On Court
1 On Court Sources: Fred Sidhu

Clavet takes title in USTA 40s

You don't see too many former top-20 players on the ITF seniors' circuit. But former No. 18 Francisco Clavet, now 51, is now a perfect 15-0 on the seniors circuit. And he gave the rest of the draw a shot by playing down in the USTA National 40s Hard Court Championships last week in La Jolla, Calif. Clavet, who gave up as much as a decade to his opponents, dropped one set in six matches – to three-time former champion Jeff Greenwald in the rain-delayed semis earlier Sunday. He needed exactly an hour to beat No. 5 seed Samuel Schroerlucke in the final, 6-2, 6-2.  

2 On Court Sources: Instagram

Groeneveld back to the ATP Tour

After spending much of his career in the WTA, longtime Maria Sharapova coach Sven Groeneveld will hit the ATP Tour in 2020. Groeneveld is the new coach of Japan's Taro Daniel, a New York-born player currently ranked No. 111 in the world. Daniel, 26, was at a career-best No. 64 in singles just before last year's US Open. Since July 2018, he had been coached by Gustavo Marcaccio, who also is the sub-captain of the Argentine Davis Cup team. Groeneveld works with the Japanese racket company, Toalson. So it's familiar territory.  He last coached on the men's side with promising Chinese youngster Wu Yibing.

3 On Court Sources: Sportske Novosti

No Olympics, new coach for Martic

Croatia's Petra Martic turns 29 on the eve of the Australian Open. And she's a career-high singles ranking of No. 15. But she's aiming for the top 10. But her body has let her down before. So she's foregoing Fed Cup – and the Olympics – in an effort to play more WTA Tour events and earn more points. Martic also made a coaching change late in 2019 – notable because she and her coach of two years, Sandra Zaniewska, were very close. And Zaniewska was one of the few female coaches on tour. Martic's new coach, per Sportske Novosti, is Dutchman Martijn Bok.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Marrero player-coaching at 39

David Marrero was ranked as high as No. 5 in doubles in 2013. But the Spaniard is currently in a rather unlikely place – the $15,000 ITF circuit in the Dominican Republic. Marrero's last singles ranking was in 2011; still, he won two singles qualifying rounds last week. But as of last week, ITF site suddenly listed him as ... David Marrero Santana – a 39-year-old ITF "newbie". He's there to play doubles with – and coach – an unknown 18-year-old American kid named Dhruva Mulye. Mulye played six events since July (including a Challenger) – all on wild cards. But he's straight into the $15Ks.

5 On Court Sources: YouTube

Taste of AO at the WC playoffs

The Australian Open isn't for another six weeks – although it'll get here in a heartbeat. But for a taste of Melbourne Park, and summer, and sunshine, Tennis Australia's AO wild-card playoff tournament began Monday. The men play best-of-five sets, and both the men and women have to win four matches to earn the big prize – a 2020 AO main draw player credential (and all that goes with it). Past winners of a main-draw pass included Alex de Minaur, Jordan Thompson and .... Ashleigh Barty, who earned her spot in 2012.  They're live-streaming four courts on the Australian Open YouTube Channel.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Bouchard “fake bro” due in court Monday

Solomon Shlomo Azari, the 24-year-old accused of running up a $42,000 (US) tab  at the restaurant and bar connected with Canadian tennis player Genie Bouchard's Miami residence – and passing himself off as Bouchard's brother to do it – is due in court Monday. Azari was arrested last August. The original date was to be Nov. 12. But a continuance pushed it back to Monday at 9 a.m. Several members of the Miami-Dade police department have been subpoenaed to appear. Azari made bail and faces charges of "organized fraud", second-degree grand theft and fraudulent use of personal identification information.

2 Off Court Sources: NY Times

Serena’s US Open racket art fetches $$$

The twisted graphite sculpture is a symbol of the drama that ensued on Arthur Ashe Stadium, when Serena Williams met Naomi Osaka in the 2018 US Open final. It's also money in the bank after being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions.  Someone paid $20,910 for it. You feel for 22-year-old Justin Arrington-Holmes, a Boston College student and tennis player who was a ballperson that day. Williams had given it to him. Last summer he took it to a collectibles place after cleaning out his closet, and got ... $500. The store had already sold it to someone else, who then auctioned it.

3 Off Court Sources: Instagram

Jack Sock pops the question

It was a tough season on court for American Jack Sock. But he finished it on a high note, proposing to girlfriend Laura Little. And Sock did it in style – in Central Park, with the carriage ride, the big rock, a touching video to the strains of "My Person" by Spencer Crandall, and some lovely words.  "Words truly can’t describe how I feel about you but when you know, you know. I will forever be thankful that you came into my life and that I’m lucky enough to call you my best friend and soulmate."

4 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Steven Diez ties the knot

Steven Diez had the best season of his career in 2019. He raised his ranking from No. 416 in January to a career-high No. 134 to end it. But the 28-year-old Spanish-Canadian saved his best win for the end; he tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Cynthia Marclay last weekend. Diez didn't play much at the ATP Tour level – just one main draw. But he did beat rising youngsters Alexei Popyrin and Alexander Bublik in 2019. The nearly 300-spot rise came on the Challenger circuit (one title - in Burnie, Australia in January). He'll look to make that leap in 2020.

5 Off Court Sources: ATP Tour, YouTube

Auger-Aliassime talks about the journey

After a season during which he broke into the top-20 right after his 19th birthday, Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime sat down and talked to the ATP Tour about how he knew he never wanted to do anything else. From the age of seven or eight, that was it. Pro tennis or bust. Auger-Aliassime said he knew there was no guarantee that he would make it.  And there were moments when he took a step back before taking two steps forward. But his main focus was just staying the course over the long-term, confident that good things would happen.