Friday May 25th, 2012

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.

• The French Open begins on Sunday. Since Rafael Nadal is the clear favorite, let's look back at some of his funniest moments.

• As Novak Djokovic chases his 'Djoker Slam,' he laments the one that got away. And here, Djokovic confirms he'll carry the Serbian Flag during the Opening Ceremonies of the London Games.

• Tom Perrotta looks at what makes John Isner so effective on clay.

"We'll save the sliding trophies for Rafa," said Craig Boynton, Isner's coach and a former coach of two-time French Open winner Jim Courier. "If John's doing what John should be doing, tactics kind of go out the window."

• This is a fantastic interview with Nikolay Davydenko (for the Spanish speakers). For English speakers, here's the interview passed through Google translate.

• The Atlantic looks at the homogenization of court speeds and argues that it's good for the game.

Roger Federer slams the ITF for upping the qualification criteria for the Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

Checking in with Melanie Oudin, who is readying herself for the French Open.

In recent months, as she inched back toward respectability and obtained a wild-card entry into the FrenchOpen, Oudin, now 20, returned to the U.S.T.A. training fold. Once there, she discovered that to overcome burnout and a crisis of confidence, she needed more work, not less. Oudin arrived in Queens in February, her game in such shambles that one U.S.T.A. coach, Jay Gooding, told her, “I’m sorry to say, but everyone who plays you expects to beat you now.”

Non-tennis: Ah, prom. 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.

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