Beyond the Baseline

Daily Bagel: In praise of the little men

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

• Video: Serena Williams, Milos Raonic, Laura Robson and others in support of breast cancer awareness.

• After the surge of "big-man tennis," are we seeing a market correction in the sustained success of David Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic? ESPN.com's Howard Bryant thinks so:

Championship-level tennis is still a province that continues to be played best at high, but not skyscraper-level, altitude. Murray won his first major, and at 6-3 he is still far above average height (unless you hail from the Netherlands or Sudan). But that has been the cutoff, in terms of winning a major, the Masters Series and the top 10. Three of the top 10 (Isner, del Potro and Tomas Berdych) are over 6-4, and two (Ferrer at 5-9 and Tipsarevic at 5-11) are under 6 feet. Federer and Nadal are 6-1. Djokovic is 6-2, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is 6-2.


It's easy to fall in love with big weapons -- and indeed, big-weapons players probably have a better shot over five sets to beat the big four -- but the sexiness of 140 mph serves notwithstanding, tennis is still a game of quickness and movement and agility, and the big man's game looks unstoppable until massive size is no longer an asset.

• Alexander Dolgopolov tells the New Straits Times that he suffers from Gilbert's disease, which affects the liver and causes jaundice:

"Nobody really knows how it affects a person. It is a relatively new condition which was discovered only about 30-to-40 years ago. Yes, it affects my energy level and I feel weak sometimes," Dolgopolov said in a recent interview.

"I don't remember the last time I was affected by it but despite taking measures, like controlling my diet, it sometimes just happens. Whenever I suffer from it, I need about a week or two to get treatment in the hospital."

• Tennis.com's Peter Bodo looks at the state of tennis nations.

• British Prime Minister David Cameron's office denies reports that he once blew off a phone call from President Obama in order to finish a tennis match.

• Non-tennis: Stereogum lists the top 10 songs from Big Star.
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