Dramatic week ends with wedding for RBA

With all that has happened to Roberto Bautista-Agut, it’s almost a miracle that his wedding to Ana Bodi Tortosa went off without a hitch last weekend.

When the Spaniard made the Wimbledon semis, his planned bachelor party had to be cancelled – as his pals made their way to London instead.

And just 10 days ago, his father died in the middle of the Davis Cup Finals.

Bautista Agut left to go to the funeral – then immediately returned on a mission, to honor his father’s memory by helping Spain to the Cup.

A year ago, he lost his mother.

More Indian Davis Cup drama

For a relatively minor player on the Davis Cup scene, India doesn’t shortchange on the drama.

The latest is about the ITF’s decision to shift an upcoming tie against Pakistan from Islamabad to a neutral venue, because of security concerns.

Top doubles player Rohan Bopanna and longtime captain Mahesh Bhupathi declined to go to Islamabad.

But before the announcement, their federation decided to replace Bhupathi as captain, naming Rohit Rajpal.

Bhupathi rejects the move – especially as he now will travel.

Bopanna’s beef is: how do you not consult the players?

The federation’s thing is: who cares what you think?

Heavy bankruptcy restrictions for Becker

Bankruptcy restrictions in the U.K. “usually lifted after one year” have been extended … 12 more years for Boris Becker.

Reuters reports an investigation into “assets and undisclosed transactions” and an extension of the restrictions “to prevent Mr Becker causing further harm to his creditors,” according to Britain’s Insolvency Service. 

Becker says it was no biggie, that he couldn’t “manage” a British company, but could be a major shareholder and that the issue was missing a deadline for providing information.

All his outstanding debts will be settled by Christmas, he Tweeted.

The delayed online auction of Becker’s memorabilia raised nearly $900,000 US.

Errani tells critical Italians to call Santa

Sara Errani’s serving struggles have been well-documented.

But she hasn’t given up trying. Errani reached the final at a $60K ITF in Asunción, Paraguay Sunday.

Monday, she let loose on the trolls from her homeland who non-stop barraged her with “insults and criticism” all week.

She wrote that not a single person in Paraguay was anything but encouraging, as she tries so hard to work through it. 

She added they could direct any further correspondence to the WTA to make a request to change the serve rules – or write to “Babbo Natale”. (Santa Claus).


Pospisil’s productive Challenger road trip

After a third-round effort from qualifying at the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, Pospisil has reeled off 11 victories to win the Las Vegas and Charlottesville Challengers.

Pospisil and coach Frank Dancevic then hit the road for Knoxville, scheduled to be his final event of 2019

Pospisil’s ranking rose from No. 248 to No. 153. He’d have to win Knoxville, get a wild card into Houston and win it to make the Australian Open main draw.

That would be tough physically for a player out eight months after back surgery.

But per the ATP rules, he should be able to use his protected ranking.

Go Fund Me for Kennedy Shaffer

American Kennedy Shaffer, a lively, intelligent 22-year-old who’s extremely popular with her peers, headed out on the pro tour after a standout career at the University of Georgia.

But it’s been a struggle. First, she finally got a diagnosis (Celiac’s disease) to explain the pain she had endured for a year.

Then, it took forever to diagnose the source of a right wrist injury, through a couple of futile cortisone injections.

She underwent surgery in late April. The summer has been a comeback.

Shaffer is asking for help on GoFundMe to make her professional dream come true.

Kim Clijsters postpones comeback

Kim Clijsters had hoped to begin the third act of her playing career in January in Australia

The date wasn’t firm – more the best-case scenario if she could get back, fitness-wise.

But now, undergoing rehab and treatment for a knee injury, she has pushed it back.

“It’s a setback but I’m determined as ever to get back to the game I love,” the 36-year-old wrote on Twitter Monday.

It would have been the 10th anniversary of her win over Justine Henin in Brisbane – the first week of the first full season of her first comeback in 2010.

More injury woes for Victoria Duval

As if fighting and beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma weren’t enough for one athlete to handle, American Victoria Duval has dealt with a host of injuries since her return.

And now, one more, as the 23-year-old will be out at least 6-10 weeks after knee surgery next Monday.

Duval announced on Twitter that she has a lateral meniscus tear and a bone bruise.

She has already had knee surgery, in early 2016. And she was out from mid-October 2018 to mid-June 2019 with a stress fracture in her left foot and a partial ligament tear in her right ankle.

Bajin leaves Team Kiki after 6 months

From the tone of her Tweet about the end of her association with coach Sascha Bajin, it wasn’t Kristina Mladenovic’s call.

Bajin had already set the table for that, saying he didn’t know if he’d be back in 2020.

Fictional Tweets have been swirling about Bajin going to Team Clijsters, or Team Kerber.

But Tennis.Life’s sources say Bajin left Team Kiki with a bang, not a whimper. And may indeed already have a new gig lined up.

But it’s not either of those two veterans.

It’s a young up-and-comer, already in the top 25. 

Stay tuned. 🤫

Last “Big 3” bachelor ties the knot

Rafael Nadal was the last matrimonial holdout among the big three (four, if you want to add Andy Murray to that mix).

No more holdouts. Nadal tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello last weekend in Mallorca. And they both looked splendid.

It’s an interesting dynamic with these top players.

Through basically their entire careers, they all were one-women men.

Federer and Mirka Vavrinec, Djokovic and Jelena Ristic, Murray and Kim Sears and Nadal and Xisca went steady throughout. And all four couples ended up getting married.

Is that the magic formula? Scientifically unprovable.