On Court
1 On Court Sources: RTS Sport

Fed’s head “already a little bit in New York”

After Roger Federer got through his first match since Wimbledon, a 6-4, 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk in Cincinnati, he told French Swiss television that his mentality was "already a little bit in New York." "I don't like to say it, for me it's really important that I'm 100 per cent in good health in New York, because it's been 10 years since I've won there," Federer told RTS Sport. "The last two (US Open) editions, one I couldn't play, the last year I wasn't at 100 per cent.  So this year I really want to be well."

2 On Court Sources: Twitter

Benneteau’s final road trip ends in NY

Frenchman Julien Benneteau's career will end at this year's US Open. Still ranked No. 58 at nearly 37, he already has a post-career gig as France's new Fed Cup captain. Benneteau reached No. 25 in singles and No. 5 in doubles, including a bucket-list title at Roland Garros in 2014. He hit the road for his final  two events Wednesday: Winston-Salem (four stopovers), then New York A 2011 finalist, it will be his last shot to get off the finals schneid (barring a French miracle at Flushing). Benneteau has reached 10 singles finals in his career. He's still searching for his first title.

3 On Court Sources: Twitter

An idea: rule change for lucky losers

Over the last few weeks, seeded players with byes have withdrawn late, allowing qualifying losers to leap into the second round. In San Jose, Anna Blinkova replaced top seed Garbiñe Muguruza. Magdalena Frech subbed for No. 2 Madison Keys. In Cincinnati this week, Malek Jaziri jumped in for Rafael Nadal, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for Dominic Thiem. Pam Shriver of ESPN put an idea out there: in that case, let a first-round main draw loser get a second chance.  Of course, in San Jose, that would have been Serena. In Cincy, John Isner. So it's a little self-(U)Serving.

4 On Court Sources: Wuhan Open

FoxTenn replay to be used in Wuhan

The WTA approved the use of FoxTenn, Hawkeye's rival line-calling system, at the beginning of 2018 – a year after the ATP and ITF did. Finally, the Tour will put it into action. The Wuhan Open, a Premier 5-level tournament in China, will debut the technology next month. Despite all the approvals, the system has been extremely slow to usurp Hawkeye, which has been in use since 2005 and is moe expensive. So far, ATP 250 events in Metz and Antwerp have adopted it, along with the 500-level event in Barcelona, which is where the company is headquartered.

5 On Court Sources: TennisTV, YouTube

Ready, play – where are my *$%& shoes?

Classic moment in Cincinnati Tuesday when Nick Kyrgios, who wears his basketball high tops constantly – realized his big tennis bag was missing something major. His tennis shoes. Kyrgios wandered around in his socks until a team member went back to the locker room to fetch them.  Everyone had a good laugh. Kyrgios, whose knee was extra-taped, saved a match point before defeating Denis Kudla 11-9 in the third-set tiebreak to advance to the second round. He dropped 39 aces on Kudla, who had 20 of his own as three extended sets were completed in under two hours.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Sport360

Svitolina addresses major weight loss

Elina Svitolina responded to questions in Cincinnati last weekend about the significant  – and rapid – weight loss that has more than a few people concerned. It seems her team is experimenting. “I know there has been a huge difference between the beginning of the year and now. We try to learn from each step we do and I think it’s up to me and my team to see and decide what’s next," she told the media, via Sport360. "Some people think it’s better to have maybe more muscle ... We’re trying and learning.”

2 Off Court Sources: SegundoSaqueTV, Tennis.Life

Coria back on court after suspension

It seems just a moment ago that Federico Coria, brother of former world No. 3 Guillermo Coria, was suspended by the Tennis Integrity Unit. The sentence was eight months, for not reporting match-fixing approaches. He didn't accept; his brother said at the time that Coria didn't report it because he felt threatened. Six of those eight months were suspended. So as soon as he was eligible, Coria returned. He's the No. 2 seed at a $25K Futures event in Romania this week, and No. 2 seed in doubles with Cristian Rodriguez of Colombia. He won both his first-round matches.

3 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Roger-Vasselin a daddy for 2nd time

Doubles specialist Edouard Roger-Vasselin (whose regular partner, Rohan Bopanna, is injured) reached the Citi Open final with Mike Bryan. He then flew to Toronto for the Rogers Cup. But after losing in the first round there with Fernando Verdasco, the 34-year-old Frenchman had to make a lightning trip home. For a the best reason. Wife Marine gave birth to daughter Lou on Monday (She probably appreciated this selfie very, very much – although she looks great). Lou joins son Mateo, who turns four in October. Roger-Vasselin is scheduled to play doubles first up in Cincinnati on Thursday.

4 Off Court Sources: ITF Tennis, Tennis.Life

ITF launches gender equality campaign

There's a certain irony to the fact that the ITF, at its AGM this week in Orlando, Fla., announced a new campaign to promote gender equality to "ensure tennis is a leading light for sport both on and off the field." The organization's entire focus the last months has been the men – its big-bucks reform of Davis Cup, which comes to a vote Thursday. Wasn't it just a year ago that the ITF proudly announced Geneva as host a combined Fed Cup and Davis Cup finals event from 2018-2020? Yes, it was. Have they let Geneva know?

5 Off Court Sources: Ottawa Citizen

“Gabriela Dabrowski Courts” named

As little recognition as Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski has received for being a two-time Grand Slam champion, the Australian and French Open mixed-doubles winner is appreciated at home. The courts at Russell Boyd Park in the Blossom Park section of Ottawa, Ontario were renamed the "Gabriela Dabrowski Tennis Courts" (Terrains de Tennis Gabriela-Dabrowski – with the extra hyphen – in French). Dabrowski grew up on those courts and even practiced on then a couple of days before the ceremony, before heading to Vancouver for the big men's and women's Challenger. She's currently ranked No. 9 in women's doubles.