Daily Bagel: Djokovic's holistic approach to training
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• From Reem Abulleil for Sport 360: Novak Djokovic’s coach Boris Becker, agent Edoardo Artaldo and fitness trainer Gebhard Gritsch reveal how the World No. 1 trains to stay on top. Djokovic and his team share information about his holistic approach to training, his outdoor workouts, how he landed his sponsors and more.
• From The New York Times: Rising American star Taylor Fritz is learning that it’s a long way to the top in his first year as an ATP pro.
“It was really tough going from the slow indoors to the fast outdoors when I really didn’t have any practice at all,” Fritz said. “It showed on the court. I got out there and really was struggling to hit the ball how I wanted to, and it’s my fault for not being ready enough. I didn’t see what more I could do, and it was unfortunate that I played so bad.”
• From Stephanie Myles for The Guardian: A good look at the rash of WTA injuries and withdrawals early in season, featuring some great insight from Jelena Jankovic.
“We don’t want to miss out too much. We don’t want to lose our rankings. We want to compete at our favorite events. We just want to come back, and sometimes it’s really too soon,” said Jankovic. “Sometimes it can be bad training, wrong training. Sometimes it can be too much playing, not knowing when to stop. If you’re successful, and going deep into tournaments, it takes a toll on your body.”
• After Serena Williams (illness) Agnieszka Radwanska (left leg), Lucie Safarova (bacterial infection), Angelique Kerber (right upper thigh injury), Timea Bacsinszky (GI Illness) and Caroline Wozniacki (left knee) all pulled out of last week's WTA Premier-level tournament in Dubai, the tournament's director Salah Tahlak said he was unhappy with all of the withdrawals, calling it a "serious issue" for the WTA.
• On Monday, Serena Williams hit 157 consecutive weeks at No. 1, passing Martina Navratilova for the second-longest streak at No. 1 in WTA history. Her streak began in 2013 in the quarterfinals of the Qatar Total Open in Doha and stretches to present day. Serena is one major title from tying Steffi Graf’s record of 22 career Grand Slam titles and 29 weeks away from tying Graf’s record of 186 consecutive weeks at No. 1, currently the longest streak in WTA history.
• Navratilova is this week’s guest on The Edge of Sports podcast with Dave Zirin. On the podcast, Navratilova talks about her journey away from her family in Czechoslovakia, her life today as political, open LGBT American and more.
• From Bustle: What women’s tennis has looked like through history.
• ICYMI: Victoria Azarenka’s latest piece for SI Tennis is up and she writes about her experience at Super Bowl 50 and shares some personal insights into her emotional growth over the years.