The Long Rally is on hiatus for the summer but this just means we can keep up with all the tennis action, so the Love Gloom jazz/psych/noise linkdump may just turn into a tennis linkdump before all is said and done.

The String Theory.  A great tennis essay from Esquire, 1996.  I like to read it once/year in the thick of Wimbledon.

And, for good measure, DFW’s perfect piece breaking down Roger Federer’s game.

We lost one of the most ambitious novelists/essayists of our time when DFW checked out, but we also lost one of the greatest tennis writers.