Doubles specialist Edouard Roger-Vasselin (whose regular partner, Rohan Bopanna, is injured) reached the Citi Open final with Mike Bryan. He then flew to Toronto for the Rogers Cup.
But after losing in the first round there with Fernando Verdasco, the 34-year-old Frenchman had to make a lightning trip home.
For a the best reason.
Wife Marine gave birth to daughter Lou on Monday (She probably appreciated this selfie very, very much – although she looks great).
Lou joins son Mateo, who turns four in October.
Roger-Vasselin is scheduled to play doubles first up in Cincinnati on Thursday.
Frenchman Julien Benneteau’s career will end at this year’s US Open.
Still ranked No. 58 at nearly 37, he already has a post-career gig as France’s new Fed Cup captain.
Benneteau reached No. 25 in singles and No. 5 in doubles, including a bucket-list title at Roland Garros in 2014.
He hit the road for his final two events Wednesday: Winston-Salem (four stopovers), then New York
A 2011 finalist, it will be his last shot to get off the finals schneid (barring a French miracle at Flushing).
Benneteau has reached 10 singles finals in his career. He’s still searching for his first title.
Over the last few weeks, seeded players with byes have withdrawn late, allowing qualifying losers to leap into the second round.
In San Jose, Anna Blinkova replaced top seed Garbiñe Muguruza. Magdalena Frech subbed for No. 2 Madison Keys.
In Cincinnati this week, Malek Jaziri jumped in for Rafael Nadal, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for Dominic Thiem.
Pam Shriver of ESPN put an idea out there: in that case, let a first-round main draw loser get a second chance.
Of course, in San Jose, that would have been Serena. In Cincy, John Isner. So it’s a little self-(U)Serving.
A fellow with a familiar last name and a hauntingly familiar face won the Swedish national 16-and-unders over the weekend.
Leo Borg, 15, has a challenging road ahead. His startling resemblance to father Bjorn at the same age is going to shine an unnaturally bright spotlight on him.
Already, in late June. FILA announced that it had signed Leo, following in the footsteps of his father (who made the brand iconic back in the 1970s).
Leo Borg will begin to appear in advertising in 2019.
No doubt we may see some father-son ads, too.
Andrei Pavel, the Romanian who most recently was working with countywoman Simona Halep, is the new coach of another Romanian, Marius Copil.
Copil and Andrei Mlendea, with whom he reached his peak of No. 73 last February, stopped working together a few days before the Rogers Cup last week.
“I feel that I need to change something in order to make a progress,” Copil wrote on Twitter.
Copil qualified in Cincinnati, upsetting No. 6 seed Cameron Norrie in the first round.
He’ll face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the main draw on Tuesday.
There was an extra cheering section for American Frances Tiafoe at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week.
The 20-year-old, who jumped into the top 40 for the first time Monday, has Toronto native Ayan Broomfield as his longtime girlfriend.
When asked in press, Tiafoe told a fully self-deprecating tale of how he made this happen, after being introduced by fellow player Victoria Duval.
Broomfield, who turns 21 Monday, had a good junior career and turned it into a scholarship with Clemson University, before transferring to UCLA for the 2017-18 season.
Broomfield seemed to take it well.
New this year at the Rogers Cup in Montreal is a version of the US Open’s longstanding American Express radio service.
In Montreal, it’s sponsored by Banque Nationale.
A limited number of headphones will be available at the bank’s booth starting Monday, so fans can listen along during play.
It’s a big hit in New York – especially with celebrities who don’t know much about tennis.
Roger Federer’s father, Robert, has listened in and laughed when the commentators gave him a shutout.
No word on whether the broadcast will be in English or French.
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.
After hip surgery last January, Andy Murray has worked overtime to try to to come back.
He certainly had as a target being back for Wimbledon.
But in the end, after trying at Queen’s Club and Eastbourne, he determined he just wasn’t going to be back to snuff enough to play best-of-five sets.
Murray pointed to the Citi Open, where the current No. 838 (!!!) received a wild card as a goal. So he will obviously be a dangerous floater in the draw.
And there he was, stripped to the essentials on the practice court Friday.
Bob Bryan waded into the Serena Williams dope-testing imbroglio with a nutty Tweet about being on a first-name basis with the USADA official who administers his doping tests.
Bryan and his twin Mike were tested six times each by the US anti-doping association in 2017 (Serena and Venus were tested just three times each).
They also were tested 4-6 times in competition, and seven or more times out of competition by the ITF’s anti-doping arm.
Doubles players Daniel Nestor, Nenad Zimonjic and Mate Pavic had zero ITF out-of-competition tests.
The man’s name is John.
Of course it is.