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Daily Bagel: Sam Stosur trashes Madrid's blue clay

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• Roger Federer has a new commercial for Jura coffee and it's all about precision. But honestly, I'd love to see a feature on the making of the video to see the construction of that coffee court. That must have taken Roger hours.

• Sam Stosur had some surprisingly strong things to say about the blue clay in Madrid. I've never heard her so critical.

“I don’t think the courts in Madrid are that great anyway. If they have changed how the courts play, as well as the color, and the courts play better, that’s great. But if they have changed the color, and the courts still play the same, that’s pointless."

• Ravi Ubha catches up with Ana Ivanovic, the anti-Diva, who longs for a quiet life and sounds pretty sick and tired of people criticizing her coaching changes over the years. But the most interesting comment was her acknowledgment that she wouldn't want her kids to go into tennis. The grind of the tour is tough and it's not something she wishes on anyone else.

"To know your kids sort of would be going through that, and maybe going through that with them, it's not really thrilling," Ivanovic said. "But I will support them in whatever they do."

• The Legg Mason tournament in Washington D.C. has a new title sponsor in Citibank, and they unveiled a host of changes on Tuesday.

The tournament will remain at Washington’s William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. But the venue will be expanded to include a new 2,500-seat show court and five new practice courts, with both projects targeted for completion by the start of this summer’s tournament July 28.

• Inspired by Caroline Wozniacki's "Oxygen" video, here some other tennis players' forays into music. Never has the phrase "don't quit your day job" been more applicable. Yeesh!

• I'm not sure I understand what Fila is trying to do to Vera Zvonareva in these new kits. It's Vertigo meets Jackson Pollack.

• Andrea Petkovic and Julia Goerges have tried to rock a Bryan Brothers' quality chest bump when they play doubles. It doesn't seem to work out very well. Ever.

• Non-tennis: People who don't know how to spell "cologne".

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