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Daily Bagel: Laura Robson, Lisa Raymond to play Wimbledon together

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

• Video: ATP Uncovered takes a look back at the first quarter of the season.

• Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson, who made the Miami final in their first tournament together, confirm that they’ll pair up for Wimbledon. They’ll also reunite in Madrid and Rome.

• Speaking of Lisa Raymond, Slate’s Emily Bazelon, who was once on the receiving end of a Raymond beatdown on the court, catches up with her old nemesis.

• Novak Djokovic tells his Facebook fans that he’s staying positive after his ankle diagnosis proved not to be serious.

After seeing the results of all the tests we did, i am really positive and strong. I’m doing the best i can with my team to recover fast and be ready for the upcoming tournaments. I am grateful to have so many of you worrying for me and sending me words of support. Thank you! This is me on the therapy this morning.

• Bruce Jenkins’ piece calling for an end to the WTA’s on-court coaching policy is a must-read.

Mary Carillo had a wonderful take on this subject in an interview with Inside Tennis.

“I find that to be so sexist,” she said. “Men don’t have it, but the women are allowed to say, ‘Daddy, she’s breaking my serve’? Are you kidding me? This is the biggest women’s sport in the world. We’ve had decades of mental toughness. It was always, ‘Give me the ball, I’m going to figure a way to walk off winning this. I refuse to lose.’ That’s the whole, beautiful point of it. Here’s a sport with a chance to show young girls what a strong and independent woman can do, yet you get this — basically saying, ‘I can’t figure this out by myself, I’m just a woman.’ That galls me.”

• Here’s the draw for the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs in September. Andy Murray has verbally committed to play for Great Britain, which means he’ll lead the team against Croatia, while a Roger Federer-less Swiss team (as of now) will play host to Ecuador to avoid relegation.

• According to L’Equipe, Marion Bartoli is coachless once again. She is no longer working with Jana Novotna. A short-lived partnership with Gerald Bremond has ended.

• This post from Tennis Identity on what clothing manufacturers get wrong with women’s tennis fashions is dead on, especially when it comes to coverage issues.

• Petra Kvitova visited a children’s hospital in Katowice, Poland.

• Serena Williams has a lucky pair of shower sandals. I did not know this.

• Non-tennis: Deadspin has your 2013 NCAA tournament lowlight reel.

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  • Published On Apr 10, 2013
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