US Open series a wash for Anderson

Kevin Anderson has tried to play tennis this summer.

But he has, in order, withdrawn from Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and now Winston-Salem.

(Frances Tiafoe takes Anderson’s wild card).

The issue has been the knee – a problem Anderson struggled with earlier in his career but seemed to have overcome.

The tall South African has played just five tournaments this year. His right elbow was the issue earlier on.

Pune/Australian Open – and then nothing until Miami. Then nothing until Queen’s Club/Wimbledon.

He’s 11-4 when he has played. But you’d think his participation in the US Open is doubtful.

Hall of Fame home for Laver Cup

In a move sure to thrill tennis purists, the International Tennis Hall of Fame is now the permanent home of the Laver Cup.

“Todd Martin, (ITHF CEO) recognized that his organisation shared many of the same values as the Laver Cup, and thus a collaboration was born,” the press release states.

The trophy will be part of an exhibit this summer.

Li Na, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mary Pierce will be inducted there Saturday.

“It makes sense for it to be housed here in this place, which is steeped in so much history,” John Isner said.

Wimbledon TV ratings boffo

Serena Williams in the women’s final and a riveting men’s final added up to big ratings in North America and the U.K.

The men’s final was the most viewed on ESPN since Federer-Murray in 2012, up 211% from 2018. It had 3.3 million watching, while the Saturday slate attracted 1.2 million. 

Some 2.3 million Canadians watched all of part of the men’s final (in English) on TSN – double last year. The women’s final was up 34 per cent, to 1.6 million.

The men’s final peaked at 9.6 million at 7.05 p.m. on the BBC, averaging six million and beating out both the cricket and Formula 1 combined.

Good news on Court 12 emergency

The medical emergency on Court 12 during the third-round match between Jan-Lennard Struff and Mikhail Kukushkin last Friday was serious enough that they cleared the court.

A 60-year-old woman’s heart stopped, and the St. John’s Ambulance personnel (volunteers, bless ’em) on hand used a defibrillator and reanimated her.

Her daughter Cyra signed up on Twitter to let everyone know how her mother is doing and to give shutouts to the St. Johns people, the tournament and to Struff personally.

Cyra wrote it was quite severe, and the recovery period will be lengthy although her mother is speaking clearly again. 

With G.E.M.S. history, MladenoThiem a power

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.  

Murray to return (in doubles) at Queen’s

Good news for Andy Murray fans looking for him to return on the grass after his hip surgery.

The 32-year-old plans to play Queen’s Club, just two weeks before Wimbledon, in doubles with old friend Feliciano Lopez.

Murray hasn’t played doubles since teaming up with Dan Evans at Indian Wells in 2017 (they actually beat Lopez and Marc Lopez there in the first round).

But of course it’s not about that. It’s about being on court again.

The two have never played together. They squeezed in last with Lopez’s doubles ranking (No. 51) and Murray’s protected singles rankings (No. 2)

Kyrgios loses his … stuff in Rome

Nick Kyrgios revved up a rowdy crowd in Rome that was chanting his name against Casper Ruud.

And then it turned – seemingly because of one fan.

In a heartbeat, the racket flies (far too close to the  line umpire). A small racket bag stand goes flying into the middle of the court.

And then Kyrgios packs up his bag, shakes the hand of his opponent, the umpire and the supervisor, leaves the court and forfeits.

He received 20,000 Euros in fines, loses the 45 points he earned and is on the hook for his hotel bill.

Wozniak begins coaching career in Cancun

In addition to starting a marketing job with Elixir, Canadian Aleksandra Wozniacki has also kicked off her coaching career.

The 31-year-old, who retired at the end of 2018, is in Cancun, Mexico this week at a $15,000 entry-level ITF event.

Wozniak did a coaching certification course just two weeks ago in Toronto (former pros get to skip a couple of levels).

And she’s already on the job.

Two young Canadians were in the Cancun draw: Alexandra Vagramov (a Vancouverite who turns 18 in two weeks and is headed to UCLA) and Jada Bui (17 in February, from the Toronto suburbs). 

Canadian Carol Zhao does Shallow

It hasn’t been a fun year for Canadian Carol Zhao.

The former Stanford standout, who turns 24 next month, hasn’t played since last November because of an elbow issue that had bothered her most of 2018.

At one point last year in the pre-Andreescu breakout era, Zhao was the Canadian No. 1. She peaked at No. 131 last July. She continued to play, but was compromised.

As Zhao tries to find the right solution, at least she has some other interests to keep her occupied.

Here she is pulling off a really good version a tough song to sing, “Shallow”.

Kevin Anderson elbowed out of clay season

Kevin Anderson struggled with injuries in 2016 and 2017.

But in 2018, he had the season of his career despite more injuries. He reached a career high No. 5 after reaching the Wimbledon final.

So what a shame that his right elbow is compromising a great start to 2019, which began with a title in Pune.

Anderson missed two months after Australia. He went to Indian Wells, but couldn’t play. And after making the Miami quarterfinals, he’s now announced he hopes to be back or the grass.

He had to withdraw from Estoril, Madrid, Rome and the French.