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July 27, 2022


An outstanding post: bravo. As to who is "the John Ashbery of tennis," that's a good question. Ashbery was a southpaw, so that does link him with Laver, McEnroe and Nadal. Of Aussie Ken Rosewall someone once observed that though he's right-handed he played like a lefty, which puts him in convex mirror territory.

Laver was a lefty too, and was adept on all surfaces. His playing in both the amateur (avant-garde?) and open (mainstream?) is what made me think of him, also, he played with a deadpan face, never letting his emotions show, and has a wry sense of humor...

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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