Issue #133: A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love

It always gives me great pleasure to introduce a debut writer. So, ahem! Readers, pay attention: Here comes Cheston Knapp. One Story is lucky to be publishing his first short story, and I know that there will be many more to come. And you, happy subscribers, will be able to tell your friends that you read him first. “A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love”starts in the real world–a famous tennis match that occured on July 2, 2001 between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Cheston Knapp has taken this event, meticulously recreated it and at the same time, added his own sub-plot. A love triangle between two ball boys and a ball girl, working the game. We’re introduced to William Able, and follow him point by excruciating point as he plays an entirely different kind of match against the girl he loves. These two stories, fiction and non-fiction, cross  into a tightly woven tapestry of tragedy and loss, triumph and defeat. Take a look at the trailer Cheston Knapp created for issue #133, below, and be sure to read his Q&A with us on how he wrote the story (which includes references to Heidegger as well as a very cool self-portrait). If you like tennis, you will enjoy reading this story, and even if you know nothing about the sport (like me), you will still love it. In “A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love,” Cheston Knapp has made a fantastic debut, and served his readers an ace.

3 thoughts on “Issue #133: A Minor Momentousness in the History of Love

  1. This is such a great story – clever, charming, laugh out loud funny. The narrator’s voice is so enjoyably teenage male, with his irreverence, jokes about grundles and “tennis balls slung in testicular pairs.” And so boldly American among the Brits. I love tennis and I’m a big Federer fan, but who knew tennis could be so exciting on paper? Truly a pleasure to read and I can’t wait for more from Cheston Knapp.

  2. I’m sorry, I just didn’t get this one. I found the writing convoluted and strained, to the point of being unreadable. (“These people have assembled slowly and in his or her own way, under such an uncertain sky, to form a crowd here at Centre Court, to watch as the champ continues his march to defend his title and step further into History.”) Tennis fans might enjoy this piece – story fans probably won’t.

  3. I was actually impressed at how the author meshed fiction and non-fiction to create a character like William Able with his unattainable desire of trying to get back with his old girlfriend only to find himself clinging to the success of a tennis player like Sampras, while at the same time rallying against Federer b/c his ex-girl likes him. Not to mention Federer being everything he is not; young, successful, and famous. The character wants Federer to lose b/c then it would serve as a symbol to his ex that she was a fool to leave him, but Federer’s win and his ex walking off the court with her new man served as a symbol to William Able that it was over and it was time to move on.
    I really liked Cheston’s ability to describe certain things and situations; Delectable Mountains instead of saying breast and his description of a serve from Sampras, “His toss is high, his empty face follows the ball up and his motion is easy and fluid, calm and graceful in its choreography”
    Also, I agree with eMood, the author made reading about tennis as fun as one would have watching it. I hope Cheston Knapp’s next story is as good as this one.

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