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Invisible Greatness:
Fitness, Diet, and the Open Mind

Nate Chura

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Why does Novak dominate Andy?

In part 1 of this series we heard from some of the smartest people in tennis weighing in on some of invisible factors that make critical contributions to greatness. (Click Here.) Let's continue to explore the mystery in this second article looking at elements including fitness, diet, classical music, and the role of an open mind.

What is Conditioning Really?

When you look at the top-50 tennis players in the world, men and women, they all look incredibly fit and strong. How can you tell which one is "stronger?" Is superior conditioning an invisible element?

Why does Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray? Does strength or conditioning have something to do with it?

Murray is 29 years old, 6'3" tall, and weighs 185 lbs. Djokovic is also 29 years old, 6'2" tall, and weighs 172 lbs. So Murray is an inch taller, weighs 13 pounds more and to appearances seems significantly more muscled. Could those physical differences actually make a difference?

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Nate Chura is a New York tennis pro, writer, and speaker. He is the director of tennis at Onteora Club and head tennis professional at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA, a USPTA Elite certified tennis coach, and certified Dartfish technician. His first novel, The Man in the Barn: Digging Up Lincoln's Killer, was released on the 150th anniversary of John Wilkes Booth's death.


The Man in the Barn: Digging Up Lincoln's Killer

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of the head at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. Afterwards Booth jumped to the stage and shouted, "Sic semper tyrannis," and miraculously managed to flee the capital on horseback with a broken leg. Twelve days later, Union forces surrounded the assassin and shot him dead at Richard Garrett's barn in Virginia. The Man in the Barn: Digging Up Lincoln's Killer is a provocative modern thriller by Nate Chura that explores the mystery behind John Wilkes Booth's death.

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