The single greatest thing you've ever read/seen (relating to tennis)

#1
For me, it is this paragraph from the legendary article by David Foster Wallace.


But it's better for us not to know the kinds of sacrifices the professional-grade athlete has made to get so very good at one particular thing. Oh, we'll invoke lush clichés about the lonely heroism of Olympic athletes, the pain and analgesia of football, the early rising and hours of practice and restricted diets, the preflight celibacy, et cetera. But the actual facts of the sacrifices repel us when we see them: basketball geniuses who cannot read, sprinters who dope themselves, defensive tackles who shoot up with bovine hormones until they collapse or explode. We prefer not to consider closely the shockingly vapid and primitive comments uttered by athletes in postcontest interviews or to consider what impoverishments in one's mental life would allow people actually to think the way great athletes seem to think. Note the way "up close and personal" profiles of professional athletes strain so hard to find evidence of a rounded human life–outside interests and activities, values beyond the sport. We ignore what's obvious, that most of this straining is farce. It's farce because the realities of top-level athletics today require an early and total commitment to one area of excellence. An ascetic focus [37]. A subsumption of almost all other features of human life to one chosen talent and pursuit. A consent to live in a world that, like a child's world, is very small.

https://www.esquire.com/sports/a5151/the-string-theory-david-foster-wallace/
 
#6
RFed would be on the opposite end of this scale. He is one of the more well rounded athletes, four kids, married to Mirka for many years, parents still sitting next to each other in the stands, can express himself in numerous languages, still loves playing tennis, body holding up well due to solid fundamentals of movement, sponsors many charities, etc., etc., etc. Out of all the athletes on the planet, he's one that isn't all f'ed up and makes a wholesome role model.
 
#7
RFed would be on the opposite end of this scale. He is one of the more well rounded athletes, four kids, married to Mirka for many years, parents still sitting next to each other in the stands, can express himself in numerous languages, still loves playing tennis, body holding up well due to solid fundamentals of movement, sponsors many charities, etc., etc., etc. Out of all the athletes on the planet, he's one that isn't all f'ed up and makes a wholesome role model.
I didn't bother to read his quote when I replied.
I simply answered his topic question. :)

Now that I have read his quote, I find it convoluted and has nothing to do with tennis ironically. :)
 
#8
RFed would be on the opposite end of this scale. He is one of the more well rounded athletes, four kids, married to Mirka for many years, parents still sitting next to each other in the stands, can express himself in numerous languages, still loves playing tennis, body holding up well due to solid fundamentals of movement, sponsors many charities, etc., etc., etc. Out of all the athletes on the planet, he's one that isn't all f'ed up and makes a wholesome role model.
Amen.


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#10
RFed would be on the opposite end of this scale. He is one of the more well rounded athletes, four kids, married to Mirka for many years, parents still sitting next to each other in the stands, can express himself in numerous languages, still loves playing tennis, body holding up well due to solid fundamentals of movement, sponsors many charities, etc., etc., etc. Out of all the athletes on the planet, he's one that isn't all f'ed up and makes a wholesome role model.
Posted in another thread about Top 200 vs. top 10 players:
After talking with him, he said the difference is, that everyone is driven, but most of the guys at the VERY top aren’t just driven, they’re 100% selfish, end-justifies the means type people. Just the ultimate in type A. Said the biggest hurdle from very successful college player to pro, was that you’re not playing for a team anymore. You’re just playing for yourself, and that’s where it really gets dicey. And that’s coming from a guy who has won like $70k prize money in 2 years and has endorsements. Just crazy.
 
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