A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 6, 1976

One day last winter, Senior Editor Timothy Foote found himself playing mixed doubles with a new partner. "She was a really strong and steady player," he recalls, "but well along in the match, she began going to pieces." Foote was puzzled by her collapsing performance until she whispered to him, looking at their male opponent on the other side of the net, "He frightens me."

Fascinated by that episode of psyching, Foote began to muse on the emotional pitfalls that can undo even the steadiest of players, and decided that the subject was ripe...

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