“Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.”
I’m not a particularly devout tennis fan. In fact, I call pretty much all athletic competition sportsball, because I don’t have to keep track of as much stuff that way. But David Foster Wallace’s essays can always make topics I find completely uninteresting completely spellbinding. In light of Federer apparently doing something interesting lately, the NYTimes is republishing DFW’s essay on the tennis player here.