“Richard Krajicek, a six-foot-five-inch Dutchman, ...wears a tiny white billed hat in the sun and rushes the net like it owes him money and in general plays like a rabid crane.” —David Foster Wallace, “The String Theory,” Esquire, July 1996
Well, Krajicek won at Wimbledon that year, didn’t he? So I guess something in his method must have worked.
Still, quite a description of an athlete—and probably part of the reason why Wallace remains a major reader favorite nearly eight years after his tragic suicide.
(Photo of Richard Krajicek taken at Aegon International Tennis Eastbourne, June 2011, by Andrew Campbell.)