Daily Bagel: U.S. Open adds extra day
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• Video: Roger Federer visits Iguazu Falls in Brazil and has a blast. His primal scream at the 33-second mark was kinda weird.
• The USTA has added an additional day to the 2013 U.S. Open, meaning the women's final will now be moved to Sunday and the men's final to Monday. The decision ends the much-maligned "Super Saturday" schedule, at least for 2013. The USTA will decide whether to implement the change permanently after next year.
• The USTA also announced a prize money increase of $4 million to a record $29.5 million. Distribution has yet to be determined.
• Wimbledon sure does make a heck of a lot of money.
• Speaking of cash, the ATP 250 tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile, is reportedly offering Rafael Nadal a $1.2 million appearance fee.
• Maria Sharapova and Sam Stosur are confirmed for the 2013 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Calif.
• Disappointed with the Spanish federation's support, Spain's top women have decided to split from the RFET (link in Spanish).
• Nice piece here on Andy Roddick, who says the reality of his retirement won't hit him until January.
"To be honest, I don't know that it will really affect me until January comes around," he said. "The last 13 Januarys I've been in Australia. I haven't experienced Jan. 8 in the United States for 15 years. You start to identify certain months with certain places, that's where you are. … I wasn't jealous of the guys going on a 15-hour flight to Shanghai [in October] or wherever else. Once I see the guys over [in Australia], obviously I'll miss it a little bit."
• The Tennis Space catches up with Taylor Townsend.
• This is a dead-on mock-up of the ATP players' imaginary reactions to the news of Rafael Nadal's imminent return.
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