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!).

Next week is ATP dropout week

We’re two weeks beyond the first Grand Slam of the season.

But the number of no-shows next week is concerning.

Earlier, Richard Gasquet and Kyle Edmund had pulled out of the 500-level event in Rotterdam with longer-term issues.

Grigor Dimitrov is out with a shoulder problem. So is Alexander Zverev. Nick Kyrgios cited a knee issue.

And Friday, Marin Cilic also sent his regrets, still dealing with a knee issue dating back to last season.

Top seed Kevin Anderson and American Jack Sock pulled out of New York along with Alex de Minaur and Feliciano Lopez.

Hlavackova latest mom-to-be

Andrea Hlavackova, a 32-year-old Czech currently ranked No. 8 in the world in doubles, will be off the court for awhile.

She announced on her Instagram, in conjunction with a story on the WTA Tour’s website, that she and husband Fabrizio Sestini are expecting a baby this summer.

Hlavackova and countrywoman Barbora Strycova played in the Tour Finals in Singapore last October. But she hasn’t yet played in 2019.

“It was definitely something we planned in our lives, though it happened quicker than we expected,” Sestini-Hlavackova said.

She and Sestini, a tournament-relations director for the WTA, married in July, 2017.  

BIG get-well gift from Wawrinka

After all the premature obituaries in Melbourne, former No. 1 Andy Murray decided to have the hip resurfacing surgery that would – best-case scenario – allow him to resume his career.

If not that, it will hopefully at least alleviate the constant pain and allow him to enjoy his everyday life, including playing with his two young children.

Stan Wawrinka sent him a comfort animal that is even bigger than he is – a thoughtful gesture.

It’s similar to the surgery doubles star Bob Bryan had in August. Bryan returned in January to partner brother Mike.

Tsitsipas takes off the “adjectives”

We don’t know what the next chapter has in store for rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

In the meantime, though, he’s getting back to nature.

“I like me better naked. I don’t mean that in a vain way … When you put clothes on, you immediately put a character on. Clothes are adjectives, they are indicators. When you don’t have any clothes on, it’s just you, raw, and you can’t hide,” the 20-year-old wrote on Instagram.

(Tsitsipas doesn’t attribute the quotes he uses. So we’ll help: this was reportedly said by television personality Padma Lakshmi)

Zimonjic plans return in Sofia

After having bilateral hip replacement last June, Serbian Nenad Zimonjic is planning to return to tournament tennis as soon as next week in Sofia.

This is the “never been done” category.

The 42-year-old Davis Cup captain recruited world No. 3 Mate Pavic as a partner, and has entered the ATP event with a protected ranking

Zimonjic, a former No. 1 with three Grand Slam titles on his resumé, went 1-9 in 2018. He won his only match in his last tournament in Munich in May.

They’ll play Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan in the first round.

Tag Heuer – Next Gen timepiece

In the tennis watch sponsorship sweepstakes, the Tag Heuer brand is building from the Next Gen up.

The Swiss watchmaker is a sponsor at the Next Gen Finals in Milan.

And it already had rising stars Denis Shapovalov of Canada and Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. before adding 18-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime at this Australian Open.

The company unveiled its stable of ambassadors (and their timepieces) at an event at the start of the tournament with Auger-Aliassime (18), Hyeon Chung (22), Olga Danilovic (17), Tiafoe (20) and Shapovalov (19). 

Romania’s Ana Bogdan, 26, is sort of the outlier in the pic.

Hydrogen makes a move with Berdych

The Italian brand Hydrogen, which until now has had Fabio Fognini as its star endorsee, is loading up.

Fognini left for Emporio Armani. He’ll promote their sportswear with wife Flavia Pennetta.

Meanwhile, Hydrogen has added some fine-looking tennis players. Tomas Berdych (long with Nike, returning from injury), Feliciano Lopez (his final year), Dustin Brown and Adrian Mannarino among them.

Lopez had been with Ellesse. Fellow Ellesser Monica Puig wore it at the Hawaii Open exhibition. But she wore a Yonex top in a recent pic (since deleted), and she may be gone, too.

Tsitsipas joins Next-Gen watchmen

Hyeon Chung was probably the first of the next generation to get the almost-mandatory watch deal, as Rado began supporting him in 2015.

Alexander Zverev, then 19, followed in Rafael Nadal’s footsteps with a pricey Richard Mille in June, 2016.

In Oct. 2017, 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov became a “friend of the brand” for Tag Heuer.

The most recent Next-Gen watchman came last week, as Stefanos Tsitsipas joined the Rolex tennis family headed by Roger Federer.

He’s already done the photo shoot for the most iconic of all the brands.

After the year he had, you’d expect more to come.

Newlywed Groenefeld re-teams with King

There will be lots of “new” for doubles specialist Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

The 33-year-old German will head Down Under as a newlywed, having married longtime coach Ingo Herzgerodt, 47.

She’ll also have a new partner, American Vania King. She and Kind won Quebec City in 2008 and reached the 2009 Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Aussie Daria Gavrilova and longtime love, fellow Aussie player Luke Saville, got engaged over the off-season.

The two, who both will turn 25 early in 2019, are literally childhood sweethearts. Gavrilova, then a Russian, began dating Saville, the 2011 Wimbledon and 2012 Aussie Open junior champion, when she was just 15.