Auger-Aliassime hits the wall in Antwerp
A crazy 24 hours from Tashkent to Antwerp, and a marathon win in a third-set tiebreak in the first round of qualifying, caught up with Canadian teenager Félix Auger-Aliassime Monday.
The 18-year-old retired, down 2-6, 0-3 to veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky in the final round.
The spirit was willing, but the legs were toast after running on adrenaline Sunday.
Auger-Aliassime had the trainer come out to look at what appeared to be a foot issue, then stopped.
Stakhovsky stayed around for quite awhile to talk to the youngster, as he sat there disappointed following the match.
Youth Olympics wrap up in Buenos Aires
Slovenia's Kaja Juvan ruled at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires
The 17-year-old beat Clara Burel of France 7-5, 6-4 to win the girls' singles and teamed up with Poland's Iga Swiatek to win the doubles (Yes, players from different countries could team up).
France's Hugo Gaston won the boys' singles, 6-4, 7-5 over Argentine Facundo Diaz Acosta – before 5,000 fans.
Diaz Acosta and Sebastian Baez won the boys' doubles. Yuki Naito and Naoki Tajima of Japan won the mixed.
Drew Baird and Alexa Noel led a U.S. team that won just one match, total.
No Canadians made the trip.
ATP Challenger Tour
Fratangelo back in winner’s circle
The first nine months of 2018 were rough for American Bjorn Fratangelo.
Coach Brad Stine left him without warning, after what he thought was a great pre-season. Then, the frustration of giving max effort and still ending up in the same spot – just outside the top 100 – three years straight started to burn.
Then he tore a quad muscle and missed his favorite part of the season.
Given all that, Fratangelo said his win at the $100K Fairfield Challenger Sunday was "probably the most emotional one of his career".
After going 2-12 this summer, he's 14-4 since the US Open.
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Last two standing warm each other up
As Rice University head men's tennis coach Efe Ustundag pointed out on Twitter, the ITF circuit doesn't come with entourages.
And so, as the last two players remaining in the $25,000 Tamale Cup, hosted at Rice, top seed Ronnie Schneider and No. 2 seed Jared Hiltzik warmed up ... together.
Must have been a good warmup. Hiltzik outlasted Schneider 6-4, 6-7 (7) 7-5.
The two 24-year-olds both played college tennis – Hiltzik at Illinois and Schneider at North Carolina.
The win was worth $3,600 and, crucially, 27 ATP Tour ranking points.
It's by far Hiltzik's biggest one-week points haul.
From No. 465, he'll move up about 80 spots.
Simona Halep secures year-end No. 1
Simona Halep has secured the year-end No. 1 ranking for the second consecutive year.
A week away from the fifth and final WTA Finals in Singapore (it's moving to Shenzhen, China), Halep will be the only player to have appeared in all five editions.
Dealing with a herniated disc, Halep is in Moscow this week to test out her back and get some match prep before Singapore.
The Romanian reached the Singapore final in 2014. But she hasn't made it out of the round robin since.
So she's changing things up to try to reverse that trend.
Oldest club in South America to disappear
The "Club de Tenis Inglés de Viña del Mar" in Chile, founded in 1882 by English settlers and the oldest tennis club in South America, is no more.
According to EFE Saturday, club officials were waiting to be evicted. The Valparaiso Sporting Club terminated a lease agreement in place since ... 1953.
They didn't go down without a fight – see the sign – and took them to court. But to no avail, the club president said.
The club hosted the opener on the ATP's South American clay-court swing from 2001-2009, and 2012-14.
After years of financial struggles, it relocated to Quito, Ecuador.
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Coaching trials, Part LXV: Konta and Zavialoff
As the season winds down, the short-stint coaching trials multiply as numerous players on the WTA are looking for new mentors.
For Johanna Konta, who parted ways with Michael Joyce after Wuhan, it's Frenchman Dimitri Zavialoff, per the BBC.
Zavialoff coached Stan Wawrinka from childhood to the top 10. He also brought another Swiss, Timea Bacsinszky, back from retirement – and into the top 10.
Konta recently changed management companies. She joined Starwing, whose star client is ... Wawrinka.
Also on a trial are Belgium's Elise Mertens (who had Mom on the plan) and David Taylor, per various Belgian media.
Minella wins Jana Novotna Award
The WTA stop in Luxembourg has renamed its annual award, established last year, in honour of the winner of the first two editions of the tournament in 1991 and 1992.
That was former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who tragically passed away a year ago from cancer.
The award goes to a player especially loyal to the tournament, or who has had a special career performance.
Monica Niculescu, the 2016 Luxembourg champ, won it last year.
The first "Novotna" went to home-country star Mandy Minella at a ceremony Sunday in Luxembourg.
Kim Clijsters won the tournament three consecutive years from 2001-2003.
Nestor goodwill tour stops in Calgary
Retired doubles legend Daniel Nestor's Canadian tennis goodwill tour stops in Calgary this week.
The $75,000 ATP Tour Challenger has named the 46-year-old honorary tournament director this year.
He'll be fêted there on Friday.
Nestor will host a doubles clinic, a kids' clinic, play in the pro-am and take part in a kids' day put on by the local sports radio station.
In other Canadian doubles news, Nestor's occasional partner Adil Shamasdin finally returns to action, after four months off with a knee injury.
He's the No. 4 seed in Calgary with American Hunter Reese.
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Coco Gauff featured in docu-series
At 14, with the No. 1 junior ranking, the French Open girls' singles title and a junior Fed Cup title with her U.S. teammates, Cori Gauff is still a kid.
She still has a poster of Serena William up on her (lilac) bedroom wall.
"Having this is kind of a reminder of where I want to go. I want to be the best ever. I want to be better than Serena. And I want to have that Grand Slam record one day," Gauff says in an episode of Whistle Sports's "No Days Off" docu-series devoted especially to her.