On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Jack Sock finally back to business

American Jack Sock, who was No. 15 in the world in singles  a year ago, finally returns his week in Atlanta. The wild card will meet Miomir Kecmanovic. He's also in the doubles draw with pal Jackson Withrow. Sock's doubles ranking still stands at No. 16. His singles ranking, though, has plummeted to No. 180. The American has played just one match this year. He's been out since losing in the first round in Melbourne with a hand ligament injury, about which not much is known. He originally was due to return at two U.S. Challengers last month. 

2 On Court Sources: Instagram, Tennis.Life

College vets Vliegen and Gille win 1st title

Kevin Anderson and John Isner are the more well-known products of the U.S. college tennis system. But in the doubles ranks, players from all over the world who played college tennis in the U.S. are a legion. The most recent success story is that of two Belgians, Sander Gille, 28 and Joran Vliegen, 26. Gille graduated from East Tennessee State in 2012. Vliegen earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from East Carolina University. They first teamed up six years ago at the Futures level in Belgium. They won their first ATP Tour title last week in Bastad. 

3 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Arconada, Korda lead WC challenge

After the first two weeks of the US Open wild card challenge, Usue Arconada still leads, with 88 points. Nicole Gibbs remains second with 48 points. Caroline Dolehide is third. Jamie Loeb and Berkeley semifinalist Sachia Vickery are tied for fourth with 29 points. This week, the women's race moves to (take a breath)... the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women's Tennis Classic Presented by Bon Secour Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky.  On the men's side, Sebastian Korda leaped into the lead with a final at the Challenger in Nor-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The big-point WTA and ATP events kick in next week.

4 On Court Sources: Facebook, Tennis.Life, USTA

Jagger Leach, Nicolas Godsick chips off the block

When Lindsay Davenport returned after having her son Jagger, you'll remember the pics of her, the baby, and the trophy. Jagger, now 12, was ranked No. 7 nationally in the boys' 12s when he went to Orlando last week to play the national clay courts. He reached the "gold draw".  Here's a funny story from 2017 where Jagger "decided" to stay home from Wimbledon and play a tournament because his "buddies were telling him how much fun it is." Nicolas Godsick, son of Mary Joe Fernandez and agent Tony Godsick, finished third in the 14s boys singles and won the doubles.

5 On Court Sources: La Liga, YouTube

Badosa overcomes anxiety, depression

When a young player wins a junior Grand Slam – as Paula Badosa did at the 2015 French Open – it starts. You could see the forces already at work to sell the tall, attractive teenager. And the Spaniard, now 21, struggled to handle the pressure. She would start matches well, then something would happen – a block, a "shock".  She suffered from anxiety and depression. But with new coach Xavier Budó at her side, a man who seems to understand the balance between the mental and the physical, Badosa is at a career high No. 116. If your Spanish is up to it, they talk about it in this video.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Instagram, Outlook India, Tennis.Life

Post-Wimby weddings star Riske, Sharan

The post-Wimbledon period is a popular one for tennis weddings. And last weekend, American Alison Riske – fresh off a Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance, too – looked glorious as she married Stephen Amritraj in her hometown of Pittsburgh. She even Bollywooded a little, to Baar Baar Dekho, as a tribute to joining the Amritraj clan (looks like they practiced a bit!). Riske is 29; Amritraj is 35. Also trying the knot was Indian doubles player Divij Sharan. Sharan, 33, married British player Samantha Murray, 31. A headline from "Outlook India" magazine blares out: "Indian Tennis Players Wed Foreigners". Sigh. 

2 Off Court Sources: Instagram

Final stretch for mom-to-be Hlavackova

At 38 weeks, Andrea Sestini Hlavackova is in the home stretch of her pregnancy (P.S., how great does she look?) Her girls gave her a surprise baby shower on the weekend. Among guests was another mom-to-be, Lucie Safarova. Safarova is expecting her first child with hockey player Tomas Plekanec. We spot recent Wimbledon singles semifinalist and doubles champion Barbora Strycova, too. Hlackova actually commentated Strycova's semifinal. She worked Wimbledon with another standout Czech player, Petra Cetkovska. Cetkovska's last match came this week in 2016, in Prague. She and Hlavackova won their first WTA doubles title there – all the way back in 2007.

3 Off Court Sources: Google Maps, Instagram

Nadal’s post-Wimby vacation twist: Sardinia

Many years, after Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal can be found sailing his boat, Beethoven, off the coast of Ibiza. Sometimes women are allowed; most often it's boys only. But Nadal, a creature of habit, has put a twist on that this year. He's been spotted at Phi Beach on the island of Sardinia with his pals. It's on the north shore, next to Corsica. But it's not that far from home - only 350 miles, as the crow flies. One reason may be that Beethoven is on the market, as Nadal plans to upgrade. He did sail after the French Open.

4 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Mid-season WTA coaching blues

Halftime is nearly over. It's not the best time to look for a new coach – presumably, the better ones are currently employed. But that's the reality for former Wimbledon champions Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza. 2018 champion Kerber announced Friday that after eight months, she and Rainer Schuettler had parted ways after Kerbe's second-round loss to lucky loser Lauren Davis. Muguruza and Sumyk split after the 2017 champion's first-round loss to qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia. Muguruza has entered San Jose. Kerber's next tournament will be Toronto. It'll be interesting to see who – if anyone – comes with them.

5 Off Court Sources: YouTube

Venus talks about tough Wimbledon loss

Venus Williams now has a YouTube Channel, where she provides links (get her white bustier-inspired snappy dress!) to her EleVen clothing line. But in the second episode, she gers personal, talking about the tough loss to Coco Gauff at Wimbledon this year. Williams draws parallels to her first appearance at Wimbledon in 1997, when was ranked No. 59 and she also lost in the first round (to Magdalena Grzybowska of Poland). "My destiny was not to choke and fall down. My destiny was to rise," Williams said of that defeat.  Three years later, she won it.