Del Potro in good form as U.S. Open looms
Juan Martin del PotroThe Argentine defended his title at the Legg Mason event, taking out Andy Roddick in a third-set tiebreak in the final.
Flavia PennettaThe Italian beat an error-prone Sam Stosur in the final to win the upset-addled L.A. Women's Tennis Championships.
Rafael NadalBack in action for the first time since the French Open, he defends his title in Montreal this week.
Kim ClijstersBack in action for the first time since 2007, she plays in Cincinnati this week.
John IsnerGood week all around for tall guys. Playing well in D.C. once again, Isner reached the semis in a run that included a big-time victory against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Federer twinsWe're going to try to minimize the attention here. Something icky about making celebrities out of people incapable of sleeping for more than 90 minutes at a time. But big props to Roger Federer for tastefully posting photoson Facebook and not selling to the highest paparazzi bidder.
UnstrungExceptional tennis documentary available on DVD. Jim Courier was an executive producer.
Double WinnersMartin Damm and Robert Lindstedt in D.C.; Chia-Jung Chuang and Zi Yan (left) in L.A.
Stan WawrinkaFederer isn't the only Swiss player to announce pending fatherhood this year. But can someone offer services as a translator?
David Nash and Diane FishburneThe fearless leaders of U.S. teams at the 2009 Avory Cup in London. Who knew so many Americans, ages 35-70, could play so capably on grass?
ITA Summer ChampionshipsThey begin this week at the Indiana University Varsity Tennis Center (where yours truly learned to play as a kid).
Dinara SafinaIf you're looking to assert yourself as No. 1 -- and mute the tiring, tiresome talk about your ranking -- you have to do better than early-round losses to the likes of Zheng Jie. On the plus side, Safina qualifies for the year-end championships already.
Maria SharapovaShe was a semifinal loser in L.A., but gradually, the rust is coming off.
ITFThe decision to appeal the Richard Gasquet exoneration carries the whiff of petty vindictiveness. Say, Donald Fehr: Any plans to volunteer as a consultant in your retirement?
Jelena DokicU.S. Open status imperiled by mono, we hear.