Daily Bagel: Inside Nadal's practice in Monte Carlo; Wozniacki on new coach
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• Rafael Nadal reflects on his dream career and says he's "not the favorite for anything.”
• From the Telegraph: LTA is set to split with Bob Brett, the British equivalent to the head of player development at the USTA.
• Caroline Wozniacki on her new coach Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, translated here by Mark Nixon: "I think it's really great, because Arantxa has herself played at the top level, and we click well together. She works well with my father too, so she's a good fit for my team.”
• More on her preparation for clay: “She has some exercises that have taught me how to move on clay. She's taught me some things I can use in pressure situations on clay, and what I need to do with the ball.”
• The ATP is reportedly cracking down on GIF-making fans:
• From Forbes: Prepare for pricey U.S. Open tickets if Serena Williams breaks Chris Evert’s record.
• From the Japan Times: Kei Nishikori’s current list of sponsors includes: Uniqlo, Nissin, Wilson, Adidas, Weider, Tag Heuer, JACCS, Delta, Jaguar, Asahi, Hisamitsu, IMG Academy, WOWOW and Lixil. How can this list grow even more and boost American companies in Japan?
• Venus Williams will not play in this weekend’s Fed Cup playoff vs. Italy. Lauren Davis has been named to the team.
• The French Open prize money will rise to $29.5 million ($28 million euros) this year, an increase of $3 million from 2014. Ben Rothenberg breask it down:
• Golfer Justin Rose says Novak Djokovic’s gluten free diet helped him at the Masters: “I have given up gluten like Djokovic. It worked for him—he is a little whippet—and I feel so much better for it. My joints feel amazing, no soreness, no early-morning creeks.”
• Take a look at Nadal’s practice in Monte Carlo: