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2010 Medibank International - Day 6

Today’s New York Times online has a lovely article about the importance of touch as a form of non-verbal communication that may enhance sports performance. In the accompanying picture appears a shot of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic giving each other a chest bump during the fund-raising event organized by Roger Federer as a prelude to the Australian Open.

As I read the article I found myself rushing backwards along the traces of a painful memory of my first ever doubles tournament. I’ve talked about this event before and how it shaped my early avoidance of tennis competition. What was different today is that I got a fresh perspective on everything that was wrong with what happened that day, and perhaps why its negative effects for me were so lasting...

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Comment by tennischick on February 25, 2010 at 5:23pm
you're absolutely right. i assumed at the time that he had seen her play singles and knew how strong her game was. it also explained why he hissed instead of speaking out loud so that the opponents might hear. but you're right -- he should have remained impartial. to be honest, that never even occurred to me until this moment.
Comment by Jazz Burks on February 25, 2010 at 12:51am
One question. Why would the chair come down and say "you had no business losing that match"? Being an official shouldn't they be impartial to the match outcome?

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