Note: The truth value of many of these sentences is fading quickly.
“Chokerev,” “Abuserev,” Zverev abused so often on Twitter I never how to respond. Zverev bullied as a diabetic kid. Zverev accused of domestic violence. Zverev smashing his racquet close to the umpire’s legs. I should write about his backhand, the second-best backhand on tour to Djokovic. I could write about his fear of failure, which is not as great as my fear of failure whenever I hit a second serve. At 6’6,” Zverev has one of the best first serves in the world. His second serve, though, is too much like mine: fear causes scar tissue causes fear causes frustration causes anger causes scar tissue causes fear. Zverev hits it too hard as if he’s brave and taking a risk. He hits it too soft as if he’s scared and playing it safe. Is it the mind that haunts the second serve, or the second serve that haunts the mind? I’m going out right now to work on mine. I know Zverev’s working on his.
Alexander Zverev is a US Open Finalist and Olympic Gold Medalist in singles. For more on his career, see his page on Wikipedia.
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