Daily Bagel: John Isner a contender at London Games?
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• Hard to believe that in her 11 years on tour, Maria Sharapova has never played Stuttgart. She talks about what it's like to be at an unfamiliar tournament, where they apparently make you take pictures with muslin curtains. Yeah, I don't know either.
• While a lot of the hype and excitement surrounding John Isner is justified, do we really think he's a medal threat at the Olympics? Isner's never made it past the second round at Wimbledon, which is pretty understandable. Unlike clay and hardcourts, the ball just doesn't bounce high enough on grass to consistently land in Isner's strike-zone.
• On the same day that news hit of two American tournaments (the ATP's San Jose event and Memphis' WTA event) relocating to South America, a study revealed that the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati brought in $62.5 million into the local economy.
• It's hard to explain the special place Jelena Jankovic occupies in the world of the tennis fan. She is befuddling, a little bit ridiculous, and loves the glow of the spotlight. And we love her for it. WTA Backspin takes a look at her Fed Cup leadership which has -- somewhat improbably -- brought the Serbs into the finals. It captures perfectly why she's a cult hero.
You see, when the a-little-bit-crazy-but-we-love-her-for-it Serb is in "high gear," banging off the walls and leaving a trail of tears (from laughing so hard) behind her it's akin to flowing rivers turning into applesauce and trees suddenly transforming into pretzel sticks. And if that makes absolutely no sense -- and why would it? -- then that's all right. When JJ is in top form, nothing ever really does.
But now she's in the Fed Cup Final, with one more (and maybe her final?) shot at a career-defining moment that would complete the cycle of her career-long, oddball quest to become an honest-to-goodness tennis folk hero. Sure, the Serbs won't be favored on the road against the Czechs. But what good are odds when immortality is at stake?
• Here are the social media guidelines for competitors and credentialed media at the London Olympics. It's a weird read. The guidelines state that athletes must tweet or blog in a "first-person, diary-type format and should not be in the role of a journalist - i.e. they must not report on competition or comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons." That's going to make for some very boring tweets.
• Non-tennis: These are absolutely the best engagement/wedding photos ever. 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.