Daily Bagel: Rafael Nadal playing the Copa Claro and Rio Open in February

Wednesday December 4th, 2013


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

• Video: The WTA puts together a collection of Agnieszka Radwanska's best shots of 2013. This is a banner year for her highlight reel.

• Rafael Nadal will play the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in February. He is also confirmed for the Rio Open in Brazil the following week. (Link in Spanish)

• Steve Tignor and Kamakshi Tandon review Grace Lichtenstein's book A Long Way Baby and compare the WTA of 40 years ago to the what it is today.

I was struck by how much importance Lichtenstein attached to women's tennis at that time -- it was, in her's and [Billie Jean King's] minds, nothing less than the feminist movement made physical, made visual. I wonder if any professional tour in any sport has ever begun with so much political hope and baggage attached? For a progressive person like Lichtenstein, it was far more than a game, or a business, or a show. The [Virginia Slims Circuit] was proof that women could operate and succeed independently. Throughout the book, there's a sense that she's still a little stunned to see the whole enterprise happening, to see her fellow women doing what, until then, men had only done: negotiating endorsements, working out with a trainer, hanging out in a locker room together. All of these things, of course, are completely normal to us now -- a long way, for sure.

• The New York Times' obituary for Peter Graf.

• Checking in on Flavia Pennetta's love life.

• Roger Federer lands on New York Magazine's list of 40 men who men find attractive.

• Video: Relying on classically offensive racial stereotypes, a comedian impersonates Federer in China.

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