The various stages of the Roger Federer/Uniqlo launch in late August 2018, a week before the U.S. Open

There is something profoundly humbling about being reduced to a mere mortal after having a press pass. The only way to explain the loss of access is to compare it to the cliché of Superman losing his powers to a dose of Kryptonite. But even when Superman wasn’t Superman, he still had Clark Kent to fall back on, and Clark Kent had access.

Freelancers don’t have that luxury — or legitimacy. So there I was at the…