Halep to test back in Moscow

Hampered by a herniated disc, Simona Halep will test out the effects of a week of intensive treatment in Moscow next week.

Via Twitter, Halep posted photos of her workouts in the gym. She wrote she was leaving for Moscow Friday.

Halep obviously will be the top seed. But while the only other top-10 player entered is Karolina Pliskova, the field also includes Kasatkina, Bertens, Sevastova, Sabalenka, Kontaveit and other players who did well in Asia.

The Romanian hopes the extra prep will serve her well in Singapore. Coach Darren Cahill won’t be on hand.

Last-minute NY marathon for Mauresmo

It must be pretty awesome to be in the kind of shape, after two children and at age 39, that you can just decide on a whim to … run a marathon.

But that’s what the amazing Amélie Mauresmo has announced she’s going to do.

She ran 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) in two hours and 33 minutes Friday morning – FYI – and was done by 9:15 a.m.

“Little last-minute decision to run the New York Marathon Nov. 4. It’ll be close, but we’ll make it!” she posted.

Mauresmo has been retired since 2009. She ran her first NYC Marathon a year later, clocking in at 3:40.20. 

Nenad Zimonjic planning ’19 comeback

At 42, longtime doubles star Nenad Zimonjic has a goal.

He had bilateral hip surgery four months ago. And he’s working hard to get back to the ATP Tour in 2019.

Zimonjic, also the Serbian Davis Cup captain, has enlisted his old friend and doubles partner Marco Nesic (now of Croatia) to help. 

Nesic, who coaches in Serbia, played U.S. college tennis at BYU and Hawaii, but didn’t have a pro career.

There’s plenty of video of Zimonjic’s hard work on his Instagram account, as his return is being chronicled in a planned documentary series.

Belgian couple both play Luxembourg

Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck’s girlfriend Greet Minnen was awarded a wild card into the Luxembourg qualifying this weekend.

Coming back from an injury that cost her much of 2017, Minnen is 66-18 at the ITF level this season.

She has moved up nearly 500 spots in the WTA Tour rankings.

It wasn’t a gift. Minnen would have been second alternate into the qualifying. And by her current ranking (not the one at the deadline three weeks ago), she’d have made it easily.

Let’s hope they can play doubles together, for the first time in a WTA Tour event.

Bob Bryan back on practice court

It’s been a long nine weeks since Bob Bryan, the lefty Bryan twin, underwent hip replacement surgery.

Slowly but steadily, he’s progressed and from volleying tennis balls against the door inside his house (probably did this as a kid, too), to hitting and moving on court.

He looks pretty good.

The 40-year-old has watched as his twin won Wimbledon the the US Open with Jack Sock (they lost their opener in Shanghai Wednesday).

Bryan is documenting the rehab on his Instagram account. It’s … well, you have to really motivated to go through all that.

Shvedova doubles down on moms-to-be

With the baby announcements this week – Martina Hingis, Elena Vesnina – another player has come along and … outdone them both.

Yaroslava Shvedova, a former top-25 singles player and Grand Slam-winning No. 3 women’s doubles player, has announced that she is expecting … twins.

Shvedova, 32, has been out of action since the 2017 French Open because of an ankle injury. Surgery cost her at least the remainder of the season.

Her old doubles partner Sania Mirza is due imminently.

Shvedova said in the Instagram post’s replies that she’s not retired. In fact, she hopes to return in 2019.

Venus beats Serena at The Greenbrier

The first on-court appearance for Serena Williams since l’Affaire Ramos came last Saturday.

Williams squared off against sister Venus in an exhibition match at The Greenbrier, a historic resort in West Virginia.

For the record, Venus took this one: 6-3, 2-6 [10-8].

There also was a men’s match, with Kevin Anderson edging out Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 6-3 [10-4]

Sunday featured legends Marat Safin and Carlos Moya, and a mixed match starring the sisters – and dancing.

Originally sold out, the Greenbrier offered some rooms that became available to those fleeing the flooding in North Carolina at a discounted rate.

No Davis Cup for Nadal, Murray

Within the prism of the “new” Davis Cup hoping to attract the top players in the game, there was a reminder that those players are no longer spring chickens.

And that all the money in the world is no guarantee they’ll suit up.

Rafael Nadal committed to Davis Cup this year (even skipping Laver Cup). But his knee injury will keep him out for a month.

Andy Murray would have loved to play a final Davis Cup tie in his Scottish homeland, and considering just playing doubles.

But his surgically-repaired hip wouldn’t hold up, he felt

Right wrist surgery for Dolgopolov

Alexander Dolgopolov, the 29-year-old Ukrainian who reached a career high in singles of No. 13 back in 2012, has hardly played this year.

And after trying to heal a right wrist injury without surgery, Dolgopolov went under the knife in Munich late last week.

Dolgopolov reached the quarters in Brisbane and the third round at the Australian Open to start 2018.

But he has played just two matches since – none since May.

Notably, Juan Martin del Potro and Madison Keys, both of whom have struggled with wrist issues, pulled out of the Rogers Cup last week with … wrist issues.

Murray and Kyrgios’s epic ride

What do two grown multimillionaires do when they arrive in Mason, Ohio (there aren’t a lot of entertainment options, to be frank).

Well, they ride the roller-coaster at the amusement park, of course.

Andy Murray showed his true grit during the ride (and got on the park for asking them to remove the video), much to Kyrgios’s great delight.

Even Roger Federer gave Murray the gears, in a subsequent Instagram post by Kyrgios.

The best part is that it wasn’t some arranged ATP promo; they went rogue on this one, posting to their own social media.