Daily Bagel: Why all the rules?
The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• A great rally in the above video between Roger Federer and Feliciano Lopez in Dubai. Is it ironic that "Deliciano" (as fans call him) missed the easiest shot of that rally?
• Bill Simons at Inside Tennis asks if tennis' code of conduct has ruined its theatrical entertainment value. “'Warning, Mr. Know-It-All,' was the new mantra," Simons writes. “'Point penalty, Mr. Wise Guy,' became a new reality. The inmates rebelled. Yannick Noah claimed the code was 'the worst thing that’s ever happened to the game.' Marat Safin asserted, 'All the people who run the sport have no clue. It’s a pity that tennis is going down the drain. …You try to make it fun. They do everything possible to take away the entertainment. You’re not allowed to do this, you’re not allowed to do that. You’re not allowed to speak. … It’s just ridiculous.'"
• The Bryan brothers lost in the quarterfinals of Delray Beach, but they still have their eyes set on the Olympics. Mike turns 34 next month, while Bob is two minutes younger, and they said it's unlikely they'll make it to the 2016 Games in Brazil. "We can't plan on playing Rio," Bob said. "That's a long way off," Mike said. "We'll be 38. Bob will probably have three kids by then."
• This is so cool. Check out 2,000 suspended tennis balls made to look like they're bouncing through the Mustang Art Gallery in Alacante, Spain.
• Good piece here on Larry Ellison's involvement with the Indian Wells tournament. Four words: Hawk-Eye. On. All. Courts. Step it up, every other tournament in the world including Grand Slams.
• Elena Dementieva on the cover of a Russian magazine that I cannot pronounce. She looks great.
• Some thoughts here on Dubai's transformation into a preeminent host for major sporting events.
• Non-tennis: Can't help but recommend last week's Slate Hang Up and Listen podcast, touching on Ryan Braun, NASCAR and the NBA dunk contest. Well worth your time. See or read something that you enjoyed and want to share? Feel free to email or tweet us links to pieces from around the Internet that may have slipped past our radar.