On Court
1 On Court Sources: Reuters

Federer will go for gold in Tokyo

Nothing in Roger Federer's world is left to happenstance. Federer was in Tokyo Monday to play an exhibition. He chose this day to confirm officially that he will continue on and play the 2020 Summer Olympics in ... Tokyo. Federer said he and his team had been debating for months; he'll turn 39 during the event. “At the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again,” Federer told the media in Tokyo. The UNIQLO exho was to have co-starred stablemate Kei Nishikori. John Isner of FILA is the injury replacement.

2 On Court Sources: L'Équipe

Golovin return a learning experience

For about 40 minutes, 31-year-old Tatiana Golovin held her own with an 18-year-old from Slovenia ranked No. 131 in the world. But after that, it was a struggle as Kaja Juvan beat Golovin 6-3, 6-1 in Luxembourg qualifying, in her return to action after an 11 1/2 year retirement. Just 20 when she had to quit, Golovin had played just a few practice sets before deciding to test herself. "I was able to find the will, the aggressiveness, the energy. Not for long enough, but I felt it in a few games," she told L'Équipe. "It's already a good first step. I'm motivated to continue." 

3 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Exho means Nadal gets No. 1

The Oct. 24 charity exhibition between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in Kazakhstan, it turns out, will affect the ATP's No. 1 ranking. Who could have anticipated? As Djokovic cannot play Basel or Vienna, Nadal will return to the top spot after the Paris Masters Nov. 4. At least briefly. The exhibition was due to take place in 2017, cancelled because of Djokovic's elbow injury. The name of the host city has since officially been changed from Astana to Nur-Sultan. Tickets are as low as (the equivalent in Kazakhstani tenge) $8, up to about $260. The Bary Arena, built in 2015, can hold just under 12,000.

4 On Court Sources: Twitter

A home finale for Estrella Burgos

Victor Estrella Burgos was never a big star. But the 5-foot-7 man from the Dominican Republic became a legend in his land when he went from scrapping at cash tournaments ... to the top 50. Estrella Burgos won the ATP event in Quito, Ecuador three straight years between 2015-17. He broke into the top 200 at 33 – more than a decade after turning pro. Top 100 came a year later and his career high No. 43 shortly before he turned 35. He repped his country for 20 years in Davis Cup and the Pan-Am Games. Estrella Burgos retired this week at the Challenger in Santo Domingo, at 39. 

5 On Court Sources: YouTube

Medvedev is the hottest player in tennis

When Daniil Medvedev made the Citi Open and the Rogers Cup finals, people thought he'd be out of gas for Cincinnati And then, he won Cincinnati. Surely he'd have nothing left for the US Open. And then he took Rafael Nadal the distance in the final. This fall, the 23-year-old picked right up where he left off.  He won St. Petersburg. In Shanghai, he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semis and Alexander Zverev to win it. True, he didn't have to beat any big-three players to win it. But the man is 59-17 on the season, with four titles. 

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

US Open tuneup planned for … Albany

The week before the US Open remains a work in progress for the WTA. The Bronx Open took place in 2019. But its future seems unclear. There's been no sign of an official 2020 schedule yet (news of big WTA changes during the grass-court season were announced by ... the ATP and the AELTC). But Tennis.Life has learned the most recent draft includes an International-level event in ... Albany, NY. A second planned tournament remains TBD. No word on location. The Aurora Games, which had a one-night tennis event, were held in Albany at an indoor arena that very week this year.

2 Off Court Sources: Instagram, Times of London, Twitter

ATP babies … everywhere!

It's been quite a week for ATP baby announcements. First up is Kevin Anderson, who announced wife Kelsey had given birth to Keira O'Neal Anderson on Sept. 27. Across the pond, Andy Murray and wife Kim are expecting their third child, IMMINENTLY. Murray  meets Kimmer Coppejans in the first round in Antwerp. But he told the Times he's on standby if the baby arrives early. He doesn't expect to return to court until the Davis Cup final. Meanwhile, Marin Cilic, 31, joked about his "new ride" as he announced he and wife Kristina Milkovic are expecting an addition in 2020.

3 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Andreescu joins Rolex family

Bianca Andreescu had a few smaller endorsements in Canada – BMW, Copper Branch. But her win at the US Open should vault her into the "premium sponsor' category. And the most premium of the premium is the Rolex watch sponsorship. Handled. It pays a lot less than you think. But you do get a watch. And it's the prestige brand. We hear Gatorade – the premium sports drink sponsorship – may be next. Andreescu is making a pit stop at home in Toronto this week before preparing for the WTA Tour finals in Shenzhen, which begin in two weeks.

4 Off Court Sources: Business Insider

Where will Naomi Osaka live?

With Japanese law requiring Naomi Osaka to give up American citizenship to maintain her Japanese one by her 22nd birthday (Wednesday), she smartly went where the yen are. A little research into U.S. immigration law turns up some obvious red tape, such as a fee ($2,350) and, because of her net worth and inherently appreciable assets (like her big new house in L.A.), an exit tax. More pertinently, she will now be a "tourist" in the U.S., which would limit stays to 90 days. Where will she live? She also gives up that sweet Florida resident tax situation.

5 Off Court Sources: YouTube

Coco Gauff – strength training at 10

Coco Gauff didn't just suddenly arrive as a tennis player. All the way back when she was just 10 (five years ago - a blink of an eye, but a full third of her life), she was already doing strength training. She was working with Jeff Drock, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based trainer and former college player with a Master's degree in sport behaviour and performance, and a list of credentials as long as your arm. Drock works mainly with juniors and collegiate players, on footwork and physical conditioning. It's crazy how little she's changed. But everything has changed.