April 21

Objectively speaking, there’s no hope of recovering from a 0-40 deficit. But let’s analyse deeper. It got that way through a series of tiny actions, like losing the last point because the ball was just barely out of bounds. But thinking this way leads to a breakdown in a player’s sense of agency. Even in a state of hopelessness, if the players find it within themselves to stay engaged, they can return to a flow state. Sometimes they even feel confident that they will even the score.

Kimiko Date, “Cheerful and Competitive