Daily Bagel: Tennis Night in America
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• Andy Roddick did his best Rafael Nadal impression during Monday night's exhibition at Madison Square Garden, and low and behold he won the point. Said Roddick after the point "So that's all I had to do?" Pretty much, Andy. Pretty much.
• The SI.com Tennis team was on-hand last night for the BNP Paribas Showdown at Madison Square Garden. It sounded like a fun, light-hearted event with some substantial takeaways. Read their take here.
• Could Tennis Night in America actually become a thing? Organizers are trying, and if they need any encouragement I have to say the 18,000 fans watching last night's exhibition looked like they were absolutely loving it. "Tennis Night in America has already provided a winter toehold for the promoters' hopes to turn the event into a kind of festival for the entire tennis industry. It could happen, even though this is just a one-night exhibition. Scott O'Neil, president of MSG Sports, said: 'Think of this event as something like the NHL or NBA All-Star Game. You can build a lot of great things around a single event like that.'"
• WTA Backspin takes a look at Caroline Wozniacki. And while the topic may be well-worn at this point, I can't help but chuckle at the author's never-ending list of nicknames: The Increasingly-More-Irrelevant Dane, the Blonde Right-Hander, Denmark's Own, the Slam-less One, Yale's Tennis-Playing Mascot, The Apple of Piotr's Eye. And that's just in the first five paragraphs.
• In winning Dubai, Agnieszka Radwanska won $38,000 more in prize money than Roger Federer. Then again, Federer probably got an appearance fee that could dwarf Radwanska's winnings for the year. So let's call it even.
• According to a translation of this article, it seems Rafael Nadal will carry the flag for Spain in the opening ceremonies of the London Olympic games.
• Novak Djokovic shirtless and busting rackets on the cover of GQ Italia.
• Non-tennis: Brazil is frantically trying to prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now gosh darn it if these squatters would just cooperate and give up their decades-old homes. 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.