Daily Bagel: Bernard Tomic to hire coach
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• Video: Pulling out this video in light of Roger Federer's funny Twitter Q&A.
• The Age reports that Bernard Tomic will appoint a coach in the next couple of months to replace his father, John, who is serving a one-year tournament ban after assaulting Bernard's hitting partner in Madrid in May. From Linda Pearce's report:
So what prompted him to seek an outside coach now?
''Well, I've got no choice, do I?'' Tomic said. Reminded that he had been operating under the coach-in-hotel-room system for some time, he said: ''I obviously want to do the best thing that will help me, and my dad knows and he's cool with it.
''When my dad comes back [from suspension] and he's able to come in, it will be a different story; he'll be there as my dad, supporting me, and I'm always going to look for his tips, because he's the one that brought me up and he knows best.
''But hopefully 2014 with my team I can do very well and keep that bond and environment going good throughout the whole year,'' he said.
• Angelique Kerber can clinch the final spot in the WTA Championships if she makes the semifinals in Linz, Austria, this week or the quarterfinals in Moscow next week. Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Roberta Vinci are still mathematically alive.
• How much is Andy Murray missed at the Shanghai Masters?
• Slate unveils map of the United Sports of America. Georgia gets tennis.
• Injury timeouts lead Peter Bodo's list of pet peeves.
The cat is probably out of the bag on this one, and it’s too bad. For if the tours eliminated injury timeouts going forward you can bet someone will do him/herself serious damage for lack of care. Yet for the longest time—well into the Open era—players didn’t have the luxury of taking what has become a long, and often suspiciously convenient, break in the middle of a match.
[I] still say that the current system is really unfair to those players whose ethics forbid them to take advantage of injury timeout and bathroom-break rules. So scale it back. Allow the players one three-minute visit with an attending physician and/or trainer per set—at most. Allow a trainer to do some light work (like taping) if necessary, but that too ought to be accomplished in the short window. Then the player should have to decide whether to go on, or retire.
• Hilary Swank and her Adidas Barricades were papped leaving a tennis court.
• Good to hear that Ross Hutchins is recovering well from cancer and planning a return to the tour next year.
• Federer loves AS Roma and the Italian soccer club would love to have him.
• Elena Vesnina has ruled herself out of Russia's Fed Cup final and will play the WTA's Tournament of Champions instead. (Link in Russian.) • Non-tennis: I have discovered the pan-fried soup dumplings in Shanghai, and my life will never be the same.