Daily Bagel: Ana Ivanovic and the coaching conundrum

Monday June 18th, 2012

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

• Video: Grigor Dimitrov had a banner week at London's Queen's Club, making his first ATP semifinal. If you don't know much about Grigor, enjoy this Q&A from Queen's.

• Ana Ivanovic talks to UK newspaper, The Independent, about the complicated world of coaching. The key to her successful relationship with Nigel Spears: space.

"He really respects it if I want to spend time with my friends and don't want to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with him. There are times when the only people you spend time with are the people in your team. That's hard, because I think, 'I'm a girl. I want to hang out with other girls. I just want to be a normal young woman.' "

• Some great stuff here from Maria Sharapova, who gave an interview a small group of reporters after her French Open win. Pay particular attention to her response to the "immigrant narrative" questions.

"My father, of course, takes responsibility for my whole career. But he was extremely smart in those situations because he knew that he wasn't a tennis expert. All he knew was that he liked tennis. He took me to all the different people who could try to make me better, whether it was somebody on the movements, somebody on the serve, somebody on the strokes. He never thought he knew it all. That was the best gift he gave me."

• Sad to hear that longtime broadcaster and former top five player Barry MacKay, he of the trademark "Letcord!" call, passed away at 76 years old. Here's a tribute for Mackay posted by the ATP.

• Lleyton Hewitt admits his on-court demeanor can turn people off, but says that's not what he's like off the court.

WTA Backspin takes a look back at the clay season.

• Before there was Li Na there was Chinese doubles specialist Yan Zi. The WTA checks in with her while she's been off-tour for over a year tending to her newborn daughter.

• Non-tennis: The Onion's A.V. Club has a chat with Mike Schur, creator of NBC's Parks and Recreation. It is a very great read.

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