Daily Bagel: Andy Murray wants dopers named, prize money to anti-doping
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• Video: ATP Tour Uncovered profiles always entertaining, always perplexing Gael Monfils.
• From the Independent, Andy Murray, speaking at a press event for the ATP 250 event at Queen's Club, thinks dopers should be named and shamed and prize money should be cut in order to help fund a more robust anti-doping regimen in tennis.
The world No 3 said he had been asked regularly whether tennis was clean. "If one in 100 players is doping, in my eyes that isn't a clean sport and we need to do everything we can to ensure that everyone that's competing at the highest level - and below - is clean," he said. "I think that comes with the biological passports and with more blood-testing."
• Peter Bodo on the U.S. Davis Cup team's current growing pains in the post-Roddick era.
• From the Midland Daily News, the Dow Corning Classic, a $100K USTA Pro Circuit tournament, turns 25 years old. It's nice to see a tournament, any tournament, have support from the local community and continue to grow.
• From Buzzfeed: Great read on how watching "night sports," i.e., tennis, offers a completely different viewing experience than the Super Bowl. I'd argue that Twitter has been a boon to tennis fans in creating that sense of community that other "appointment viewing" sports have built in by the simple virtue of being played during prime-time viewing hours.
When there's nothing to do but watch the match, moments like [Roger] Federer's exhilarating break point [against Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinals] to force a tiebreak in the fourth set (which he won) take on even more drama, like the climax of a movie. When some of the other sportswriters I follow checked into the match around 6 a.m., as the sun was slowly breaking through the windows and turning Night Sports into Morning Sports, I felt like I'd been a part of something they hadn't. It reminded me of the 2008 Summer Olympics men's basketball gold medal game between the U.S.A. and Spain, 40 minutes of high level back-and-forth between the world's best . A friend and I stayed up until 4 A.M. watching it, completely invested and completely alone in the pre-Twitter era, but it ended up being one of the best games I've ever seem in my life. Whenever it comes up in conversation with other sports fans — which is admittedly rare — it's a badge of honor.
• I missed this tweet during the Super Bowl from Wendell Pierce, who stars in The Wire and Treme: