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Daily Bagel: Coolest tennis players

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

• Video: Andy Roddick got popped in a sensitive area during a match against Mark Philippoussis in the Powershares Series. And you can watch it from every conceivable angle.

• Tennis Now’s Chris Oddo ranks the top 10 coolest players on court today, in response to Doug Perry’s ranking of the 10 coolest players of all time. Li Na is No. 1 on the list.

The purpose of cool people is to entertain and inspire us, and Li Na never fails on either calling. She is relentlessly funny, and relentlessly rebellious all in one.

• Interesting take from Sandra Harwitt for ESPN.com on Sloane Stephens, Eugenie Bouchard and the price of early success.

As for Stephens, it’s not that her results have been horribly mediocre since her monumental 2013 Australian showing — they’ve been a mixed bag of good and bad. What’s most noticeable is how drastically her demeanor has changed. Once a funny, chatty, friendly young lady, she’s turned almost overnight into someone that lacks confidence on the court and is conflicted off the court. To compensate, she’s developed an overactive attitude for still too little achieved.

• Steve Tignor of Tennis.com on “hype” and why players like Stephens and Bouchard get it and Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina do not.

• An interesting two-part French interview on We Love Tennis with Rafael Nadal’s coach/uncle, Toni Nadal, who talks about the need for change in tennis. Not surprisingly, he thinks the ban on coaching during matches should be abolished and wants the ATP to rotate the World Tour Finals onto clay. He also gives his theories on why Nadal isn’t beloved at Roland Garros. (Part 1, Part 2)

•Ana Ivanovic is trying not to get too wound up when she has a bad day at the office.

• According to this report from Scoop Malinowski, Jack Sock bailed on doubles partner James Cerretani last year at Wimbledon and didn’t tell him.

• Non-tennis: Brian Williams and Lester Holt do Rapper’s Delight on The Tonight Show.

  • Published On Feb 20, 2014
  • 2 comments
    TennisFan14
    TennisFan14

    Honestly, I hope they don't allow coaching.  I love the fact that tennis is a sport where you have to solve your own problems on the court.  However, it doesn't seem like such an unusual request to rotate surfaces for the end of the year tournament.  Certain surfaces favor certain players and it would be more fair to not always be on the same type of surface.   It seems like a reasonable request that clay be one of those surfaces on a rotating basis.  

    Ace2020
    Ace2020

    Uncle Toni is such an unpleasant man who blames the ATP when Nadal loses. Yep, it's their fault he si t good enough indoors. Playing everything on clay is the only fair thing right?