Friday December 23rd, 2011

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

• Above, one of the classic ATP/WTA videos that is near and dear to many tennis fan. Once again, ATP and WTA players are asked to sing one of the most complicated Christmas songs in the English language. Hilarity ensues.

• The ATP CEO search ended yesterday with the appointment of Brad Drewitt as the next chief. Peter Bodo talks to John McEnroe Sr., about the selection, and how the players can better negotiate for themselves going forward.

• SI.com's Jon Wertheim also weighs in on the hiring, noting how long it took to fill the role. "Leading the global sport of tennis? With fairly sound financials? A dazzling on-court product? A raft of honorable top players? This should be one of the real plum positions in sports. That it took half a year to fill? That speaks -- unflatteringly -- to a lot of issues, not least the inherently flawed structure."

• Congratulations to Mirjana Lucic, who got married last month. You can see some pictures from the big day here.

• The hype is growing around Ashleigh Barty, the 15-year-old Aussie, who won Junior Wimbledon and earned a main draw wildcard for the Australian Open this month. David Taylor, Samantha Stosur's coach, somehow manages to advise everyone that she has a long way to go, but also say she's better than Martina Hingis at the same age. "She's a complete tennis player, an updated and better version of Hingis," Taylor told the Australian Associated Press. "She already serves better." Alrighty then.

• Craig Tiley, tournament director for the Australian Open, has checked in with Venus Williams and says that despite her withdrawal from Auckland, she's still planning to play the Australian Open. Given her health concerns, I'll have to see it to believe it.

• Tennis Channel's CEO, Ken Solomon, compares Tennis Channel to Seinfeld. I hope he doesn't mean it's a network about nothing. • Non-tennis: Happy Holidays from your team here at Beyond The Baseline. If you have one-tenth of the spirit the young girl in this video has, everything will be OK.

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