Daily Bagel: About those best-of-five matches
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• Video: ATP Uncovered looks at the upcoming Asian swing.
• Bobby Chintapalli talked to Billie Jean King for USA Today about equal prize money, five-set epics and Serena Williams:
Nobody should play best-of-five sets, insists King. That tennis is more physically demanding, and long matches are shortening players' careers. That, and it's just not entertaining. "I just cringe when they go to five sets," she says.
• In the same vein, here's a nice interview with Rosie Casals for Tennis Now. Casals, one of the WTA's Original 9, echoes King's sentiments:
I think the women are very capable of playing best-of-five, and to tell you the truth, five sets of tennis is not always great tennis, is it? It’s all about the quality and the entertainment value of tennis. I don’t know if it’s an issue as to the quality of the tennis. You have Elton John and then you have the warm-up act. If the warm-up act was an hour and Elton John was for forty-five minutes, wouldn’t you be more excited about watching Elton John for forty-five minutes than somebody else for an hour?
• The South African tennis federation responds to Kevin Anderson's scathing criticism regarding his decision to skip their Davis Cup tie against Canada.
“Other players are playing (Davis Cup) for nothing, and though we appreciate what he has done for SA tennis,” said the boss of the Sapa agency, “Kevin needs to understand where SA sport in general stands with regards to funding and sponsorship.
• More on Venus & Serena, the documentary that screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Williamses have withdrawn their support of the film.
• Serena was in Milan for Fashion Week.
• Non-tennis: In the aftermath of the controversial call by replacement referees that gave the Seattle Seahawks a Hail Mary win over the Green Bay Packers, the NFL is playing a little fast and loose with its social media. See or read something that you enjoyed and want to share? Feel free to email or tweet us links to pieces from around the Internet that may have slipped past our radar.