On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life, Twitter

Bajin leaves Team Kiki after 6 months

From the tone of her Tweet about the end of her association with coach Sascha Bajin, it wasn't Kristina Mladenovic's call. Bajin had already set the table for that, saying he didn't know if he'd be back in 2020. Fictional Tweets have been swirling about Bajin going to Team Clijsters, or Team Kerber. But Tennis.Life's sources say Bajin left Team Kiki with a bang, not a whimper. And may indeed already have a new gig lined up. But it's not either of those two veterans. It's a young up-and-comer, already in the top 25.  Stay tuned. 🤫

2 On Court Sources: Tennis Australia

Tomljanovic gets Fed Cup green light

After a five-year wait, Ajla Tomljanovic finally can truly represent Australia. Just in time: the Aussies will play the last "true" Fed Cup home final in November against France. The Croatian has lived in Boca Raton, Fla. for years. She got Aussie residency in 2014  and citizenship in 2018. She has flown the flag on the WTA Tour since 2014. The ITF decided in 2015 that players could only represent one nation, to eliminate some of the opportunistic jumping around. Tomljanovic's appeal was finally successful on the basis that she "applied for her Australian passport before that rule was introduced," per Tennis Australia.

3 On Court Sources: La Tercera

Chile back on the ATP Tour

From 1976-2014, Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile alternated as hosts of an ATP Tour tournament. But after sponsorship struggles, the event relocated to Quito, Ecuador in 2015 – only to be moved to Cordóba, Argentina after four years. But in 2020, the ATP reportedly will return, as the Fillol family again runs the event on an agreement with the tournament owner, the Octagon agency. It won't be the original; the tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which had been struggling, will be relocated to Santiago. The ATP hasn't confirmed this as yet; Sao Paulo remains listed on the tour's 2020 schedule.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Canadian Tabilo rises in Chile

As Team Canada hits Madrid next month, another Canadian also will be taking part in the Davis Cup finals. Alejandro Tabilo, 22, was born and raised in Toronto and played junior Davis Cup for Canada. After a top-30 junior career, the lefty switched nationalities to play for Chile, the country his parents hail from. It has paid off. Tabilo used the ITF system earlier this year to great advantage, gaining entry to Challengers and making them count.  He's now No. 3 in Chile behind Garin and Jarry, closing in on the top 200.  Madrid will be his second Davis Cup nomination.

5 On Court Sources: YouTube

Murray-Wawrinka a feel-good in Antwerp

Either way, the final between two former Grand Slam champions at a 250-level tournament in Antwerp was going to have a happy ending. Would Stan Wawrinka, 34, who hadn't won a tournament for nearly 2 1/2 years and was working his way back from two knee surgeries, take the title? Or would Andy Murray, who was all but making his retirement official at the start of the season, complete his crazy comeback from hip resurfacing surgery? In the end, Murray prevailed. And Wawrinka spoke for most when he said he couldn't be happier for him.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Last “Big 3” bachelor ties the knot

Rafael Nadal was the last matrimonial holdout among the big three (four, if you want to add Andy Murray to that mix). No more holdouts. Nadal tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello last weekend in Mallorca. And they both looked splendid. It's an interesting dynamic with these top players. Through basically their entire careers, they all were one-women men. Federer and Mirka Vavrinec, Djokovic and Jelena Ristic, Murray and Kim Sears and Nadal and Xisca went steady throughout. And all four couples ended up getting married. Is that the magic formula? Scientifically unprovable.

2 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Sloane Stephens gives back in Toronto

There will be no trip to the WTA Tour Finals this year for Sloane Stephens, who's spending time in Toronto with soccer-playing fiancé Jozy Altidore. While there, she appeared as a fundraiser for Rogers Cup tournament director Karl Hale's Helping Hands Jamaica foundation last Friday along with Altidore (wearing ... quite the jacket!) The 14th annual gala was called "JamRock". Hale, a native Jamaican, raises funds to build schools in his homeland. He has had, among others, Serena Williams down there to help build. The fundraiser generated enough, per Hale, that the foundation can build its 22nd school.

3 Off Court Sources: Wimbledon

Last day for the Wimbledon ballot

If you want to hit Wimbledon next year, today is the last day to register for the public ballot. For the first time, you can do it online instead of via snail mail. First step is to set up an account. Then, you have to register for the ballot. Only one application, two tickets, per household. If you try to enter more than once, Wimbledon will be very stern and remove all of them. In November, you apply for the actual ballot. In January, they start handing them out, randomly, to Centre Court, No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3.

4 Off Court Sources: Nikkan Sports

Kei Nishikori Olympic ineligible

Kei Nishikori won't represent Japan at next month's Davis Cup finals. That means the Japanese star won't be eligible to play the Olympics in his own country next year. On so many levels (including sponsors), this would be a huge deal. Nikkan Sports reports the Japanese tennis federation and IMG will apply to the ITF for an exception. Injury issues (although that's a tough argument given he didn't play in 2017 or 2018), the fact that he's a rock star in Japan – and a bronze medallist in Rio in 2016 – help his case. You would think that's a slam dunk. 

5 Off Court Sources: YouTube

Kerber Head & Shoulders above rest

Not that Angelique Kerber has dandruff. But thanks to a new endorsement from Head & Shoulders, she never will. The German unveiled a new commercial that has an airbrushed version of the 31-year-old star playing tennis – wearing headphones – speaking at a conference, chatting with girlfriends and holding up a trophy. And, of course, showering in the nude. Just a typical, average day for the three-time Grand Slam champion. The tag line goes something like, "Don't let judgments hold you back". You'd think, as often as they wash their hair, more players would have shampoo sponsors.