Daily Bagel: Welcome back, Gael Monfils
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• Video: Gael Monfils returns to the tour this week in Metz after a four-month layoff to heal his knees. Here's BTB's way of saying Welcome back.
• Andy Murray returned to his hometown of Dunblane, Scotland to a hero's welcome. What was supposed to be a 75-minute crowd walk turned into a four-hour love-fest.
Neil Yarwood, 42, an insurance broker, had traveled from Perth with his family: "Andy is the total pride of Scotland. We've followed him ever since he won the US Open championship first time around as a boy. If he had never won a grand slam, he would still be a hero in our eyes: he's an idol."
• Murray's chances to grab the year-end No. 1 ranking are slim. Simon Cambers crunches the numbers for The Tennis Space.
Mathematically, it seems that Murray would need to win in London, probably by winning all five matches to get the maximum points, and even then it is unlikely to be enough, if Djokovic plays a full schedule or if Federer does not shut down the season.
• Who wants some more Indian tennis drama? "Me!!!" said no one. The All India Tennis Association has banned Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from Davis Cup play for two years. That's kind of a problem when Davis Cup play is required for Olympic qualification. Here's what Bhupathi had to tweet about it:
• BlackTennisPros.com reached out to Taylor Townsend's mother Sheila about the USTA controversy. Her full comments are worth a read.
One of the things when I was sitting down talking to [USTA], I said, 'you are a different type of school, you need to look at the coaches as teachers and the tennis courts as another type of classroom. And how would you feel if your child came home from school and said their teacher did blah, blah, blah, how would that make you feel? Don't get it misconstrued that just because you are a tennis coach and are on a tennis court. First you are a teacher - you are a teacher - and you have a greater responsibility just like the teachers in your child's school of bricks, mortar and steel, and they have a huge impact on that child's development, whether it's positive or negative.
• Matt Cronin offers his drawsheet notes for the WTA after the U.S. Open.
• Gangnam Style hits the tennis scene: Filip Peliwo does the famous K-Pop dance as part of his Davis Cup initiation this weekend.
• Tennis Australia will host an Australian Open wildcard play-off in China. Nice to see that commitment to tennis development in Asia.
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