Daily Bagel: Hopman Cup's strong field
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• Video: Another trip to Beijing, another attempt by the women of the WTA to learn some mandarin. Watch as Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sam Stosur and Laura Robson do their best. As for the ringer, that has to be Christina McHale, who lived in Hong Kong until she was eight and actually speaks a little mandarin. Rabbit wants to eat Peking duck!
• The field has been announced for January's Hopman Cup mixed doubles exhibition in Perth, Australia. Given that the event is competing with events in Brisbane, Doha and Auckland, the event has put together a solid field.
Serbia: Novak Djokovic & Ana Ivanovic
Italy: Andreas Seppi & Francesca Schiavone
Germany: Tommy Haas & Andrea Petkovic
Australia: Bernard Tomic & Casey Dellacqua
USA: John Isner & Venus Williams
France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga & Mathilda Johansson
South Africa: Kevin Anderson & Chanelle Scheepers
Spain: Fernando Verdasco & Anabel Medina Garrigues
• For all you visual learners out there, here's a set of charts showing how the top four men have accumulated their points. The pie charts make obvious what we all know about Andy Murray: he has to start asserting himself at the Masters events.
• Nice quotes from Tommy Haas and Gil Reyes here on Roger Federer's resiliency.
• You should definitely click through this gallery of photos from the WTA player party in Linz. The official theme (and no, I'm not making a joke here): Leather and Horsepower.
• 17-year ATP veteran Rainer Schuettler finally calls it quits. The German reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in 2004 and made the finals of the Australian Open in 2003 and semifinals of Wimbledon in 2008. As for his retirement plans, he teamed with Ion Tiriac to purchase the license for the ATP's tournament in Dusseldorf (link in German, here's a translated version).
• Non-tennis: Congrats to the Ohio State Buckeyes! Your marching band is super nerdy and it's great. 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.