Daily Bagel: Novak Djokovic, Sergio Tacchini part ways
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• Be sure to check out the highlights of the women's final in Rome between Maria Sharapova and Li Na. It was nice to see Li play some good tennis on a big stage.
• Big news: Novak Djokovic and Sergio Tacchini are parting ways and he's been rumored to have signed with Uniqlo, a Japanese brand. Adidas never should have let him go in the first place and Tacchini was a tiny player in what turned out to be a very major game (his success almost killed the company because of incentive bonuses).
• The International Hall of Fame won't be investigating the allegations of sexual abuse by Hall of Famer Bob Hewitt.
“Sadly, people are afraid to stand up for right, good, and honesty,’’ said Heather Crowe Conner, who had just turned 15 in 1976 when Hewitt, then playing for the Boston Lobsters, allegedly first had sex with her near the tennis courts at Masconomet Regional High School. “They are afraid of hurting people. But the person they are protecting is not the one who needs protecting.’’
To the women and those who support them, the hall of fame’s backpedaling is emblematic of leaders throughout professional tennis distancing themselves from Hewitt’s alleged misconduct and the women’s pain.
• Roger Federer the rock star? According to Credit Suisse, yes.
• Bad news: Robin Soderling is out of commission through the Olympics. Good news: He and his girlfriend are expecting a child in September. Congratulations, Sod.
• As we say ciao to Roma, Steve Tignor looks back at his first and only visit to the Italian Open.
• The American men are learning to love Europe.
"Europe is different, definitely. Being an American, it's a lot different," [Donald] Young said. "But if I'm going to play the sport I have to learn how to be over here. And I'm starting to like it, it's starting to be actually quite cool, and enjoyable for sure.
• Is the "tweener" tennis' equivalent to a dunk?
• Non-tennis: Did y'all catch the eclipse? 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.