Carlsbad joint-event plan looks dead

There are tournaments looking to make changes for 2020.

But Tennis.Life is told that the requests are being deferred, as the ATP Board wants to formulate a long-term strategy.

So a plan that would return tennis to the San Diego area appears dead for now.

La Costa was the proposed site for a joint event before Indian Wells that relocated the Sao Paulo ATP event, and left Acapulco as ATP-only by relocating the WTA component.

ATP Tournament council members, we’re told, did not support the Sao Paulo move.

The WTA event ran there from 1984-2013. It was sold to Japan.

Where is Milagros Sequera now?

It was B.T. (Before Twitter). So most missed the drama.

Might mite Milagros (Milly) Sequera reached her first – and only – WTA final in Quebec City in 2003, facing 16-year-old Maria Sharapova. But she rolled her ankle.

Tears streaming down her face, she was wheeled out of the arena to huge applause.

Sequera reached No. 48 in singles and No. 29 in doubles – one of the best female players to represent Venezuela.

Now 38, she married Stephen Huss, earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and a Masters from San Diego State this year.

She’s currently the manager of adult tournaments for the USTA.

Murray bros square off in dubs “finale”

Andy Murray has decided to focus on singles going forward.

So his match against brother Jamie Friday in Cincinnati, should he and Feliciano Lopez lose, could be his last for awhile.

The brother have only faced off once in their careers. In 2015 in Montreal, Jamie and John Peers beat Andy and Leander Paes 6-4, 7-6 (9).

Jamie Murray is playing with another Brit, Neal Skupski. 

Not that it’s huge news. But if Murray and Lopez win, that would improve Murray’s career doubles won-loss record at … 77-75. And it would also move him into the … top 75 in the doubles rankings.

Jack Sock finally back to business

American Jack Sock, who was No. 15 in the world in singles  a year ago, finally returns his week in Atlanta.

The wild card will meet Miomir Kecmanovic. He’s also in the doubles draw with pal Jackson Withrow.

Sock’s doubles ranking still stands at No. 16. His singles ranking, though, has plummeted to No. 180.

The American has played just one match this year. He’s been out since losing in the first round in Melbourne with a hand ligament injury, about which not much is known.

He originally was due to return at two U.S. Challengers last month. 

College vets Vliegen and Gille win 1st title

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. 

Post-Wimby weddings star Riske, Sharan

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. 

Arconada, Korda lead WC challenge

After the first two weeks of the US Open wild card challenge, Usue Arconada still leads, with 88 points.

Nicole Gibbs remains second with 48 points. Caroline Dolehide is third. Jamie Loeb and Berkeley semifinalist Sachia Vickery are tied for fourth with 29 points.

This week, the women’s race moves to (take a breath)… the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic Presented by Bon Secour Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Kentucky. 

On the men’s side, Sebastian Korda leaped into the lead with a final at the Challenger in Nor-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The big-point WTA and ATP events kick in next week.

Mid-season WTA coaching blues

Halftime is nearly over. It’s not the best time to look for a new coach – presumably, the better ones are currently employed.

But that’s the reality for former Wimbledon champions Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza.

2018 champion Kerber announced Friday that after eight months, she and Rainer Schuettler had parted ways after Kerbe’s second-round loss to lucky loser Lauren Davis.

Muguruza and Sumyk split after the 2017 champion’s first-round loss to qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Muguruza has entered San Jose. Kerber’s next tournament will be Toronto.

It’ll be interesting to see who – if anyone – comes with them.

Jagger Leach, Nicolas Godsick chips off the block

When Lindsay Davenport returned after having her son Jagger, you’ll remember the pics of her, the baby, and the trophy.

Jagger, now 12, was ranked No. 7 nationally in the boys’ 12s when he went to Orlando last week to play the national clay courts. He reached the “gold draw”. 

Here’s a funny story from 2017 where Jagger “decided” to stay home from Wimbledon and play a tournament because his “buddies were telling him how much fun it is.

Nicolas Godsick, son of Mary Joe Fernandez and agent Tony Godsick, finished third in the 14s boys singles and won the doubles.

Winston-Salem wants to add WTA in 2020

With the departure of the New Haven event to Asia, the USTA and the WTA have been looking at options to fill the week before the US Open.

They have taken what was planned as a $100,000 ITF event in the Bronx, and expanded it to the WTA International level this year.

But another suggestion has come from the ATP Tour event in Winston-Salem, NC.

Tennis.Life has learned that it wants to add a WTA event to its current ATP Tour 250 stop for 2020.

The site has five match courts and six practice courts, and would expand its player areas.