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.
It’s been quite the year for Karen Khachanov.
Not only did he break into the top 10 in the ATP Tour rankings for the first time, he also became a father Saturday.
A baby boy. Lots of congrats from his fellow players.
Khachanov and wife Veronika Shkliaeva were married in 2016, when Khachanov was just 20.
Even through the final days, Khachanov was practicing in Moscow with fellow Russians (and oh, hey, there’s Nikolay Davydenko again!)
But you can see how he might have been distracted in New York.
Khachanov is the No. 2 seed in St. Petersburg this week.
The weddings of more famous players might get more play during the post-Wimbledon break.
But Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands had a beautiful one July 21, as she wed Dutch footballer Edinho Pattinama.
Nice video here.
Pattinama, 30, plays for SV Deltasport Vlaardingen, where his father Ton is the manager and twin brother Jordao also plays.
Kerkhove, 27, is a former top-15 junior. She’s been in the top 150 in singles and the top 60 in doubles.
She got right back to work the next week, winning a $25K in Great Britain and reaching the final of another one the following week.
Kevin Anderson and John Isner are the more well-known products of the U.S. college tennis system.
But in the doubles ranks, players from all over the world who played college tennis in the U.S. are a legion.
The most recent success story is that of two Belgians, Sander Gille, 28 and Joran Vliegen, 26.
Gille graduated from East Tennessee State in 2012. Vliegen earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from East Carolina University.
They first teamed up six years ago at the Futures level in Belgium.
They won their first ATP Tour title last week in Bastad.
The post-Wimbledon period is a popular one for tennis weddings.
And last weekend, American Alison Riske – fresh off a Wimbledon quarterfinal appearance, too – looked glorious as she married Stephen Amritraj in her hometown of Pittsburgh.
She even Bollywooded a little, to Baar Baar Dekho, as a tribute to joining the Amritraj clan (looks like they practiced a bit!).
Riske is 29; Amritraj is 35.
Also trying the knot was Indian doubles player Divij Sharan. Sharan, 33, married British player Samantha Murray, 31.
A headline from “Outlook India” magazine blares out: “Indian Tennis Players Wed Foreigners”. Sigh.
At 38 weeks, Andrea Sestini Hlavackova is in the home stretch of her pregnancy (P.S., how great does she look?)
Her girls gave her a surprise baby shower on the weekend.
Among guests was another mom-to-be, Lucie Safarova.
Safarova is expecting her first child with hockey player Tomas Plekanec.
We spot recent Wimbledon singles semifinalist and doubles champion Barbora Strycova, too.
Hlackova actually commentated Strycova’s semifinal. She worked Wimbledon with another standout Czech player, Petra Cetkovska.
Cetkovska’s last match came this week in 2016, in Prague. She and Hlavackova won their first WTA doubles title there – all the way back in 2007.
Many years, after Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal can be found sailing his boat, Beethoven, off the coast of Ibiza.
Sometimes women are allowed; most often it’s boys only.
But Nadal, a creature of habit, has put a twist on that this year.
He’s been spotted at Phi Beach on the island of Sardinia with his pals. It’s on the north shore, next to Corsica. But it’s not that far from home – only 350 miles, as the crow flies.
One reason may be that Beethoven is on the market, as Nadal plans to upgrade. He did sail after the French Open.
When Lucie Šafářová turned up at the Nun’s Island tennis club in Montreal to hit with Canadian Françoise Abanda in May, she was in town because her boyfriend was there.
That would be longtime Montreal Canadiens star Tomáš Plekánec. The pair announced last week that they are expecting a child.
Šafářová, still just 32, retired at the French Open after playing a limited doubles schedule in 2019.
Plekánec has two sons, Matyáš and Adam, with singer/actress Lucie Vondráčková. They married in 2011.
Last summer, their breakup and his relationship with Šafářová were big news in the Czech Republic.
Croatia’s Ana Konjuh has been in pain for a decade.
The former US Open and Australian Open junior champion, who did the Eddie Herr/Orange Bowl double at 14, Konjuh had three surgeries on her right elbow – the third right after she hit the top 20 at age 19.
In this Behind the Racket post, he talks about playing with pain since she was … 12
As a last resort, Konjuh – only 21– had ulnar lateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John) surgery in March.
Brian Baker needed three years to recover.
(Pic of Konjuh, with fellow ’97 Belinda Bencic in the ’12 Wimbledon junior girls doubles final).
The only thing that could have made Sunday better for Dominic Thiem and Kristina Mladenovic would have been for Thiem to beat Rafael Nadal and win Roland Garros
Otherwise, the low-key couple of nearly two years had a great fortnight.
Mladenovic won the women’s doubles after logging hours courtside supporting her beau. She also took over the No. 1 ranking.
It’s not all “love” out there, though.
G.E.M.S.life, the Instagram account started by lovebirds Gaël Monfils and Elina Svitolina, is defunct.
Avid Insta watchers also note their respective accounts have been “scrubbed” of each other’s existence.