Daily Bagel: Serena Williams' dominance
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• Video: Behind the scenes of John Isner's photoshoot for Vogue. Yes, Vogue.
• Brian Phillips nails it again, this time pondering the unflinching, unapologetic, unstoppable dominance of Serena Williams.
The sport is full of subtly prejudiced upper-class white people? Well, here is an F5 tornado. Katharine Hepburn said at Humphrey Bogart's funeral that he liked to drink, so he drank; Serena likes to win tennis matches, so she wins tennis matches. It isn't to make you like her, or prove you wrong, or sell you a sandwich. It isn't to overcome the global history of race. It isn't to expand our sense of the meaning of Americanness. It's to do a thing she wants to do. And miraculously, she is herself such a force that all that other stuff scatters like paper.
• Doctors say Rafael Nadal could be back on court in a month. Me? I say shut it down and get ready for 2013.
• Must-read piece by SI's S.L. Price on Andy Roddick.
In the end, Roddick, like the rest, will be forgiven any slights or pettiness he engaged in, all the blowups, all the snark, even the majors he didn't win. Nobody forgives like a tennis fan, because, by the end, with their aches and in their slowing and their efforts to remain in the game, the great ones, too, come down to our level.
• SI.com's Drew Lawrence takes a look at Victoria Azarenka's evolving relationship with the media.
So worried was the WTA tour of someday winding up with a top ranked player that no one wants to talk to that they asked The Times of London's esteemed tennis writer Neil Harman to give her a crash course in media training after the 2011 Australian Open. The lesson: engage a little bit more. She put it into practice two months later, at the Miami Masters. When about half a dozen reporters showed up for a news conference before she was to meet Sharapova in the finals, Azarenka stepped down from the dais and sat among her inquisitors.
• Sara Errani trying to distance herself from a banned Spanish doctor who has ties to doping. Perhaps most surprising is the ITF's lax reaction to the doctor's involvement in tennis.
“Of course I’m not interested in to keep working with one person that is involved in these things,” she said. She added: “He was the best doctor in Valencia for everything, so I have been working with him of course. But now his name is not good name.” Errani also said that the I.T.F., despite announcing that it recognized Garcia del Moral’s ban, told her that she did not have to stop seeing the doctor.
• Greg Garber catches up with Pete Sampras. Liked this quote from Paul Annacone, who came into coach Sampras after he suffered a crisis of confidence after losing to George Bastl at Wimbledon.
"We had a long talk after the loss to Bastl," Annacone said. "When you haven't won a tournament in so long and you're Pete Sampras, every time you go into a press conference, it's negatively driven. And no matter how relentlessly optimistic you are or how much confidence you have, when 90 percent of the questions are negative, it plants a seed.
"And that might only diminish your self-belief by 2 percent, but at that level that's all it takes. Even as great as he was, 2 percent means vulnerability."
• The Onion handles Andy Roddick's retirement the way only the Onion can. Headline: Andy Roddick Retires at Top of Everyone Else's Game.
• Juan Martin del Potro ran into the photo pit chasing down a ball in his three-set loss to Novak Djokovic and in so doing, scared the crap out of a photographer.
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