talking to yourself

Tennis is the sport in which you talk to yourself. No athletes talk to themselves like tennis players. Pitchers, golfers, goalkeepers, they mutter to themselves, of course, but tennis players talk to themselves – and answer. In the heat of a match, tennis players look like lunatics in a public square, ranting and swearing and conducting Lincoln-Douglas debates with their alter egos. Why? Because tennis is so damned lonely. Only boxers can understand the loneliness of tennis players – and yet boxers have their corner men and managers. Even a boxer’s opponent provides a kind of companionship, someone he can grapple with and grunt at.

Andre Agassi


3 thoughts on “talking to yourself

    • Hope and Marge have you read Agassi’s book? It is really good even if you don’t play tennis.
      If you watch tennis on TV and not many do, the players are always yelling at themselves or if they make a good shot giving themselves hi 5’s no doubt Tennis players are a funny bunch. Thank
      heavens I quit and can be sane again. I’m sure I was sane once. Miss you guys. love ya, Annice

      • Annice, I’ve not read the book – but read a review (which is where I obtained his quote) and plan to request it on inter-library loan. The portions that I read in the review were so inspirational . . . and so ‘real’ . . . he wrote so personally (well, of course – it was his book). However, by that I mean that his sincerity and his character and his pain as well as joy was described so vividly. Going to read it!

        I’m sure you were sane once, too, Annice (but I’m not so sure about the rest of us!). Miss you and love you, too (it has been too long!!).

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