Friday January 6th, 2012

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

• Above, Cara Black successfully convinces me that I will never be a professional tennis player. Bummer.

• The details of why Mardy Fish and Grigor Dimitrov had an extended verbal exchange during their Hopman Cup match are fuzzy at best. Neither man wanted to talk about it after, but it sounds like Fish was annoyed about something and he didn't hesitate to let Dimitrov know. Fish does not seem to be a happy camper these days, given his performance at Hopman Cup and his overall body language throughout the tournament.

• A number of players made racket switches in the offseason, and it looks like Head is bleeding players left and right -- both Victoria Azarenka and Bernard Tomic have switched away from the company. I guess landing Maria Sharapova doesn't leave much money on the table for anyone else.

• Andy Murray's hiring of Ivan Lendl as his coach is getting its fair share of ink in the UK, with many drawing parallels between their misunderstood personalities. "To his American interlocutors, the world No. 4 can appear every inch the saturnine Scottish sulk, giving gruff press conferences that make it awkward to tell whether he has won or lost," The Telegraph's Oliver Brown wrote. "But the act usually conceals a neat line in drôlerie that could have been borrowed straight from Lendl. So robotic was the Czech in his heyday that this eight-time Slam champion acquired a reputation as a Slavic sourpuss, monosyllabic to the point of making even David Nalbandian look like a bundle of charisma." Snap. Sorry, Nalby.

• Adjusting The Net has a nice recap of the dramatic and highly entertaining Francesca Schiavone/Jelena Jankovic match from Auckland.

• Tomas Muster: Wine maker. • Non-tennis: This 15-year-old Korean girl absolutely nails Adele. Don't let her awesome sweater fool you. How do we know she nailed it? Check out the reaction shots from her competitors.

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