Daily Bagel: Deeper look into Andy Murray and coach Amélie Mauresmo
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• Tom Perrotta for The Wall Street Journal talked to Andy Murray and his female coach, Amélie Mauresmo, this week. Good read.
Mauresmo doubts that her work with Murray will lead to an influx of women coaches in tennis. "I would think that a player, his first thought would be, 'Ah, she can't really help me because she hasn't played the game, or she's not as good a player as I am,'" Mauresmo said.
Murray dismisses that attitude. "There's a lot of coaches out there, male coaches, that Amélie could comfortably beat at tennis," he said. "I'm sure if Amélie played tennis against Toni Nadal it would be a pretty comfortable win for Amélie."
• The New York Times takes a look at the USTA's financials and found a number of conflicts of interest that see contracts and revenues going to its own board members' companies and organizations. There's also a great graphic that illustrates where and how the organization spends its money.
• Beautiful photoshoot and interview with Maria Sharapova for Net-A-Porter.
• Greg Bishop follows up on his story about an Iranian umpire who was denied a visa to work the U.S. Open this year.
• New York Times Magazine on the dire state of American men's tennis.
• In contrast, American women's tennis is in good shape with Serena Williams still on top. We owe a big thank you to Sascha Bajin for that.
• Serena hit the SI offices this week:
• Are you for real, Radek Stepanek?
• The U.S. Open draw has never been kind to young Americans. Sorry, Taylor Townsend.
• Loved this breakdown of the women's draw, which includes a "noise factor" rating.
• Non-tennis: The weirdest David Foster Wallace inspired art.