Maria Sharapova's withdrawal from the US Open was foretold by a mysterious series of chaotic coaching changes and a lack of playing time this summer.
Serena Williams has been so good for so long that it's easy to take her for granted, but that's a disservice to an all-time great who, at 31, keeps working harder and getting better.
The No. 1 ranking in women's tennis has become devalued as players have come and gone at the top spot. Can Serena restore order?
Taylor Townsend had been told to stop competing until she got in better shape. The USTA had declined to cover her expenses to play in the U.S. Open, but has since said Taylor and her mother would be reimbursed.
There are no style points in tennis. But the sport's individual, theatrical nature encourages players to express themselves on court through fashion.