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Daily Pain: Wozniacki reportedly thought McIlroy's phone breakup was a joke

The Daily Pain is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet during the French Open (otherwise known as the Daily Bagel).

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The New York Times and The Times of London both reported that Rory McIlroy told Caroline Wozniacki in a phone conversation that he was breaking off their engagement. From Neil Harman of the London newspaper:

Caroline Wozniacki played tennis in a lovely old arena at Roland Garros yesterday but would rather have been in Belfast, asking Rory McIlroy to his face why he left her this way. Except that the last time he called, less than a day after telling her how much he loved her, it was a three-minute conversation she thought was a joke.

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She still has no rationale for what happened a week earlier when, having flown from their apartment in Monaco to prepare to play the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, McIlroy made the call that left Wozniacki weak at the knees, for all the wrong reasons. He had called the whole thing off, six months before the wedding. She then stared blankly at the phone, her life having changed in little more than an instant.

I love the idea of Amelie Mauresmo as Andy Murray's new coach.

Murray is a big fan of 18-year-old American Taylor Townsend, who upset No. 20 Alize Cornet in the second round Wednesday. Hate to spoil it for you, Andy, but she's on Team Roger.

Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times on Townsend's Grand Slam debut. Here's her coach, Zina Garrison, on the unfortunate controversy surrounding Townsend's fitness:

Garrison, who also struggled with her weight, said that she did not want Townsend to suffer the way she did.

“The biggest thing was just getting her to understand that she’s fine,” Garrison said. “Everybody doesn’t have the same shape of our bodies. She’s very clear on that now.”

“I challenge over half of these girls out here to do some of the stuff that she does,” Garrison said.

Flavia Pennetta, an Italian veteran who in March beat Townsend in Indian Wells, Calif., said of Townsend, “If you see like this, she’s not really fit. I mean, you can see it. But she’s moving better than you think, and she’s powerful.”

Was this Nikolay Davydenko's last tournament? The former No. 3 hinted at retirement after his first-round loss in Paris.

A good read here from The Changeover on sexism in tennis.

If last year's Wimbledon was wacky, this year's French is funky. And, apparently, we can blame the Brits.

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