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Daily Bagel: John McEnroe hails Ivan Lendl’s ‘awesome’ meltdown

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• Photo: Roger Federer visited Disney World on Monday. Naturally, he tweeted about it.

• In case you missed this from last week: Ivan Lendl argued for 10 minutes about a line call during a PowerShares match against John McEnroe in Charlotte, N.C. McEnroe, who went on to win, enjoyed his opponent’s tantrum, as the PowerShares website detailed:

As Lendl sat on the back of the court arguing with the linesperson, McEnroe paraded around on and off the court, posing for selfie photographs with fans seated in the front row and riling up the crowd.

In his post-match on-court interview with Jimmy Arias from the Tennis Channel, McEnroe was asked how the shoe felt on the other foot, the difficulty of playing against an opponent who complains so long over a line call. “I loved it,” McEnroe shouted with happy enthusiasm in response. “Now I know what it is like. It was outstanding. I got to have some fun, talk to some people. Take some pictures. It was awesome. He melted down and I pulled it out.”

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Pete Sampras’ $6M home

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    • Video: Best shots from the men’s side of the BNP Paribas Open.

    • Pete Sampras bought a $6 million home in Bel Air, complete with a tennis court, infinity pool and celebrity lineage, as Forbes reports.

    Pete and [wife] Bridgette’s new home has a long and storied show business history, having been owned by Merv Griffin before being purchased by [actor Albert] Brooks for $3,650,000 in 1992. Albert Brooks sold the home in 2012 for $6,275,000, after listing it for nearly $7 million. The new owners didn’t hold on to it for very long, and sold it to the Sampras family at a loss.

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  • Published On Mar 17, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Roger Federer expecting twins again?

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    • Video: Roger Federer lobs Kevin Anderson en route to an easy win on Thursday night. Tremendous disguise. It looks like he’s going topspin drive all the way.

    • Is Federer expecting another set of twins?

    Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten, citing sources close to the family, said the couple was due to give birth to the double bundle of joy in July.

    Responding to the report during a press conference at this week’s Indian Wells tournament in California, Federer said: “If it was [true], I wouldn’t tell you guys. It’s a secret.”

    The Federers are already proud parents of identical twin girls Myla and Charlene, born in 2009.

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  • Published On Mar 14, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Novak Djokovic goes back to roots to rediscover mojo

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    • Video: Presenting, The Gulbis Dance, the newest move coming to a dance club near you.

    • USA Today’s Douglas Robson on how Novak Djokovic went back to his roots in Serbia to rediscover his mojo, which has been lacking this season.

    After losing 10-8 in the fifth set in the quarterfinals to eventual Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka last month in Melbourne, Djokovic recognized he needed not only to regroup but also to reconnect with his roots.

    So he collected his fianceé, Jelena Ristic, his parents, and a few close friends for an impromptu skiing trip to Mount Kopaonik, where his parents met and once ran a pizza restaurant and where he first struck tennis balls.

    He had not returned in several years. “I feel like going back there gives me that sense of identity in a way,” he told USA TODAY Sports in an interview last week. “This is a very special place in different ways for our family.”

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Petra Kvitova learns to roll sushi at Nobu in Indian Wells

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    • Video: Petra Kvitova gets a lesson on how to roll sushi from the chefs at Nobu located in Stadium 2 at Indian Wells.

    • Steve Tignor provides some insight on defending champion Maria Sharapova’s loss to Camila Giorgi at the BNP Paribas Open.

    Sharapova’s coach, Sven Groeneveld, seemed to understand the issue when he came out to talk to her on a couple of changeovers. “Lower your center of gravity,” he told her over and over. It worked for a while in the second set, but there was no advice anyone could give that would have helped Maria today. She finished with 16 winners and 58 unforced errors, a stat-line that normally wouldn’t get you anywhere close to a victory.

    Yet she nearly pulled it out. That’s because [Camila] Giorgi, Mini-Me to the end, was almost as bad in the stat department. She hit 24 winners and committed 48 errors. Groeneveld told Sharapova, “remember who you’re playing” — in other words, remember that Giorgi will miss. It almost worked.

    “I didn’t play a good match at all,” Sharapova said, “and I started very poorly. Never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm. Some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time. Sometimes they go off a bit.”

