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Arienna Lee is a psychologist and storyteller in the Northern California. She writes about tennis and the psychology of tennis. She likes long walks on the beach, fist-pumps, and one-handed backhands.

Alive Verse

Alive Verse

The Championships at Wimbledon, 2014 Men’s Final [1] Novak Djokovic def. [4] Roger Federer 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4 A little less than a fortnight ago, on a drizzly afternoon in London—which also happened to be a gray, foggy early ...

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Unforgettable Forever

Unforgettable Forever

2014 Roland Garros Men’s Final [1] Rafael Nadal def. [2] Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Once, years ago, I heard a horse racing enthusiast quip that races aren’t really decided by the horses, or even the trainers or the ...

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His Heart’s His Mouth

His Heart’s His Mouth

Rome Masters, Men’s Final [2] Novak Djokovic def. [1] Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 “He would not flatter Neptune for his trident, Or Jove for’s power to thunder. His heart’s his mouth: What his breast forges, that his tongue must ...

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Sterner Stuff

Sterner Stuff

Madrid Open, Men’s Final [1] Rafael Nadal def. [10] Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 There are many reasons I enjoy watching tennis, not least among them is that tennis is a form of theater. The drama is frequently compelling, the ...

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The Eighth Wonder of the Learned Alchemists

The Eighth Wonder of the Learned Alchemists

Monte Carlo Masters 2014: A round-about wrap-up & some psychology. Near the middle of the day, near the middle of last week, I opened my internet browser to the news that Gabriel Garcia Márquez had died at the age of 87. ...

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Tears and Laughter

Tears and Laughter

The 2014 Australian Open Finals Li Na [4] def. Dominika Cibulkova [20] 7-6(3), 6-0 Stanislas Wawrinka [8] def. Rafael Nadal [1] 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 At some point in the twelve months between the day Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka lost ...

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Wabi-Sabi and Spider Bites

Wabi-Sabi and Spider Bites

The Australian Open 2014 Men’s Semifinals Stanislas Wawrinka [8] def. Tomas Berdych [7] 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 7-6(4) Rafael Nadal [1] def. Roger Federer [6] 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3   The redback spider, Latrodectus hasselti, is a species of venomous spider indigenous to Australia. ...

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An Elemental Truth

An Elemental Truth

The 2014 Australian Open Men’s Quarterfinals, and Other Observations Tomas Berdych [7] def. David Ferrer [3] 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Stanislas Wawrinka [8] def. Novak Djokovic [2] 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 Rafael Nadal [1] def. Grigor Dimitrov [22] 6-3, ...

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Curious About Pleasure

Curious About Pleasure

Australian Open 2014, Second Round, Days 3 and 4 Florian Mayer def. [14] Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sam Querrey def. Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 [3] Maria Sharapova def. Karin Knapp 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 [6] Roger Federer ...

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A Few Words of Advice

A Few Words of Advice

The 2014 Australian Open Men’s Draw, and Vacation Planning. As those close to me already know, despite feigning indifference to the world of tennis for some months now—mostly in the form of not writing about it, and by canceling the ...

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