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Daily Bagel: Maria Sharapova wishes Grigor Dimitrov a happy birthday

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

• Photo: Maria Sharapova wishes boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov a happy 22nd birthday after beating Sloane Stephens in Rome on Thursday night. Sharapova has withdrawn from the tournament with a viral illness.

• Awful Announcing summarizes ESPN’s reported 11-year, $770 million deal for exclusive rights to the U.S. Open beginning in 2015. When CBS ends its run with the U.S. Open in 2014, the only Grand Slam tournament on broadcast television will be the French Open on NBC.

In a conference call with tennis and media reporters, officials from the United States Tennis Association were asked if they felt moving to ESPN and a potentially smaller audience would hurt the Open. However, the USTA and ESPN President John Skipper noted how the audiences for cable are matching and in some cases surpassing the broadcast networks. And while it wasn’t stated, ESPN is hoping that obtaining more championship events will prevent cable subscribers from cutting the cord.

• Peter Bodo says the ESPN deal is a win for tennis.

Among other things, ESPN has bundled its U.S. Open commitment with an agreement to also broadcast the U.S. Open Series that leads to the grand finale in New York. All told, ESPN will broadcast about 200 hours over a span of about six weeks (roughly 140 of those hours will be at the U.S. Open).

And perhaps best of all for tennis diehards: ESPN wants to stream every single competitive main-draw singles match of the tournament, from the minute the first ball of the 2015 U.S. Open is hit.

This is a watershed event for tennis—and probably for sports broadcasting in general.

• Sara Errani is your new WTA No. 5. Impressive work from the consistent Italian over the last year.

• These comments (by coach and former top-20 player Jason Stoltenberg) about the mental block experienced by the young Australians when they get to clay sound equally applicable to a majority of Americans.

”Of course, the Europeans have more experience on it, because they grew up on it, but our games are good. There’s no reason why our players can’t be successful playing on clay. I think a lot of it is their own limited expectations of themselves and what they’re capable of doing, and for Ash that’s very much the case as well.

”They just don’t trust that they can play on the stuff, whereas years ago we just went over there and played tennis. You’re over there to try to win tennis matches, and you just adapt and adjust.”

The Tennis Space collects some of the most egregious incidents of cheating in tennis.

• Thai veteran Tammy Tanasugarn, 35, says she’s not ready to retire yet.

• Non-tennis: Bring on the weekend!

  • Published On May 17, 2013
  • 8 comments
    mike_gansz
    mike_gansz

    you have a coupleof holes in your argument bethannbillywintour  I. e. what kind of comment is {no it's because she's white} makes you sound like a raciest  2. has she ever played the race card??? 3. she is old enuff to pick whom ever

    she wants to give her affection too remember that she just broke an engagement because he couldn't visit her enuff during the year because of bb. Boy i'll  bet about 3 million hearts went afluttering at that news. there's not a guy out there between 15 and 65 who thinks he could make a better life for her.  Most of them are dead wrong she has 2 porsches , 2 houses modeling coming out her ying yang will probably make upwards of 30 million a year in the coming years and a promising tennis career I would say she has it all and how they gonna make it better....hahaha!!!! she is old enuff to reach out for and grab life by the short hairs... but I imagine she Maria will continue on the path she's on and help the less  fortunate ones around her.  she is  really is an angel you know and I love her for that and will continue to do so as I have done for the last 9yrs.

    BethannbillyWintour
    BethannbillyWintour

    That picture just makes me wanna barf.

    SingleAlley
    SingleAlley

     @BethannbillyWintour

     Why, just because she is pretty, successful, and in love with a cute man?

    BethannbillyWintour
    BethannbillyWintour

     @SingleAlley No, because she's white!  J/K.  It's because I'm looking at a picture of a 26 year old woman acting like a drooling 13 year old.  I cannot respect Dmitrov until A) he wins more and B) buys his own damned cars with his own winnings and C) dumps this "trophy".

    nikoladmd
    nikoladmd

    She never had a normal teenage years - just work and training. Now she can live it all. And Grigor seems an equal opportunity kind of guy, so I don't see anything wrong here.

    joyane
    joyane

     @BethannbillyWintour  @SingleAlley

     I think Maria is desperate for love and settling for a 22 year old, maybe it is easier for her to be with someone that young, but she is still maturing and he isn't that's his meal ticket