Daily Bagel: Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov arrive in Brisbane
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• Video: Svetlana Kuznetsova makes her music video debut in this remarkably upbeat Russian song. She raps and everything.
• Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov have landed in Brisbane.
• Serena Williams is the AP Female Athlete of the Year for the third time. Was there really anyone else in the conversation?
• From espnW, a piece on Serena and Venus Williams' trip to Jamaica and the status of the sport in that country.
Tennis is not new to Jamaica. In 1966, Richard Russell and the late Lance Lumsden defeated the top-ranked doubles team of Arthur Ashe and Charlie Pasarell in a Davis Cup match against the United States at the St. Andrew Club in Kingston. They went on to play in all the Grand Slams before they retired.
Russell now runs a tennis academy and is the coach at Campion College, a high school in Kingston. His son, Ryan, played professionally and was the doubles partner in juniors of Germany's Dustin Brown, who was raised in Montego Bay. They played Davis Cup for Jamaica. Sylvester Black has also represented Jamaica in the Davis Cup. He is the father of Tornado Black, runner-up for the 2013 US Open girls' singles title, and he once coached Sloane Stephens.
But tennis is considered a minor sport in Jamaica. There are few qualified and affordable coaches and courts, so Jamaican players who can afford it often travel or live abroad for better competition and exposure to more tournaments. There aren't many senior tournaments played throughout the year because of a limited number of entrants and a lack of corporate sponsors.
• Congratulations to Bob Bryan on the birth of his second child, Bobby Jr. Is Micaela up for some mixed doubles?
• Jack Sock and Sloane Stephens spent Christmas together.
• Janko Tipsarevic withdrew from the Chennai Open. He was the defending champion.
• 15-year old Ana Konjuh got a wildcard into the ASB Classic in Auckland. The talented junior champion to watch has some big weapons.
• Unseeded and Looming breaks down the upcoming changes to the WTA ranking system.
• From Fox Sports Australia: 14 predictions for the 2014 tennis season.
• Tennis pops up more than once in SI's Best Photos of 2013.