Daily Bagel: In defense of grunting
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• Video: Maria Sharapova's appearance on the WTA Live All-Access Hour in Stuttgart from early in the week. Sharapova, the two-time defending champion, beat top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to advance to the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.
• Steve Tignor and a Tennis.com contributor named Jewell discuss all angles of the grunting debate -- whether the tours should crack down, whether it helps players, whether sexism plays a role in how the issue is covered, and more. Jewell, for one, is partial toward players who grunt.
I watched tennis as a child, missed a few years, and came back to find a game where the women players strode tall and took no nonsense from anyone. When they grunted while hitting a shot, it felt like part of the power game both on and off the court, and I loved it. It doesn't make me want to turn off: It compels me to watch. More generally, it feels like effort and desire to win. Not that quiet players aren't putting in effort or aren't keen enough to win -- it's just that, across both tours, I'm often more attracted to players who seem to show those things more.
• Famed coach Nick Bollettieri did a Reddit AMA.
• Andy Murray says he is considering seven or eight candidates to replace former coach Ivan Lendl, as the BBC writes.
Murray has not yet decided whether to choose a renowned coach or go down the route of appointing a former top professional.
"It could be either," he said. "It's about how the two of you get on, how they see your game and how you are developing and the amount of time they can give you to do the job properly.
"They also need to fit with the team because I'm not going to clear out all of the guys I work with and bring a coach in who wants to do things completely differently."
• Andre Agassi dedicated a new Indianapolis charter school built by his real estate investment fund.
• The ATP Tour is set to return to Israel for the first time since 1996.
• Steve Flink on the progress of 24-year-old American Steve Johnson, who is ranked a career-high No. 67 after starting the year at No. 156. • Non-tennis: Colleges under fire for handling of sexual assault cases.