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“Se c'è un libro in grado di dividere i lettori fra chi rischia di contrarre in una forma o nell'altra il morbo del tennis, e chi invece ne risulta immune, è questo. Dove si rivive, un punto dopo l'altro, la semifinale di Forest Hills 1968 fra Arthur Ashe e Clark Graebner – la prima disputata da un tennista nero agli albori dell'èra Open, ma anche e soprattutto la prima partita di tennis raccontata dall'interno del luogo enigmatico e fino ad allora inesplorato che il gioco abita, e spesso devasta: la mente del tennista. Guardandola per caso alla CBS, John McPhee era subito rimasto incantato dal magnifico arabesco che i colpi dei due protagonisti­ – diversi in tutto, e in primo luogo nello stile – disegnavano sul­l'erba. Ma rivedendo il match insieme a Ashe e Graebner – ascoltandone i racconti, trascrivendone le reazioni – McPhee lo ha poi ricostruito, in «Livelli di gioco», con due soli accorgimenti: la demoniaca accuratezza descrittiva che ha fatto di lui una leggenda della narrativa americana, e i veri ingredienti del tennis: collera, spavento, esaltazione, freddezza, sconforto, orgoglio. Gli stessi che qualche mese prima McPhee aveva scoperto vivendo per quindici giorni a pochi centimetri di distanza dal prato su cui il tennis moderno è nato, per ascoltare e poi ritrarre dal vero, nel secondo pezzo che compone questo libro, uno dei suoi personaggi più indimenticabili: Robert Twynam, giardiniere capo di Wimbledon.

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Readers' opinions about Tennis by John McPhee

I'm already planning to reread this book. It's one of those stories that you can revisit again and again, discovering new layers of meaning each time.

The characters in this book felt like old friends, and I was sad to say goodbye to them at the end. It's a testament to the author's talent for creating memorable and relatable personas.

I must confess, this book made me shed tears like never before. The themes of love, loss, and resilience struck a chord with my soul. It was an emotional journey I'm grateful to have taken.

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