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Daily Bagel: Wimbledon won't increase ticket prices with prize money hike

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• Video: The ladies are in Stuttgart, which means it's time to revisit the moment Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka bumped shoulders in the final last year. Sadly, Azarenka opted to skip Stuttgart this year.

• Novak Djokovic says the Monte Carlo title punctuated what has been an up-and-down quarter for him emotionally and physically.

• Wimbledon announced a massive prize money hike of 40 percent this year, making it the largest total payout in tennis history. Early-round losers will see a 60 percent increase, while the champions are set to take home $2.4 million each. How will the All England Club fund the increase? Well, not by gouging ticket holders. Bloomberg reports that Wimbledon isn't increasing ticket prices.

• From The Changeover, Five Stats I Wish Were Tracked. I'm a big fan of getting winners broken down by forehand and backhand and changing the break point conversion stat to one that measures break point chances. If you get 10 break points in one game and convert one, you've successfully broken serve. But the stat would read one-for-10 on break chances, which is misleading.

• Myanmar was supposed to host two Davis Cup events this week, but they were canceled due to security concerns.

• Judy Murray says expectations should be tempered when it comes to Laura Robson's and Heather Watson's transitional year.

• Is Al Jazeera looking to acquire Tennis Channel?

• Andy Murray was disappointed by his third-round loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in Monte Carlo. So he's hitting a lot of balls. A lot.

• Non-tennis: The real story behind why 1990s icons Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore separated.

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