Coria back on court after suspension

It seems just a moment ago that Federico Coria, brother of former world No. 3 Guillermo Coria, was suspended by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The sentence was eight months, for not reporting match-fixing approaches.

He didn’t accept; his brother said at the time that Coria didn’t report it because he felt threatened.

Six of those eight months were suspended. So as soon as he was eligible, Coria returned.

He’s the No. 2 seed at a $25K Futures event in Romania this week, and No. 2 seed in doubles with Cristian Rodriguez of Colombia.

He won both his first-round matches.

ITF launches gender equality campaign

There’s a certain irony to the fact that the ITF, at its AGM this week in Orlando, Fla., announced a new campaign to promote gender equality to “ensure tennis is a leading light for sport both on and off the field.”

The organization’s entire focus the last months has been the men – its big-bucks reform of Davis Cup, which comes to a vote Thursday.

Wasn’t it just a year ago that the ITF proudly announced Geneva as host a combined Fed Cup and Davis Cup finals event from 2018-2020?

Yes, it was.

Have they let Geneva know?

The ATP Tour goes “summer blond”

It’s – well, a small trend?

All of a sudden we’re seeing ATP Tour players who have decided to … lighten up for the summer.

Notably – and most oddly – Richard Gasquet showed up in Cincinnati looking like he dipped his head into a bleach pot.

As well, doubles specialist Henri Kontinen of Finland went vaaleaverinen

And France’s Benoit Paire is carrying on from his conversion earlier in the summer.

But a big shout to Dominic Thiem – who seems to have been the originator of this exactly three summers ago (and our eyes still haven’t recuperated).

Muhammad, Klahn earn US Open WCs

Asia Muhammad has won the US Open wild-card playoff, and a spot in the women’s singles draw later this month.

Her big result was a win at the Lexington ITF two weeks ago.

At 27, ranked No. 218, it will be only Muhammad’s second US Open in singles. Her first came on a wild card a decade ago as a junior. She beat Johanna Konta in the first round of the girls’ event that year.

Bradley Klahn earned the spot in the men’s draw after the qualifier upset David Ferrer in the first round of the Masters 1000 in Toronto.

Veteran move by Granollers in Binghamton

Down a set, 5-6 and love-40 on his serve in the Binghamton Challenger doubles semifinal Saturday, Spanish veteran Marcel Granollers made a move.

He called for a medical timeout to have his shoulder massaged.

After a 5 1/2-minute break, Granollers/Granollers saved four match points and won the tiebreak, the match tiebreak – and the title the next day.

“That’s about as dirty a win as you will get,” livestream commentator Mike Cation said. “I need a shower. That’s pretty bad.”

Opponents Hans Hach and Andreas Siljestrom seemed somewhat less perturbed.

At least it was on his own serve.

Top doubles star Chan on partner rotation

From last October through the French Open, Latisha Chan was the No. 1-ranked doubles player in the world.

It’s crazy to think she doesn’t have a regular partner.  

Chan and Martina Hingis won nine titles in 2017, including Indian Wells and the US Open.

But then, Hingis retired.

So Chan began this year with Andrea Sestini Hlavackova, then played a couple of events with her sister Hao-Ching and most of the clay season with Bethanie Mattek-Sands,

Wimbledon? Shuai Peng.

San Jose? Kveta Peschke.

Montreal? Ekaterina Makarova.

The US Open? Up in the air.

Serve clock and short warmup start today

Ahead of the plan to extend the 25-second serve clock and shortened warmup from the qualifying to the main draw at the US Open, the ATP and WTA tournaments begin implementing it as of Monday.

ATP head of officiating Gayle Bradshaw will even hold a round table with the media at the Citi Open Monday afternoon.

In short, the chair umpire enters the score, calls the score – and starts the clock.

First offence is a warning. Second offense is a serve fault for the server and a point penalty, if the receiver isn’t ready.

Jesse Witten can still play tennis

Remember American Jesse Witten?

He made quite a splash at the 2009 US Open.

The former college standout qualified and gave Novak Djokovic fits before going down in four sets in the third round.

Witten peaked at No. 163. But even though he’s played only sporadically in recent years (he’s coaching in Naples, Fla.), he can still play.

Witten qualified at the Lexington Challenger in 2017 (played at his alma mater).

This year, having barely played at all, the 35-year-old won a round. He was then beaten, 7-5 in the third set by Mikael Torpegaard, 11 years his junior.

Nadia Petrova has a baby girl

According to fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze, longtime WTA Tour player Nadia Petrova is a mom, having just given birth to a baby girl.

No further details seem to be available yet.

Petrova, now 36, was a talented, technically sound all-round player who reached No. 3 in singles and No. 3 in doubles during a really strong era.

But she was dealt a double blow in recent years.

The first was the unexpected death of her mother in Dec. 2013. The second was injuries; Petrova had more than her fair share.

Her last match was in Charleston in 2014. She officially retired in Jan. 2017.

Medina Garrigues to retire at US Open

Anabel Medina Garrigues, the Spanish Fed Cup captain, spent two years rehabbing a shoulder to make a comeback to the WTA Tour in Madrid in May.

But she announced Friday that the US Open (she’s pictured above with Virginia Ruano Pascual at the 2008 Open; they reached the semis) will be her last tournament.

Medina Garrigues turns 36 next Tuesday.

Already this week, 36-year-old Mikhail Youzhny announced he’s done in September. And a few weeks ago, Gilles Muller, 35, announced this would be his last season.

You get the sense the sense 36-year-old David Ferrer is close, too.