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Roger Federer as Religious Experience - Tennis

Roger Federer as Religious Experience - Tennis
The Moments are more intense if you’ve played enough tennis to understand the impossibility of what you just saw him do. We’ve all got our examples. Here is one. It’s the finals of the 2005 U.S. Open, Federer serving to Andre Agassi early in the fourth set. Anyway, that’s one example of a Federer Moment, and that was merely on TV — and the truth is that TV tennis is to live tennis pretty much as video porn is to the felt reality of human love. Journalistically speaking, there is no hot news to offer you about Roger Federer. This present article is more about a spectator’s experience of Federer, and its context. Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The human beauty we’re talking about here is beauty of a particular type; it might be called kinetic beauty. Of course, in men’s sports no one ever talks about beauty or grace or the body. July 9’s men’s final, though, is everyone’s dream.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/20/sports/playmagazine/20federer.html?pagewanted=all

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