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Daily Bagel: Actor Kevin Spacey a self-proclaimed Andy Murray ‘groupie’

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• Video: Gael Monfils smacks a forehand winner.

• In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Spacey describes himself as an Andy Murray “groupie.”

We pull up to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden a little after 11 a.m., and Spacey sorts through a collection of VIP badges. He has been told that a seat in Murray’s box, where he has sat before, isn’t available because Murray’s coach, girlfriend and hitting partners are in it; but he’s offered the next best thing, Box 117, close enough to make eye contact, if ever Murray were to break focus. “I’ve often thought about whispering to him, ‘Keyser Soze is behind you,’ ” jokes Spacey, referring to the villain character in the 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects who won him his first Oscar. At least I think he’s joking. The delivery is so deadpan, it’s hard to be sure.

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  • Published On Apr 07, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: The best (worst?) insults from tennis players

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    • Video: Roger Federer with a perfect backhand flick lob and anticipation at the net in his straight set win over Mikhail Kukushkin today at Davis Cup.

    • The Tennis Space has collected some of the best (worst?) insults levied by tennis players.

    Andre Agassi on Pete Sampras:

    “Pete sounds more robotic than a parrot. I envy Pete’s dullness. I wish I could emulate his spectacular lack of inspiration, and his peculiar lack of need for inspiration.”

    What Anna Kournikova said to Martina Hingis after losing 6-0 6-0 to her at the junior US Open:
    “You won, but I’m prettier and more marketable than you.”

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Does Sloane Stephens really care if she loses?

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    • Video: Fabio Fognini is an Italian cliché.

    • Will Ferrell will play Bobby Riggs in a new movie about the 1973 Battle of the Sexes. Should Kristen Wiig play Billie Jean King?

    • Quite a few people are weighing in on the state of Sloane Stephens. Lindsay Gibbs of The Changeover suggests that she doesn’t seem bothered when she loses.

    I think she wants to win in the way I want to finish writing this article in the next 10 minutes. It’s my goal, but likely someone is going to stop and talk to me, or I’ll see an interesting article pop up on twitter, or I’ll need to eat a second dinner, and it just won’t happen. And truthfully I won’t really be that bothered, the same way Sloane didn’t seem that bothered today.

    Sloane says she wants to win – we all do – but she sure doesn’t seem to care if she loses. That’s an important distinction.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: What does Becker really bring to Djokovic’s coaching team?

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    • Video: A collection of ATP Hot Shots from the Sony Open.

    • Not an April Fools’ joke: Andy Murray’s new hotel opened Tuesday.

    • Peter Bodo weighs in on the 187-pound gorilla in the room: Boris Becker.

    The more recent emergence of the “celebrity coach” – the group that includes, or included, [Ivan] Lendl (with Andy Murray), Stefan Edberg (with Roger Federer), and Boris Becker (with [Novak] Djokovic) – further complicates things, as Djokovic’s situation attests. Becker, one of the great stars of the 1980s and 90s, is the 800-pound gorilla in the room whenever the chatter in a Djokovic press conference turns to coaching.

    The 187-pound German in the conversation missed the entire March Masters swing in the U.S. because of surgery to replace both hips, during which [Marian] Vajda again helped Djokovic turn his game around. But Becker casts a long shadow, as you might expect from a player with such an outsized personality. Officially, Becker is “co-coach,” as Djokovic continues to insist, but wise heads wonder what he really brings to the table – other than a massive jolt of publicity, not all of it good, that the Serb probably doesn’t need.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: What can we learn about WTA stars from their hula hooping?

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    • Video: What do we learn about the WTA stars in this hula-hooping exhibition? Serena Williams knows how to get down, Li Na has clearly won hula-hooping contests before and Simona Halep should probably stick to tennis.

    • It will be “a lot of months” until Juan Martin del Potro returns from his recent wrist surgery.

