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    Rafael Nadal is a professional tennis player. He is a twenty nine year Spaniard. At this time, Nadal is ranked number eight in the world. Since turning pro in 2001, he has won countless tournaments. A few of these tournaments include: the French Open, the US Open, and Wimbledon. After watching the US Open these past two weeks, I decided to write this paper on him because he a very well-known athlete due to a particular set of rituals that he performs before and during his matches. Rafael Nadal’s rituals and traditions make him very unique in the tennis world. These rituals primarily consist of nineteen actions that take place during his matches. Rafael is known for his tediousness on a tennis court. He is often looked upon as an obsessive compulsive player. Although this accusation may or may not be true, he does follow a strict set of rituals that he must perform during every match. One of his most well-known rituals will not allow him to step on any of the lines during his matches (The Definitive Guide 2014). He will double step or even jump to avoid touching the lines when not in a point. When he must step over a line, he will step first with his right foot. (The Definitive Guide 2014).Another rule of his pertains to his warm up. At the start of every match, he must walk onto the court holding one of his racquets in his hand (The Definitive Guide 2014). This particular ritual especially separates him from any other tennis player. Most professionals will walk out…

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    The Way It Haunted Me People say that good things always come in pairs, but what about bad things too? My parents, sister and I decided to visit Cedar Point during what I like to call a dark fall. The days were hazy and honeyed, and cinnamon and pomegranate aroma filled the air. The skies were always awake and illuminated with the never-ending thunderstorms, and murky rains; the scattered leaves were luminescent in their yellows, reds, and purples as if they forgot they were about to die. That…

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