The beauty of improvisation under pressure, the wonder of an opponent’s acknowledgement in the form of a smile. The wonder of civilized competition. No other sport does it better than tennis. Even when it gets out of hand (see McEnroe, Ivanisevic, Kyrgios, Williams, Ivanovic) it’s two steps ahead of everything else.
Only the currently illegal custom of dueling could compare.
Better this way. Cleaner in so many ways. Tennis. A progressive world’s traditional platform, an appropriate vent for heated competition. A microcosm and diorama of the ideal human condition.