Daily Bagel: Making sense of Marion Bartoli's premature retirement

Thursday August 15th, 2013


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

• Video: Marion Bartoli discusses her sudden decision to retire from tennis.

• Wrapping our heads around Bartoli's retirement:

  • Bobby Chintapalli for USA Today: Bartoli's retirement caught nearly everybody by surprise
  • Christopher Clarey for The New York Times: The end of the road comes early for Bartoli
  • The Tennis Space: 10 Things About Marion Bartoli.

• Doug Robson reports the ATP has brought in a search firm to help identify candidates to fill the CEO position left open after Brad Drewett's passing.

• Another hit for France: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is out of the U.S. Open with a knee injury.

• From The New York Times, an interview with tennis fitness guru Gil Reyes, who says we’re a half a generation away from players' bodies catching up to the size and the speed of the game.

“It’s comparable to going from the cell phone to the iPhone. The graphite strings and rackets give you more control and the ability to put more topspin on the ball, and so everybody started hitting the ball bigger. But that’s left every player with a dilemma.”

The problem Reyes is talking about is the physiological cost of power: the increased strain on the muscle and skeletal systems, which is the direct result of a sport that has become exponentially faster.

“The harder you hit the ball, the less time you give yourself to get back into position, and you don’t see any guys giving up the power because they feel that automatically becomes a disadvantage,” he said. “But at the same time they realize that the harder I hit this ball, the more force and torque and wear and tear I have to put on my hips and my knees and my back to constantly slam on the brakes to get back into position.”

• Non-tennis: Slate's 2013 Summer Strut list is great.

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