Page 79. " a Nick Bollettieri camp in Sarasota "
Nick Bollettieri
Public DomainNick Bollettieri - Credit: David Portnowitz

Nick Bollettieri (born 1931) is an American tennis coach credited with developing many prominent players, including Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Boris Becker, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.


The founding motto of the Enfield Tennis Academy, established by James Orin Incandenza. It translates from Latin to 'They can kill you but they cannot eat you; it's a crime'. 

After his death, control of the ETA is assumed by Dr. Charles Tavis, the adoptive half-brother of Incandenza's wife Avril. He replaces the motto with the more upbeat 'The man who knows his limitations has none'.

Page 98. " Zoltan Csikzentmihalyi "

Student at the Enfield Tennis Academy, most likely named after Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced 'cheek-sent-me-high-ee'), a Hungarian psychology professor. He is best known for inventing the concept of 'flow', a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand, otherwise known as 'being in the zone'. He outlines this theory in 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience', where he opines that people are most happy when they are in a state of flow.

Page 99. " spraying themselves down with Lemon Pledge "

Lemon Pledge is a furniture polish, that is suggested to be a serviceable sunscreen: "It turns out Lemon Pledge, when it's applied in pre-play stasis and allowed to dry to a thin crust, is a phenomenal sunscreen, UV rating like 40+, and the only stuff anywhere that can survive a three-set sweat."

It appears this is a fabrication, as one reader conducted their own research, going so far as to contact the manufacturer SC Johnson for clarification. However the ruse achieved such prominence that bemused U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have received numerous cans of Lemon Pledge, clueless as to why.