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Daily Dispatch: Taylor Townsend to Skip Australian Open Qualifying Due to Lack of Funding

As per Tennis Alternative, although she was offered a wildcard as last year’s junior champion, American Taylor Townsend will not travel to the Australian Open to play senior qualifying because she lacks funding to do so.

Someone from GQ mentioned Andy Murray in an article called “Beefcake of the Year” for some reason.

Greg Daniels, creator of NBC’s “The Office,” has sold a comedy show about a tennis pro to Fox. Per Hollywood Reporter:

The untitled single-camera comedy revolves around Richie, a mediocre professional tennis player who returns to his college town — the scene of his greatness — in order to reboot his life. There, he’s caught between a lifestyle he never got to live — embodied by his carefree, bar owning younger brother Tom — and Kristen, the love of his life whom he’ll have to grow up for in order to get.

Swiss No. 2 Stan Wawrinka talked to Svenja Mastroberardino of about his preparation and goals for 2013, along with some other topics. (In German.)

The ATP released a statement stating their disapproval of the new US Open schedule changes for 2013, which move the men’s final to Monday.

Aussie Casey Dellacqua, who was set to pair up with Bernard Tomic to play Hopman Cup, is out of the tournament due to a foot injury. Her replacement has not yet been announced.

The events in Connecticut hit close to home for Andy Murray, who was a pupil at Dunblane Primary School in 1996 when a gunman entered the school and shot 16 children and one adult. Via Courtney Nguyen, here’s a video of ESPN’s documentary on Andy Murray and the tragic events in his hometown:

Among French tennis players and coaches, there is concern that the injured Gael Monfils is privately struggling.

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