Thursday December 22nd, 2011

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

• A classic video from 2007, with some scruffy ATP players attempting to sing Jingle Bells, though if you're the world No. 1, I guess you can opt out. Boy, that's some hair on you, Andy Murray.

• Is it just me, or is this diatribe against the prematch hitting session a bit much considering we're talking about something that lasts some five minutes? To quote Andy Roddick, responding to similar anti-warm-up comments from John McEnroe at Wimbledon, "I think it’s easy to not have the warm-up when you’re the one not doing it anymore." Roddick added: "I’ve been sitting around for four and a half hours, and he wants me to go serve 145 [mph]. That’s irresponsible is what it is.”

• The ATP's search to replace Adam Helfant is finally over. Brad Drewett is the Tour's new leader.

• Steve Tignor, continuing his review of the best matches of 2011, takes a look at the Rome semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray: "This is a Murray conundrum: He needs his backhand to work like a forehand, and vice-versa. In other words, because his forehand is essentially a rally shot rather than a kill shot, the way it is for Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, he needs his backhand to do more of the offensive work."

• Jon Wertheim gives his awards for the 2011 season.

• My Russian isn't perfect, so this is either Marat Safin's official Duma photo or he's decided to re-enroll in an East Coast boarding school.

Nice interview with USTA national coach Mike Sell, who used to coach Monica Seles and has also worked with Serena Williams and Donald Young.

• Here's Roger Federer's mother, Lynette, in a French interview (via Google Translate): "When he was little, people were telling us how talented he was. But he was also good at football to table tennis to squash." This confirms what I thought: Roger could have been a table tennis legend. But I guess plain old regular tennis works, too.

• Petra Kvitova has been named Czech athlete of the year. • Non-tennis: Check out The Big Picture's year in photos, Part I and Part II.

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