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A. (giggling) Uh-huh.
Q. You're up against someone who plays a dinky game with a lot of cuts and chips, so you'll abandon your natural—
A. Yeah, yeah. (Laughs.)
Q. your natural power game, and chip—
A. Hey, come on. That's it.
Q. chip with him?
A. Oh, that's me. I'm pegged.
Q. You'll be going along beautifully, and all of a sudden you can't get something off your mind and your whole—
A. Oh, you've got it all. (Giggles.) I'll start thinking about anything but the match—girls, a horse race. I don't know. At Sydney this past year, I was playing John Newcombe in the finals. I won the first set. Then all of a sudden I started thinking about this stewardess, Bella, I had met. Oh-h-h-h. She was Miss Trinidad of 1962. I just kept seeing her—this gorgeous face, this beautiful creature—and the next thing I know the match is over and Newcombe's won. And here's how crazy I am, too. I never even took Bella out. I was too scared. I figured she was just too beautiful for me.
Ashe searches for such inadequacies in himself. In the same way, he likes to uncover reasons to fret about the spate of good things that have happened to him. He feels guilty that he won a free college education. He is depressed that he travels all over the world and is no longer impressed by it. He graduated from UCLA in June with a B-minus average and a feeling that he should have done better, since it "came so easy." He seems constantly in pursuit of a trauma, as if concerned over his inability to be disturbed like normal people.