Daily Bagel: Troicki prepares to return to the ATP tour after doping ban

Monday July 14th, 2014

The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet. 

• Photo: Congratulations to six-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport (center in photo above) on her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

• Viktor Troicki's suspension for an anti-doping violation ends this week, meaning he'll be eligible to return to the tour next week. Here's a good read that catches up with the former No. 12, who is trying to rebuild his career from scratch. 

Q: What will you be feeling when you return to action?

VT: From the wish to show that they were wrong to suspend me, to the hope of proving to myself that I can do even better than before -- above all, a desire to make up for lost time… All of these emotions and much more will be present. To be honest, I don’t know myself how it’ll be on court in the beginning, until I get used to it. At the same time, all my points will be gone by July 21 and I’ll be starting from scratch, completely from scratch. However, I often remember a very good saying, “Once a doctor, always a doctor.” That’s why I haven’t given up on tennis: because it’s who I am.

• Rafael Nadal and the Bryans join Novak Djokovic in qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals. 

• Will Bernard Tomic need a wildcard to get into the U.S. Open? He's entered into qualifying and there's some debate as to whether he'll get a wildcard even if he asks.

• Nice shot, Dustin Brown. 

• Video: Behind the scenes of Maria Sharapova's photo soot for The Times UK

• The Tennis Draws Tumblr is worth a scroll. Great stuff. 

• ZooTennis has a recap of all the junior action at Wimbledon.

• Non-tennis: Is the NBA ready for a female head coach?

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