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Daily Pain: Andy Murray not opposed to working with a female coach

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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).

• Video: Juan Martin del Potro is hitting tennis balls. I repeat, Juan Martin del Potro is hitting tennis balls.

• From TenniShorts: Andy Murray won't dismiss the idea of hiring a female coach. And that's pretty great.

Murray, though, did not find the idea of hiring Mauresmo ridiculous at all. Fair enough, she may be busy with her job as France’s Fed Cup captain and with her other various media commitments but the thought of hiring a woman as his coach did not faze the Muzz. In fact, he thought it could be very good idea.

“I think when you get a lot of men in a room, there’s often quite a lot of egos involved,” he said, “and communication can sometimes be quite difficult because not everyone listens; when there’s an argument it can sometimes get heated rather than actually everyone sort of just staying calm. I think in those situations, women can listen a bit better and take things on board easier than guys. I think from a communication point of view, it would probably be pretty good.”

• From Doug Robson for USA Today: Meanwhile, coaches traditionally associated with the ATP are slowly migrating to the WTA.

• In the wake of Ernests Gulbis' controversial quotes, Ben Rothenberg for The New York Times says the sport of tennis is rarely family business.

• On Taylor Townsend and Donald Young's deep connection.

"Donald [Sr.] used to have his summer [tennis] camp at Jackson Park behind the Museum [of Science and Industry on the city's South Side]," Sheila said. "The restroom was by the boat docks, so the kids would bring bicycles or scooters to get there, and Donald would say to Taylor [seven years his junior], 'Come on, get on, I'll take you over there.'

"She was so happy that he was giving her a half-second of his attention and he would wait until she was right behind him and take off. She'd cry, 'He left me again.' She fell for it every time. Every time."

• Grigor Dimitov talks about his career and Maria Sharapova in W Magazine.

• Jurgen and Iveta Melzer exemplify how you can make professional tennis and marriage work.

• Non-tennis: ICYMI: The Miami Heat advanced to their fourth-straight NBA Finals after beating the Indiana Pacers last night (and Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were in attendance).
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