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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