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• Video: Check out this great point from Tim Smyczek to break Steve Johnson in the Knoxville Challenger.
• Andy Murray made AskMen.com’s list of the 49 most influential men of 2013.
• Murray says his mom, Judy, is distracting during matches because he can read the tension all over her face.
He said: ‘I watched the last game of Wimbledon a couple days after Wimbledon and my mum’s reactions after the points aren’t particularly helpful.
‘In that game, I’d lose a match point and she would sort of stand up rigid, sort of saying, “It’s ok, it’s ok” but I’m looking at her thinking, “I can tell in your face, you’re thinking it’s not ok”.
‘I don’t think it’s easy watching your kids playing in matches like that and you actually feel bad when you see how much stress they’re going through.’
• The tour will upgrade Queens and Halle to ATP 500-level tournaments in 2015 and increase the prize money available across all 500s by $13 million over the next five years.
• Carl Bialik of The Wall Street Journal breaks down the the recent bunch of matches between the ATP’s top players. He’s right. It’s been an embarrassment of riches this fall season.
• Steve Tignor backs the idea of moving the ATP World Tour Finals to different cities.
[T]ennis is about events, and having this one in London for so long has allowed it to become another recognizable stop on the calendar, with its own winter-season associations. In the end, though, that success only makes me sympathize and agree with [Novak] Djokovic’s desire to get the WTF on the move again. His words—“it would be even better if we could get more creative with this tournament”—are too tempting to ignore.
The bar has been set high in London, and it would be easy, and profitable, to stay at the O2. Taking the WTF anywhere else would be a risk, and would be second-guessed if fans and sponsors in another city don’t respond. The pressure to produce something spectacular would be high. But if the ATP can do so well the U.K., I’d love to see what it could pull off in Rio or Berlin or Buenos Aires or Capetown or even at the Barclay’s Center in my hometown of Brooklyn. It’s a big world, and tennis is watched all around it.
• Let’s Talk Tennis has a nice collection of some of the best quotes of the year.
• WTA Backspin reviews the women’s season.
• Non-tennis: Fantastic piece from Grantland’s Brian Phillips on the NFL’s bullying problem (contains NSFW language).