Daily Bagel: Townsend, 16, turning pro
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• Video: Enjoy some of Andy Murray's best points of 2012. As much as some people want to fight it, the guy is very good at tennis.
• Colette Lewis reports that 16-year-old American Taylor Townsend is turning pro. The junior No. 1, who won the Australian Open girls' title this year and received a lot of attention last summer over the USTA's concerns about her fitness, has signed with Lagardere Unlimited. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has more on Townsend and her relationship with the USTA:
Townsend said the fences have since been mended with the USTA and the Chicago native still maintains a residence in Boca Raton where she trains at the USTA Training Center. Townsend needed a wild card to get into the Orange Bowl [this week] because she forgot to apply in time.
"That's on me, I have to be responsible for myself. Everything is fine [with the USTA],'' Townsend said.
Townsend said this is "likely" her last junior tournament after signing with the Lagardère Unlimited sports agency. Townsend will play a limited WTA schedule in 2013 because of age restrictions and she's no longer eligible to play college tennis.
"It's really exciting,'' Townsend said of turning pro.
• Karen Crouse of The New York Times caught up with Andy Roddick in Miami, where the newly retired star makes clear that it was his body, not his heart, that let him down.
“I’m not graceful like Roger,” Roddick said, referring to the 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. “I feel like I have to use a lot more effort, a lot more of my physical tools to play. The way you saw me when I was playing was the way I went about every practice. My body kept asking for more, and I’m not sure that I had more to give. The recovery became hard.”
• Interesting look here at the WTA rankings if they were retooled to consider the quality of wins. No shock that Serena Williams would top the rankings, but I'm a bit surprised to see Maria Sharapova would rank ahead of current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
• Roger Rasheed has a tough task ahead of him. He'll try to help rein in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's creativity without, you know, reining in his creativity.
"There are a few areas I've identified: when high-risk is worthwhile and when high-risk is not,'' Rasheed said. "If he can just tighten that up a little bit it'll make him a better player. But his natural flair you won't take that away from him, because that's his drive.''
• Caroline Wozniacki is super annoyed with Rory McIlroy's ex-girlfriend. Again.
• Peter Bodo picks the worst matches of the year.
• The Slice identifies the 12 best marketing moments of 2012.
• Enjoy this classic picture of Juan Martin del Potro.
• Non-tennis: Perfect photobomb. 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.