ATP babies … everywhere!

It’s been quite a week for ATP baby announcements.

First up is Kevin Anderson, who announced wife Kelsey had given birth to Keira O’Neal Anderson on Sept. 27.

Across the pond, Andy Murray and wife Kim are expecting their third child, IMMINENTLY.

Murray  meets Kimmer Coppejans in the first round in Antwerp. But he told the Times he’s on standby if the baby arrives early. He doesn’t expect to return to court until the Davis Cup final.

Meanwhile, Marin Cilic, 31, joked about his “new ride” as he announced he and wife Kristina Milkovic are expecting an addition in 2020.

Andreescu joins Rolex family

Bianca Andreescu had a few smaller endorsements in Canada – BMW, Copper Branch.

But her win at the US Open should vault her into the “premium sponsor’ category.

And the most premium of the premium is the Rolex watch sponsorship.


It pays a lot less than you think. But you do get a watch. And it’s the prestige brand.

We hear Gatorade – the premium sports drink sponsorship – may be next.

Andreescu is making a pit stop at home in Toronto this week before preparing for the WTA Tour finals in Shenzhen, which begin in two weeks.

A home finale for Estrella Burgos

Victor Estrella Burgos was never a big star.

But the 5-foot-7 man from the Dominican Republic became a legend in his land when he went from scrapping at cash tournaments … to the top 50.

Estrella Burgos won the ATP event in Quito, Ecuador three straight years between 2015-17.

He broke into the top 200 at 33 – more than a decade after turning pro. Top 100 came a year later and his career high No. 43 shortly before he turned 35.

He repped his country for 20 years in Davis Cup and the Pan-Am Games.

Estrella Burgos retired this week at the Challenger in Santo Domingo, at 39. 

Osaka commended by … Osaka mayor

Naomi Osaka kicked off what surely will be a jam-packed week in her namesake city of Osaka, Japan with a ceremony.

She was given a commendation by Hirofumi Yoshimura, the governor of Osaka prefecture, and Osaka mayor Ichiró Matsui.

(Off topic: could there be ANY more iconic Japanese baseball name than that?)

Funnily enough, those two officials actually switched jobs this year.

Osaka is the top seed in her hometown of Osaka – which where is the Premier event, long held in Tokyo, has relocated to.

It’ll be her first tournament after sacking coach Jermaine Jenkins.

Federer, Nishikori to meet in Uniqlo exho

Roger Federer has been with Uniqlo for about 14 months. So it’s time for an “all-Uniqlo” charity exhibition match with stablemate Kei Nishikori.

It’s due to happen Oct. 14, at the Ariake Coliseum, which will be the main venue for the Tokyo Olympics.

The event takes place the day after the Shanghai Masters 1000 final and will be preceded by a wheelchair match featuring Shingo Kunieda and Gordon Reid (also Uniqlo players).

It’s not THAT big a deal – a three-hour flight will go pretty smoothly in a private jet. But it’ll be interesting if both happen to go deep in Shanghai.

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., 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.