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WIMBLEDON 2017: HOW U.S. MEN'S CONTENDERS AT ALL ENGLAND CLUB HAVE ALMOST DISAPPEARED
BY TEDDY CUTLER ON 7/6/17 AT 9:58 AM



“You are invited to try to imagine what it would be like to be among the hundred best in the world at
something. At anything. I have tried to imagine; it’s hard.”

This is David Foster Wallace, writing near the start of his seminal 1995 essay on tennis. Wallace has been
watching Michael T. Joyce, a Californian playing in the qualifying rounds of the Canadian Open who once
reached a career-high No. 64 in the world. Even to Foster Wallace, a talented amateur, Joyce is unimaginably
talented.

He was also, in the mid-1990s, part of a U.S. men’s tennis scene possessed of incredible depth. Foster Wallace
lists them: Tommy Ho,
Vince Spadea, Jonathan Stark, Robbie Weiss, Steve Bryan—and that’s before you got
to Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

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