Why do we root for underdogs?

What are the reasons behind this and what are the limits of our support for underdogs?

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Photo by Renith R on Unsplash

This post was inspired by this year’s US Open. In particular, the women’s final between Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez, the first major final between two teens since the 1999 U.S. Open, when Serena Williams, 17, defeated Martina Hingis, 18. Throughout the