On Court
1 On Court Sources: BBC Sport

No US Open for Andy Murray

Former No. 1 Andy Murray had planned to play doubles and mixed at the US Open – and resume his singles comeback after that. But now, he told the BBC that he won’t play in New York at all, after having to decide Monday whether or not to accept a singles wild card and opting not to. Murray will play singles at the Winston-Salem Open next week, and has committed to several tournaments in Asia in the fall. If he doesn’t do well next week, he said he’ll consider dropping down to the Challenger level to get more matches.

2 On Court Sources: Twitter, Winston-Salem Open

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 But he has, in order, withdrawn from Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and now Winston-Salem.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

3 On Court Sources: Aurora Games

Aurora Games tennis in Albany Aug. 20

The inaugural Aurora Games are set for next week in Albany, NY. A group of legendary female athletes are on board. And there’s a tennis component the night of Aug. 20. There is a clinic (which costs $100). But tickets for the one-night tennis event are as low as $15. And they seem to be selling well. The format is “Team World” (Garbiñe Muguruza, Belinda Bencic, Victoria Azarenka) vs. “Team Americas” (Bianca Andreescu – who signed on first up, as did Muguruza – Monica Puig, Sofia Kenin). There will be three singles and two doubles matches with no-ad scoring.

4 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Murray bros square off in dubs “finale”

Andy Murray has decided to focus on singles going forward. So his match against brother Jamie Friday in Cincinnati, should he and Feliciano Lopez lose, could be his last for awhile. The brother have only faced off once in their careers. In 2015 in Montreal, Jamie and John Peers beat Andy and Leander Paes 6-4, 7-6 (9). Jamie Murray is playing with another Brit, Neal Skupski.  Not that it’s huge news. But if Murray and Lopez win, that would improve Murray’s career doubles won-loss record at … 77-75. And it would also move him into the … top 75 in the doubles rankings.

5 On Court Sources: ATP, ESPN

Major fines for Kyrgios in Cincinnati

Nick Kyrgios’s behaviour in a second-round loss to Karen Khachanov in Cincinnati Wednesday night did not go unpunished. The Aussie was hit with $113,000 US in fines – $20,000 each for four unsportsmanlike conduct instances, $20,000 more for verbal abuse – and $3,000 for “leaving the court”. The ATP is looking into whether there might be more, including possible suspension, under the “Player Major Offense” section. That wouldn’t affect the US Open, under the ITF umbrella. Meanwhile, Kyrgios watched his friends Jack Sock and Andy Murray play doubles against each other Thursday, legal beverage in hand – and Fergus Murphy again in the chair.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Carlsbad joint-event plan looks dead

There are tournaments looking to make changes for 2020. But Tennis.Life is told that the requests are being deferred, as the ATP Board wants to formulate a long-term strategy. So a plan that would return tennis to the San Diego area appears dead for now. La Costa was the proposed site for a joint event before Indian Wells that relocated the Sao Paulo ATP event, and left Acapulco as ATP-only by relocating the WTA component. ATP Tournament council members, we’re told, did not support the Sao Paulo move. The WTA event ran there from 1984-2013. It was sold to Japan.

2 Off Court Sources: WTA Tour

WTA Finals tix now on sale

Tickets for the WTA Tour Finals went on sale Friday, as the event moves to Shenzhen, China for the first time. Prices during the week range from $25 US (upper grandstand) to $150 (premium seats). It’s $40-$195 for the semis, and $54-$240 for the finals. Until Aug. 31, there are “buy one, get one free” deals. Also, “buy two, get one free” for the semis and finals. Here’s the link. They’ve opted not for split sessions, but four-match sessions starting at 4 p.m. They found a woman to pose for the official photo Friday! (Only the five men are named in the press release).

3 Off Court Sources: US Open

US Open Fan Week expands

Starting Monday, the US Open presents the second year of its free “Fan Week” during the qualifying. There’s an extra day; matches begin on Monday. And the Legends matches now will extend over three days (all male, looks like). There also will be a women’s Hall of Fame doubles match featuring Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. Arthur Ashe Stadium will be accessible for the first time, and there will be a slate of musical acts. A new Althea Gibson sculpture will be unveiled in front of Ashe. And there’s a Pride event on Aug. 22.

4 Off Court Sources: Instagram

Kerkhove ====> Pattinama-Kerkhove

The weddings of more famous players might get more play during the post-Wimbledon break. But Lesley Kerkhove of the Netherlands had a beautiful one July 21, as she wed Dutch footballer Edinho Pattinama. Nice video here. Pattinama, 30, plays for SV Deltasport Vlaardingen, where his father Ton is the manager and twin brother Jordao also plays. Kerkhove, 27, is a former top-15 junior. She’s been in the top 150 in singles and the top 60 in doubles. She got right back to work the next week, winning a $25K in Great Britain and reaching the final of another one the following week.

5 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Where is Milagros Sequera now?

It was B.T. (Before Twitter). So most missed the drama. Might mite Milagros (Milly) Sequera reached her first – and only – WTA final in Quebec City in 2003, facing 16-year-old Maria Sharapova. But she rolled her ankle. Tears streaming down her face, she was wheeled out of the arena to huge applause. Sequera reached No. 48 in singles and No. 29 in doubles – one of the best female players to represent Venezuela. Now 38, she married Stephen Huss, earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech and a Masters from San Diego State this year. She’s currently the manager of adult tournaments for the USTA.