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  • Published On Mar 11, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Can you guess these baby photos of ATP and WTA stars?

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    • Video: The BNP Paribas Open quizzes the top players on baby photos of each other. Novak Djokovic’s reaction to Jelena Jankovic’s picture is priceless.

    • On a related note, here’s a picture of Rafael Nadal from SI.com’s gallery of athletes’ childhood photos.

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  • Published On Mar 10, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: WTA’s Elite Eight show off their favorite dance moves

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    • Video: The WTA’s Elite Eight show off some dance moves in Indian Wells. Maria Sharapova’s cabbage patch is aggressive.

    • More on Matt Dooley, the Notre Dame tennis player who came out as gay to his teammates.

    ”Saying gay for the first time was extremely tough, almost choking, because you know your life will never be the same. That was the hardest part, to move forward from there,” the 22-year-old senior said Thursday. ”For me at least, every part of my being was like, `No, no you’re not.’ But I talk about growing. You learn to accept what you can’t change, and this is something I can’t change.”

    Dooley says he has received ”overwhelmingly positive” feedback since disclosing publicly on Monday in an article posted on Outsports.com that he was gay. He had told his coaches in August and his teammates on Sept. 16, the two-year anniversary of trying to commit suicide by overdosing on pills because he was struggling with who he was.

    ”That day I wanted nothing more than to escape the anguish of coming out to my family, my friends, and, in a way, myself,” he wrote in the article. ”Death was better than accepting – or revealing – that I was gay.”

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  • Published On Mar 07, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Sharapova, Li, Radwanska test their aim with water balloons

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    • Video: The WTA’s top players were asked to throw water balloons at a target. Li Na hit the wrong target.

    • Doug Robson catches up with Sloane Stephens.

    After her breakthrough Australian Open a year ago, where she upset top-ranked [Serena] Williams on her way to the last four, Stephens failed to win back-to-back matches from mid-February to May. She went 7-9 and lost in the first round in four of eight tournaments.

    But in Paris, Stephens picked it up, reaching the fourth round at the French Open, followed by a quarterfinal showing at Wimbledon and another fourth round at the U.S. Open. She was only one of three players (along with Williams and No. 3 Agniezska Radwanska) to reach at least the last-16 in all four majors of 2013.

    In between, she often floundered, and she has yet to accomplish what some of her peers have already achieved: win a WTA title (Stephens hasn’t even reached a final).

    Stephens insists she doesn’t get up for big events any more than smaller ones, saying it’s “just how it’s been.”

    Besides, she added: “I’m not going to put pressure on myself like I have to do so good in these other tournaments and then I’ll lose first-round of a Grand Slam and be like, ‘Oh my god, what do I do now?’”

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Is Sloane Stephens the Robert Griffin III of tennis?

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    • Video: 94 shots, two minutes, one groan at the end. Tough training from Monica Puig in the Las Vegas heat.

    ESPN The Magazine‘s Howard Bryant on hype and the struggle of living in your own shadow: Is Sloane Stephens the RGIII of tennis?

    For now, her struggles have been massaged into a different narrative — that Stephens is a “big tournament” player who raises her game for grand slams. This idea is a compliment to the enormity of Stephens’ talent, but if she realized early in her career that she had the ability to be a top-20 player for the next 10 years, she is also discovering that her game is nowhere near good enough to make her a transcendent, elite player. Stephens is finding that talent is not enough. And much like with [Redskins quarterback Robert] Griffin, Stephens is watching as other less hyped players such as Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep produce better results.

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  • Published On Mar 05, 2014
  • Daily Bagel: Aga Radwanska gets sweet deal with The Cheesecake Factory

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    • Video: The nominees for the WTA’s February Shot of the Month. Stiff competition, but I gotta go with Angelique Kerber’s scrambling defense (at 0:25).

    • Agnieszka Radwanska is set to announce a sponsorship deal with … The Cheesecake Factory. She will wear the company’s logo on her visor. I hope there are incentive clauses that make her eat a slice on every changeover. Here’s Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal:

    The endorsement grew from social media, which will play a major role in promoting the ties between the Polish star and the American outlet. For years, Radwanska, now the third-ranked player in the world and who reached the 2012 Wimbledon final, has tweeted her enthusiasm for The Cheesecake Factory when touring in the United States.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014


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