Daily Bagel: Creative solutions for the U.S. Open's roof problem
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• Video: As we return to the site of Roger Federer's 15th major title, a look back at Nike's salute in 2009.
• Richard Evans offers a few creative solutions to the U.S. Open's roof issue.
Another option would be to spend a little more and make Armstrong an 18,000- or even 20,000-seat stadium with a roof and use it, under all circumstances, over the final weekend, leaving Ashe empty. If that sounds a little ridiculous, I would imagine CBS and other televisions stations around the world would love the idea. All they want is a guaranteed final starting on time.
• Lovely tribute to Barry "The Bear" Mackay from SI's Bruce Jenkins.
The Bay Area's tournament is a veritable ghost town now, bound for Memphis after one last stand in San Jose next year. In those Cow Palace days, though, it was a treasure. MacKay lured the likes of John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg into the event, among many other stars, and it was a must-see event on the sporting calendar. "He was a businessman, but the players adored this guy," recalled Bill Simons, who penned his recollections of MacKay for Inside Tennis magazine. "Barry would pick them up at the airport, arrange for cars and tee times, and yes, he'd get in his shorts and warm up Ivan Lendl."
• Interesting bit buried here in Steve Tignor's Keeping Tabs piece: the uncomfortable connection between one of the doctors charged in the USADA's doping case against Lance Armstrong and a tennis academy in Valencia, Spain.
Garcia del Moral has been associated with the TenisVal Academy in Valencia, home at various times to Errani, Marat and Dinara Safina, and David Ferrer. Errani’s brother, Davide, told the paper that she had never been treated by Garcia del Moral, aside from one routine cardiac examination. The story overshoots its mark by, as the doctor predicted, citing Errani’s recently improved results without citing any evidence, other than guilt by association, that she doped. Still, the connection warrants more questions from the ITF's anti-doping authorities.
• Kamakshi Tandon provides a summary of all the Olympics tennis drama unfolding over the last week. The good news is it looks like the ITF and the New Zealand Olympic Committee has given Marina Erakovic the green light.
• As if the story needed more drama: The UK's Telegraph reports that it was the line umpire who filed the assault complaint against David Nalbandian.
• PseudoFed pens a letter to Wimbledon. "As usual, Centre Court only, don’t do a Garros on Me. Sincerely, GOAT." Perfect.
• Non-tennis: The Euros are just so great. After Ukraine's 1-0 loss to England last night, which eliminated them from the very competition they're hosting, the Ukrainian coach challenges a reporter to take it outside. And I don't think it was to trade Pokemon cards. 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.