Levels of the Game by John McPhee

  1. Story told of Ashe vs. Graebner during their US Open semi-final with some of their background and thoughts intertwined
Key Takeaways
  1. “A person’s tennis game begins with his nature and background and comes out through his motor mechanisms into shot patterns and characteristics of play. If he is deliberate, he is a deliberate tennis player; and if he is flamboyant, his game is too.”
  2. You have to care about anything you do, you come to appreciate excellence for excellence’s sake
What I got out of it
  1. Interesting story about Ashe and Graebner which helps the reader gain some more insight about these two players and the differences from their childhood, beliefs and tennis games