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Daily Bagel: False alarm -- Marion Bartoli squashes comeback rumors

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• Video: Tennis press conferences aren't always dry and boring.

• Svetlana Kuznetsova took Eugenie Bouchard to school, winning 6-4, 6-1 at the Portugal Open. From 1-4 down, Kuznetsova won 11 of the last 12 games.

• Marion Bartoli tells The Telegraph she's not coming back.

When asked why she could not go straight from Liverpool to Wimbledon, holding her racket ready for one more grand slam, she laughed. “It’s totally different, playing a three-day event like that, to competing in a Grand Slam which lasts two weeks and involves the best players in the world.

"I am not going to come back and compete seriously again: that much is obvious to me. Maybe I will take part in the Wimbledon Legends’ competition; that’s still a discussion with Philip Brook [the Wimbledon chairman].”

• Juan Martin del Potro made a follow-up visit to the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Richard Berger reports that his wrist is healing well.

• Bethanie Mattek-Sands underwent hip surgery but tells Peter Bodo she'll be back.

She’s had two hip surgeries now, a severe shoulder injury, a broken foot, and knee surgery. “A lot of players by this point might have folded up and said, ‘I’m not doing this,’” Justin told me, as we watched Beth go through some light work on the stationary bike. “But she feels like her game is at a peak and she still has four, five good years left.”

That optimism and can-do attitude is part of Mattek-Sands’ charm. She may not be destined to win Wimbledon or challenge Maria Sharapova’s earning power, but she’s a glowing example of a person who wakes up each morning feeling lucky to be alive and to be doing what she’s doing. Would that all of us were so appreciative of our lot—and capable of truly believing, as Mattek-Sands does, that our ability to improve stretches on and on. . . and on.

• Laura Robson made FHM's list of 100 Sexiest Women.

• Two low-ranked ATP teenagers were suspended for two years due to anti-doping violations. Don't accept mystery pills from "unidentified physicians," kids.

• Introducing the Milos Raonic Servebot.

• Non-tennis: If you're like me, you're sadly picking a new NHL playoff team today. Sigh.
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