Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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

• From Louisa Thomas at Grantland: The best thing you will read on the Andy Murray/Amelie Mauresmo partnership.

If Murray’s appointment of Mauresmo were only a matter of principle, it wouldn’t work. He is a tennis player and she is his coach. She needed to bring something to him that no one else could. As it happens, Mauresmo can bring a lot. Murray wants a good listener, and Mauresmo is attentive and calm. He wants someone who has been on Centre Court before and who has understood what it is like to be a nation’s avatar, someone who can understand what he goes through. Mauresmo can, to the extent that anyone can.

There is another possibility, one that Murray has never mentioned but one that I hope for all the same. Perhaps Mauresmo can help him rediscover the surprising strangeness of his game. She had some of the gifts that he has, some of the variety and cunning. She also had something that he has lacked lately. “Tennis flows from her,” someone once said.

• From Danielle Rossingh at Bloomberg: Will Murray's hiring lead to more female coaches in tennis

• From Carl Bialik for FiveThirtyEight: Grass exposes tennis' ridiculous scoring system, where points don't really matter.

• John McEnroe wants to fix tennis. Here's how.

• Jon Wertheim on Grigor Dimitrov living up to the hype

• Doug Robson for USA Today on the French Open youngsters who couldn't translate their success at Wimbledon. 

• Laura Robson interviews Maria Sharapova:


• Murray talks about meeting Shaquille O'Neal at Wimbledon.

• Quiz: Tennis player or cheese?

• Non-tennis: Are you ready for some futbol? Tim Lincecum: American Hero.

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