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Rome’s gladitorial arena

5 May

Rome Foro ItalicoAustralian tennis great Paul McNamee gives a poetic account of what it’s like to play in Rome’s Foro Italico, in a recent online article.  McNamee, who was the world’s best doubles player back in 1981, describes the Roman experience as if he were a gladiator entering the Coliseum: “Firstly, you depart from the locker room into a long, winding and lonely tunnel, in which you can’t help but think of the ancient Christians! You emerge into a sudden burst of light and sunshine, and if you’re playing an Italian, quite possibly into a nightmare. ” Great stuff.

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