Lest anyone should think by the subject matter that I, of all persons, am indulging in an off-topic soliloquy on tennis, the following was actually quoted today by one of the television commentators during the broadcast of the U.S. Open.  The commentator was speaking of Agassi.  Agassi lost.

Between the idea
And the realty...
Falls the shadow
          - T.S. Eliot