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Daily Bagel: Ernests Gulbis obliterates another racket at Mexican Open

http://youtu.be/sXTe4EPecHo

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• Video: Ernests Gulbis adios-ed yet another racket on his way to a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5 loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open. He also received a code violation for an audible obscenity in the third set that resulted in a point penalty on break point, giving Dimitrov the lead. All in all, a frustrating night for Ernie.

• More details on the International Premier Tennis League: Players will be given the freedom to choose which ties they want to play.

• From the Portland Tribune: John McEnroe, James Blake and Jim Courier on why they enjoy Champions Tennis.

All of the participants get a paycheck, but the competition, along with some camaraderie of the ranks, seems to genuinely drive them.

"When you're playing on the main tour, you never think you're going to do this," McEnroe said. "You don't want to do it. Second of all, you don't think it's something that will become available.

"As you get a little perspective, all of a sudden, you realize this isn't all that bad. In fact, in a way, it's more fun than it's ever been. I get a chance to go do my thing. It helps me appreciate what I was able to do before. It's a format that's set up for older guys. At least I have a fighting chance on a day-to-day basis. It's a blast, really."

• The New York Times catches up with Nick Bollettieri. His induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame is expected to be announced on Monday.

• This should be fun: The WTA has started their own version of March Madness bracketology.

• Alexandr Dolgopolov enlisted his ATP colleagues in support of peace in Ukraine:

http://youtu.be/zYmSqvTkFXc

• Non-tennis: Michelle Obama is set to guest star on Parks and Recreation.
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