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Daily Bagel: Cover-up of Marin Cilic's failed drug tests reflects badly on tennis

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• Video: A compilation of some of Benoit Paire's best shots. The internet needed this.

• From Bloomberg: The ITF's cover-up of Marin Cilic's failed drug test is, needless to say, a problem, and it's not the first time it's happened. Former Spanish Federation president Pedro Munoz says the ITF has been covering up doping results for years to protect the sport and athletes' reputations.

He said he travelled with a Spanish player, whom he declined to identify, to an ATP hearing in Paris after the athlete tested positive for a drug he took to help heal a shoulder injury in the late 1990s. The men’s tour fined the player the equivalent of about 5,000 euros ($6,700) and never made the test result public, according to Munoz.

Andre Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam singles titles, said in his 2009 autobiography he tested positive for crystal meth in 1997, and duped tennis officials into believing he consumed it in a spiked soda. After reviewing the case, the ATP took no further action against the American.

• A DVD player? Martina Hingis' husband has accused her and her mother of assault. The original Blick report has an amazing graphic.

The 27-year-old French equestrian had talked to police about "serious problems" at his home, police spokesman David Mynall said.

"He has started the process of filing a complaint, but it hasn't been finished yet," he said, not specifying the nature of the incident or who the complaint was being filed against.

Hutin, however, told Blick that his 32-year-old wife, the former world number one, her mother and her mother's boyfriend had "beaten and scratched" him.

The boyfriend had also struck him in the head with a DVD player, he said, adding that he was so "terrified" he had fled to Paris.

"I'm really afraid. What will be next, a bullet?" he asked in the interview.

• Steve Tignor scouts the WTA's Generation Next (Sloane Stephens, Laura Robson, Madison Keys, et al.) to try to find the next big thing.

• On The Go Tennis pairs tennis players with their celebrity analogues. Maria Sharapova is definitely our GOOP.

• Toray Industries will continue to sponsor the Pan Pacific Open when it resumes in Tokyo next year.

• Non-tennis: Barry Zito's ridiculous contract with the San Francisco Giants is finally over.

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