Monday January 23rd, 2012

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

• A good piece here by Kate Fagan on the irony of Margaret Court's comments. "Court competed alongside many of these pioneers, women such as King and Navratilova, two openly gay women whose sweat and determination created privileges, such as equal prize money, for a population long seen as inferior," Fagan writes. "Listening to Court is like watching someone climb onto a soap box and start damning the wood beneath their feet."

• Jon Wertheim gives his mid-term grades. The fact that the top seeds are "locked and loaded" means we're in for a great second week.

• Was Marcos Baghdatis' racket rage the result of him losing a sponsor?

• The Tennis Space compiles a list of tennis' worst offenders based on fines incurred in the Slams for the past six years. I can't be the only one who's surprised there are two Americans on the list, neither of whom is Andy Roddick. Time to rethink that bad boy reputation?

• Ivan Lendl visited the set of ESPN for a chat and it's well worth a watch, if for nothing other than his trash-talking with Brad Gilbert. Lendl owns a 16-0 head-to-head over the ESPN analyst, prompting Gilbert to challenge Lendl to rematch. • Non-tennis: The incomparable Etta James passed away on Friday. Cue up "At Last", read her New York Times obituary, and salute the passing of a legend.

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