The Tennis Star Who Hates Tennis

Andre Agassi — widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time — admitted in his autobiography that he hates tennis "with a dark and secret passion.” Because he was born with spondylolisthesis — a spinal condition that leaves less room for the nerves in the spinal column — the slightest wrong movement can leave him in pain. So, over the course of a career that kept him in constant motion, he had to find ways to cope, including cortisone shots, altering his game, and eventually retiring. In his book, Open, Agassi discusses how he prepared — mentally and physically — for the emotional ambiguity of retiring from a career he both loves and hates. He's not the only star to claim to detest the sport that made them rich and famous. Tennis great Serena Williams has also admitted that she has fallen out of love with the sport. Of course, that hasn’t stopped her from winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles and dominating the sport for the bulk of the 21st century.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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