Break Points: July 9, 2013

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Today’s notable results:

  • Båstad: Jan-Lennard Struff d. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-3, 6-3
  • Stuttgart: Thomaz Bellucci d. Lukas Rosol, 6-4, 6-4
  • Newport: Tim Smyczek d. Sam Querrey, 6-4, 7-6(8)
  • Newport: Jack Sock d. Marinko Matosevic, 6-2, 0-0 (Ret’d)
  • Budapest: Valeria Solovyeva d. Lucie Safarova, 6-1, 6-0
  • Budapest: Andrea Hlavackova d. Alize Cornet, 6-4, 6-2

News and Links:

Mardy Fish talked about his physical and mental struggles on a conference call today. We have quotes from that here.

Steve Tignor’s “Keeping Tabs” summed up the British tabloid coverage of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win.

John Isner posed nude for ESPN’s Body Issue:

Have you ever felt self-conscious about your body?
JI: As a kid, I was a little self-conscious because I was so much taller than everyone. A bad habit of mine used to be slouching. My mom and grandparents would try to get me to stand up straight and have good posture. Eventually, I realized my height was something I couldn’t control, so I might as well accept it. I’ve certainly turned it into a positive, because without my height I probably wouldn’t be as good of a tennis player. It’s a gift, and I’ve made something of it.

As did Agnieszka Radwanska:

What is the one workout or exercise you can’t live without?
AR: Sit-ups, for sure. I like to do more than 300 in a single session. That makes my stomach rock hard. But when I do them, I’m thinking, “I wish this were over” or “Now I can eat more chocolate.”

Over at espnW, a panel discussed whether female athletes will ever be able to play sports without their looks being a talking point.

There is this grating assumption that women want first to be supermodels, and if that dream dies early, they can console themselves by winning the Wimbledon title. At least you might make that assumption when BBC commentator John Inverdale went all “hot or not” on Marion Bartoli after the tournament final.

I mean, how dare Bartoli become an excellent tennis player when she isn’t alluring enough to set one BBC analyst’s heart aflutter? It’s almost as if she thinks tennis is her primary occupation.

Rafael Nadal tried to guess which top tennis players Josh Berry was impersonating:

Tennis on Twitter:

Amy can be spotted on a tennis court in the Philadelphia area, shanking backhand volleys.