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Daily Bagel: Bidding farewell as Ivan Ljubicic gets set to retire

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By C.W. Sesno, SI.com


The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• Watch the above video and vote for your favorite point from the ATP World Tour Finals at the 02 Arena here.

• Ivan Ljubicic is set to retire after Monte Carlo. What many don’t know about the 33-year-old Croat is the work he’s done behind the scenes, setting the tone for increased involvement from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the game’s governance. New York Times‘ Christopher Clarey has a great piece on Ljubicic, from his troubled upbringing and time as a refugee to a former top five player.

With his shaved head and imposing frame, Ljubicic could pass for a bouncer, but he is much more an activist than a pugilist at heart.

He was on the player council before it was a celebrity magnet, and for an extraordinary period from July 2008 to February 2009 he even served on the tour’s Board of Directors, a post no active player had held in nearly 20 years. …

“Officially, my professional tennis career started in 1998, but I feel it started back in 1993,” he said. “That’s when I left home, when my parents made it clear to me that tennis is what you do, that tennis is going to be your life because that’s basically your only chance. It was all an incredible journey from zero to what I am at the moment, and when I say zero, it’s really zero. I’m really proud of what I did and how I did it.”

• Here’s a quick Q&A with world No. 16 Juan Monaco, who recently beat Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick to reach the semifinals in Miami.

“I’m feeling great right now. I’m ranked No. 16 and not defending many points until the U.S. Open. I’ve got a good chance to really improve my ranking. My goal is to reach the top 10. It’s a big jump, but not that far. I will take it step by step, little by little, and we will see if it happens. It would be the goal of my career to be top 10.”

• The Rogers Cup gets on the “going green” bandwagon.

• The ATP 500 event in Hamburg could be in jeopardy, as reports surfaced about plans to tear down the host stadium.

• Nadia Petrova denies applying for U.S. citizenship, despite multiple reports. She says she’s actually seeking her green card.

• Steve Tignor takes a look at six minutes of tape from the Match of the Century between Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills.

• Non-tennis: Here’s a cool gallery of “Soldier Dogs” from The Washington Post. The photos are very well done, but read the captions by author Maria Goodavage. She knows her stuff.

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  • Published On Apr 13, 2012
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