Daily Bagel: Bouchard gets called out, Serena's rollercoaster season
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• The tournament director for this week's Hong Kong Open has blasted Eugenie Bouchard for her withdrawal after taking a wildcard. Welcome to tennis, sir. This is par for the course for any top player.
"When we negotiated the deal with Bouchard, she was ranked 20-something. Her manager asked us, 'If she cracks top 10 by the time she comes to Hong Kong, can she get an extra bonus?' and we said yes. For someone to have accepted an incentive bonus, one would expect that she would have known that she would be playing a lot before coming to Hong Kong.
"To say she is tired and cannot turn up because she is fatigued is poor form. Bouchard and her manager asked for a top-10 bonus and after reaching the top 10 she did not honor her commitment," Chow added.
• Here's a roundup of what everyone had to say after Serena Williams' run to her 18th major title:
- Steve Tignor for Tennis.com: The Perfectionist's Storm.
- WTA Backspin: To the Exceptional Go the Spoils.
- Doug Robson for USA Today: Recapping Serena's rollercoaster Slam season.
- Louisa Thomas for Grantland: Legal and Legendary.
- Jason Gay for The Wall Street Journal: Serena Williams and the GOAT debate.
• Danish reporter Anders Haar Rasmussen wrote a book about Caroline Wozniacki and he's translated a chapter here. Worth a read.
• There is a disturbance in The Force: Christopher Clarey on the shifting tides in men's tennis.
• Carl Bialik for FiveThirtyEight argues against the apparent regime change in men's tennis.
• The Daily Mail says Redfoo misses Victoria Asarenka and their relationship.
• Video: Japan is going nuts for Kei Nishikori. Unfortunately, the only channel with the rights to the U.S. Open is a subscription service. But the viewing parties look fun:
• Nishikori's U.S. Open run is already impacting the Japanese market.
• Reflections on CBS's coverage of the U.S. Open. It shifts to ESPN next year.