On Court
1 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Osaka sister gets Miami WC

There is precedent for less-accomplished siblings of top players to get wild cards into smaller ATP and WTA-level tournaments.  Notably, Novak Djokovic's brothers Marko and Djordje have benefited. In Marseille last month, Stefanos Tsitsipas's younger brother Petros (who has no ranking) joined him in doubles. But at the Miami Open next week, IMG gifted world No. 1 Naomi Osaka's older sister Mari a main draw singles wild card into one of the biggest events on tour. Mari Osaka, who turns 23 April 3, is ranked No. 336.  She has never won a match at the WTA level (she's 0-3 in qualifying matches).

2 On Court Sources: USTA

National Campus to host wild-card event

In the wake of the ITF's controversial revamping of its Futures Tour, the USTA has added eight "wild card" tournaments this year. The second will be at the national campus in Lake Nona, Fla. April 23-27. The winner gets a wild card into a $15K tournament, and the finalist a wild card into the qualifying. A 15K doubles wild card goes to the doubles winner.  Meanwhile, two large ITF women's events in North America have been cancelled: a $100,000 in Tampico, Mexico the week of March 25, and a $80,000 tournament in the U.S. (site never confirmed) the week of April 8.

3 On Court Sources: BBC Sport

Fed Cup super-finale on the way?

The BBC is reporting that the ITF is pursuing a Fed Cup "super-final" as early as April, 2020. There would be eight qualifying ties in February - the same number as now, with four in World Group I and four in World Group II. So the reported proposed 12-nation final would have four teams beyond the winners. The report says the ITF is looking for "expressions of interest" from potential host cities in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. east coast by the end of this week. The ITF's official comment is that "nothing has been decided."

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Miami second “golden” chance for No. 1s

Of all the wild results at Indian Wells, the premature defeats of the current No. 1, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic, were up there. Djokovic, still alive in the doubles with Fabio Fognini, wasn't helped by a rare rainout for his third-round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber. The high-bouncing day conditions for the reprise, were to his disadvantage, he said. Kohlschreiber agreed.   Osaka, defending a title for the first time, lost to the in-form Belinda Bencic. Next up is Miami. Even with the new venue, it's close to home for Osaka and a tournament Djokovic has won six times.

5 On Court Sources: BNP Paribas Open

Achilles takes Monfils out of IW

Just as he was playing lights-out tennis, Gaël Monfils's body let him down again. An inflamed Achilles forced a walkover Thursday night against Dominic Thiem. He'd been feeling it for a few days. "A lot of my injuries people think it was because I was lazy or not doing the job, and I always tell them that, you know, it's part of luck sometime," he said. "Sometime some people are more fragile." Monfils remembered playing with an injury against Thiem at Indian Wells in 2017. Four days later he was on crutches, missing Miami. He didn't want a repeat.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: ATP Tour, Tennis.Life

Who will get a grass-court event?

The 2020 ATP Tour calendar has been unveiled, and there are some notable changes. Sofia, Bulgaria, which had been in February, was moved to September despite a letter from two former Board members urging the continued protection of the three-week Asian swing. As for the "open" June 22 grass-court week, currently played in Antalya, Turkey, Tennis.Life has discovered the three candidates. Monza, Italy offers the most prize money. Toni Nadal heads up a Mallorca proposal. Skurup, Sweden is headed by Mats Wilander, and proposes to build six permanent grass courts.

2 Off Court Sources: Instagram

New WTA moms: Dellacqua and Hingis

Happy days for former WTA players Casey Dellacqua and Martina Hingis, both of whom became moms this week. Dellacqua, whose partner Amanda Judd had their first two (Blake and Andie), gave birth to Jesse James Judd on March 12. At at 9 1/4 pounds, a future second row). These three are CUTE! Judd and Dellacqua have been together more than a decade. Hingis welcomed Lia with husband Harald Leeman. The two married last July. It's been an avalanche over the last year. Among the new moms are Elena Vesnina, Sania Mirza, Nadia Petrova, Alla Kudryavtseva, Yaroslava Shvedova (twins!).

3 Off Court Sources: ITF

Chilean player banned for life

Tennis's anti-corruption program has landed another small fish, as Chile's Mauricio Alvarez-Guzman got a lifetime ban. The U.K.-born Guzman, 31, reached a career-high ATP ranking of No. 1050 in 2010. He never played a main-draw match, even at the Challenger level. Alvarez-Guzman was found guilty of offering a player €1,000 to lose a set at a Challenger in Germany in Aug. 2016 (he didn't even play it).  The previous month, he was found guilty of buying a wild card to a Futures in Turkey. He retired, down 2-6, 2-4 in his first-round match. (You'd hope they would go after the Antalya event as well, right?) 

4 Off Court Sources: Roland Garros

French Open Tix on sale March 20

The tickets for the French Open aren't as tough to get as those for Wimbledon. But you have to be nimble on the keyboard. For the general public, they go on sale next Wednesday at 10 a.m. Paris time. The tournament has a web page with some handy tips (it recommends using an actual computer over a phone or tablet during peak periods). For opening day (Sunday, May 26), grounds passes go for €32 ($36US). For Court Suzanne-Lenglen and the "new" Court 1 - Court Simonne-Mathieu, they start at €55 ($62) and for the main court. For the revamped Philippe-Chatrier, at €65 ($73).

5 Off Court Sources: Wuhan Open

Two female TDs at Wuhan Open

Great news from the Wuhan Open, a WTA-only, Premier 5-level event in China held in Li Na's hometown. The tournament announced last week that it will have two female tournament directors for the 2019 edition. Brenda Perry, a New Zealander who long worked for the WTA in various capacities, has been involved in tournament operations since before the tournament began in 2014. Li Qiuping, a native of Wuhan, is the general manager of Wuhan Sports Development Investment Co., which has developed and run the event. Former co-tournament director Fabrice Chouquet is now managing director of WTA-Asia Pacific.