Daily Bagel: Jimmy Connors the perfect Survivor contestant
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• Video: A trailer for This Is What They Want, an ESPN 30 for 30 film about Jimmy Connors' career and run to the 1991 U.S. Open semifinals, which premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Here's a clip from the documentary that touches on his comeback victory against Patrick McEnroe in the first round.
• Filmmakers Brian Koppelman and David Levien spoke with The Huffington Post about making the Connors documentary.
Connors, who had memorable rivalries with [John] McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, is compared to Pete Rose in the film, and the connection makes sense beyond the duo's similar hairstyles: Both men liked mucking it up with players and officials during their careers, and both used perceived slights to fuel their competitive fire. Connors, especially, felt like the reality show contestant who wasn't there to win friends, long before anyone knew what the reality show contestant who wasn't there to win friends looked like.
"If you drop Jimmy onto the 'Survivor' island, he would win going away," Levien said with a laugh when that association was made. "Who could beat him at 'Survivor'?"
• Marin Cilic beat Igor Sijsling at the Paris Masters on Monday in his first match back from a four-month doping ban, on which he elaborates.
• Steve Tignor's take on Serena Williams' triumphant 2013 season.
Vulnerable but unbeatable, dramatic but inevitable, Serena finished her most productive year in appropriate style this weekend. Maria, Vika, Li, Sloane Stephens: All of them slowed Serena down for a moment; all of them ended the season getting smaller in her rearview mirror. Yesterday, watching Serena hit those two forehand winners against Li at the end of the second set, and then run away from her in the third, it became clear again why all of her challengers lose their nerve and their will when they play her. She’s better than they are.
He and Prince William seemed to have a good talk about Andy’s back operation when he received the Award and how things had been after Wimbledon. Andy asked him to thank Kate for the letter she had sent him after his SW19 triumph - and to say how impressive her handwriting is. He risked a bit of a dig about William’s own writing, which was taken in really good spirit. He said he’ll get his wife to give him lessons.
Afterwards, there wasn’t time for a huge celebration. You know what Andy’s like. We went back to the house, ate and then he went back to his rehab and fitness work. He’s still a bit incapacitated and working very hard to recover as quickly as possible.
• A Serbian airline named its first plane after Novak Djokovic.
• The Tennis Space lists the best episodes of tennis insults and trash-talk.
What Anna Kournikova said to Martina Hingis after losing 6-0 6-0 to her at the junior US Open:
“You won, but I’m prettier and more marketable than you.”
• Bonus video: Not too shabby, Feliciano Lopez:
http://youtu.be/PE6-oYIR9x4• Non-tennis: Don't blame the Internet for your Internet addiction.