Daily Briefing: March 25

The stat, quote and read you need to start the day off right.

Stat

Air New Zealand began selling tickets for the first nonstop flight between Auckland and John F. Kennedy International Airport this week. The journey from New Zealand to NYC takes more than 16 hours, but you'll technically arrive only 15 minutes after departure thanks to science. Just in time for second breakfast.

Quote

“I don’t have the physical drive, the emotional want, and everything it takes to challenge yourself at the very top of the level anymore, and I just know that I am spent. I just know physically, I have nothing more to give. That, for me, is success.”

On Wednesday, Ashleigh Barty, the world's top-ranked female tennis player and a Wimbledon champion in 2018, announced her surprise retirement at the age of 25. She dominated the Australian Open in January and won Wimbledon last year; so she's going out on top.

Read

I was going to quit playing Scrabble competitively. Then something utterly nuts happened. (Slate)

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