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Daily Bagel: Slippery Wimbledon

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• Video: Serena Williams sat down with ESPN after her first-round victory Tuesday.

• Players (and ball boys) are slipping repeatedly on the grass at Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov were photographed hand-in-hand in London.

• ESPN.com's Greg Garber likes Novak Djokovic's chances of winning Wimbledon.

The Guardian directed some criticism at the LTA after Andy Murray and Laura Robson were the only British player to make the second round of Wimbledon.

In an ideal world, as with British Cycling over the past decade, the elite and the grassroots form a virtuous circle where one drives the other. It is a formula that has continually eluded [outgoing Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger] Draper in his seven years in the role.

While he can claim credit for the commercial success of the LTA and some partial success at the elite end of the women's game, where there are two British women challenging to be in the top 50, for too many people tennis remains a privileged, middle-class sport.

• Britain's papers are keeping a very calm and level head about Robson's victory over Maria Kirilenko.

Ryan Harrison will drop out of the top 100 for the first time since July 2011.

• Funny read from a Brit on the resurgence of American women's tennis.

• Jim Courier and Monica Seles played tennis in a New York City intersection.

• Non-tennis: Oral history of the legendary 2003 NBA draft.
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