    “The toughest thing was to decide to have the surgery, but it was the best decision,” said del Potro, who was sidelined for the majority of 2010 after surgery on his right wrist, also performed by Dr. Berger at the Mayo Clinic. “The doctor had the chance to take a better look at the injury and he saw the ligaments were broken, so it was the best thing to do.

    “It will take me a lot of months to recover,” continued del Potro, who was named ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2011 after recovering from the right wrist surgery. “In 15 days I have to be checked by the doctor again to see how everything is going and only then will we have a better idea of how long it will take to be back. All the support I have makes me want to come back as soon as possible.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: ESPN made a poor decision by not airing Federer-Nishikori live

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    • Video: Kei Nishikori almost KO’d Roger Federer with an overhead smash.

    • Steve Tignor on why ESPN’s decision to tape-delay Wednesday night’s match between Federer and Nishikori was short-sighted.

    Yet ESPN, of all places, should know that if you don’t show it, and you don’t hype it, no one will come. This year, for the first time, the network has the rights to the finals in Miami. Next year, for the first time, it will have the rights to the finals of the U.S. Open. Presumably, ESPN wants people to watch those matches, or at least have an idea of what they might be seeing. You wouldn’t have known it last night. The network had the best free promotional material that anyone could have for tennis – a dramatic upset of Roger Federer, being played in prime time on the East Coast – yet it couldn’t find a place for the match on TV at all.

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Roger Federer insists he practiced the hardest this offseason

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    • Video: Fabio Fognini: The Silent Movie. A must-watch.

    • Speaking to The Daily Mail, Roger Federer says he worked harder than anyone in the top eight during the off-season.

    “December was crucial. I don’t want to say this in a cocky way but I believe I worked the hardest from the top eight in the off-season. Many guys went off to play exhibitions, or were in the Davis Cup. I had time, I put my head down and worked and I did it without any setbacks.

    “I played three straight weeks without any problems, ending at the O2 Arena. I thought if I could handle that and then all the December work and emerge in good shape with no problems that would be a great platform.”

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  • Published On Mar 26, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Can Andy Murray keep calm and carry on?

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    • Video: Andy Murray is the butt of a few jokes for charity.

    • Greg Rusedski says Murray’s Wimbledon defense has been crippled by the split with Ivan Lendl. How about everyone take a deep breath and calm down a little bit?

    When coaches and players break up, it is usually for one of three reasons. The first is finance – which should not be a problem in this case. The second is because the player has outgrown the relationship. Again, that does not apply here.

    The third reason is because the two parties differ on what the player can achieve and how he can get there. Maybe Ivan felt he had contributed everything he had to their partnership.

    After Andy underwent back surgery in September and missed a couple of months, there was no real prospect of him climbing to No 1 in the world in the near future. I am just surprised that they didn’t want to go back to Wimbledon in the summer and try to defend that title together.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Bernard Tomic blasted by Australian media for 28-minute loss

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    • Video: Marcos Baghdatis redefines “the lucky break”.

    • They don’t pull punches down in Australia: Bernard Tomic gets blasted by Anthony Sharwood of NewsCorp Australia for losing the shortest match in the ATP’s recorded history. Be sure to read the photo captions.

    As his summer efforts on the Gold Coast proved, he is one of our best and most consistent performers on the gruelling lap dancing circuit.

    He is also, we now know, a fine sprinter. This talented all-rounder revealed Usain Bolt-like speed today in racing through a tennis match that lasted a mere 28 minutes.

    Tomic was returning from a month off with injury so there will be excuses. Just like there were last time and the time before that and (copy, paste) the time before that and (copy, paste) the time before that.

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  • Published On Mar 21, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Nieminen beats Tomic in 28 minutes, the shortest ATP match ever

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    • Video: Bernard Tomic‘s final shot in his 6-0, 6-1 loss to Jarkko Nieminen. The match clocked in at 28 minutes and 20 seconds, officially the shortest ATP match ever.

    • Doug Robson discusses the pressure Stanislas Wawrinka is under since his quick rise after the Australian Open.

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  • Published On Mar 20, 2014


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