Daily Bagel: Mr. Intensity
The Daily Bagel is your dose of the interesting reporting, writing and quipping from around the Internet.
• When you hear Li Na talk about representing China in the Olympics, you really start to understand the enormous pressure she faces.
• Fun Q&A with Ryan Harrison from On The Go Tennis. Asked to describe himself in three words, Harrison said, "Very, very, intense."
• Good read here from Tom Perrotta for The Wall Street Journal on Andy Murray's sisyphean quest to break through:
"I said to Andy when he started, 'I don't envy you, because it's not going to be easy for you to reconcile all the effort you put in, all the talent you have, and not winning,' " says Mark Petchey, who coached Mr. Murray in his early days on tour. Mr. [Ivan] Lendl was seen much the same way: remarkably gifted, but incapable of winning when it counted most. He responded as Mr. Murray has responded, by pushing his body to the brink. "He's a workhorse," Mr. Lendl says. "He reminds me of me that way."
• Steve Tignor on the newly retired Fernando Gonzalez:
Gonzo' was his nickname among American fans, and even if he didn’t use it himself, it fit. Even better to me was the name that his agent, the late Ken Myerson, used to call him: Tarzan. Like the character, Gonzalez went down swinging.
• Argentina Davis Cup captain Martin Jaite talks about the weight of expectation for a team that is still searching for its first title, and how he deals with the commitment issues that surface.
• A profile of Sergei Bubka, the "great pole vaulter's son" and "world No. 1's boyfriend" who beat Ernests Gulbis at the Sony Ericsson Open on Thursday.
• If tennis is on Saturday Night Live, I have to link to it. Even if it looks pretty painful.
• Non-tennis: Last week, Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed during a game against Tottenham. Read the doctors' account of how they attempted to save his life here. Remarkable stuff.