Wednesday September 19th, 2012

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

• Video: The women are in China for the next few weeks, which means it's a perfect time to rewatch this WTA video of players trying to pronounce their names in Mandarin.

• The WTA posted some pictures of Marcos Baghdatis' and Karolina Sprem's summer wedding in Croatia.

Venus Williams and John Isner will represent the United States at Hopman Cup in January. They join a field that already includes Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic for Serbia. That's the makings of a great field for the exhibition tournament, which is one of my favorite events of the year.

Mahesh Bhupathi read a statement on Indian television in response to the All India Tennis Association's decision to ban him and doubles partner Rohan Bopanna from Davis Cup play for the next two years. Needless to say, Bhupathi lashed out at the federation:

Over 80 percent of members of the executive committee have sat there for close to 20 years if not more and they are yet to produce one professional tennis player. ... Yet they continue to hold their positions and go about their jobs in the name of Indian tennis. Over the past few days I have got calls from the Indian tennis fraternity all over the world sympathizing against the Associations actions, each one of them continue to have their story of challenges to tell about the AITA. The association has taken full advantage of the situation knowing that we as players have no authority to question them or to make any stand in our defense.

• Former Indian Davis Cup player Vishal Uppal reacted to Bhupathi's "rant" with, well, kind of a rant:

Coming back to Bhupathi's ranting from earlier in the day, it seemed like he was making an attempt to seem holier than thou, stating how much he does for Indian tennis, with his various training programs and tournaments that he has organized, simply because of his love for Indian Tennis! Who are we kidding here? That Mahesh Bhupathi is a shrewd businessman, is known to anyone who has followed Indian tennis and he runs a very lucrative business with his academies and events.

• Tennis.com's Steve Tignor says maybe it's time we stop complaining about what Andy Murray isn't and just accept the way he is:

In my brief conversations with him, Murray had been serious and thoughtful, and that’s how he came across in his post-final presser. He wont give you a snarky retort, like Andy Roddick; he won’t come up with a nugget of stoical philosophy, like Rafael Nadal; and he’s not as his ease the way Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer typically are after they win. ... But Murray also won’t give you a cliché if he can help it. While his words may not be clever or revelatory, he does his best to be honest and not just tell you what you want to hear.

• A stomach bug going around the Guangzhou tournament has forced a number of players to withdraw or retire, including top-seeded Marion Bartoli. In more retirement news, Maria Kirilenko stopped after two games in her first-round match in Seoul because of a back injury.

• An update on the tennis umpire who was arrested for allegedly murdering her husband with a coffee mug: The defense is arguing the crime scene was bungled.

• Non-tennis: If you missed it Tuesday night, do watch Adam Scott's (the actor, not Ivanovic's ex-boyfriend) line-by-line analysis of Ice, Ice, Baby on Conan. 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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