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What Is The Most Mentally Grueling Sport, And Why Is It Not Tennis?

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Last week our own Laura Wagner declared tennis to be the most mentally grueling of all sports, which greatly incensed the rest of us on staff who have borne witness to professional tennis players being tended to by an army of small child servants during matches. So what IS the most mentally grueling of sports? Well, that is the subject of this week’s Deadcast, and we brought on Wagner to make her case against death-defying endeavors such as boxing, rock climbing, and auto racing. The death sports win, imho.

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Drew Magary

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