a darker hue. Hmmm…
We’ll get the answer when the No. 3 seed plays later this week.