Racquet 2 takes a dive into Australasia just in time for the summer Down Under. We take you to the land of a thousand autumns, where Naomi Osaka (right) is part of a new Japanese tennis generation. The Naomi Osaka illustrations (see Gallery Images) are by Bee Johnson and are part of a story by famed tennis writer Louisa Thomas.
We also go to the Middle East, home to the world’s most glamorous tournaments—but little homegrown talent. Of course, we tour Australia, showing you rare photos of on-court battles fought at Kooyong Stadium and reimagining inclusive posters for “Asia’s Slam.”
We catch up with Michael Joyce, journeyman player-turned-coach, who was the subject of perhaps the most celebrated tennis profile of all time: David Foster Wallace’s “The String Theory”; look back on squash’s civil war; and contemplate the waning years of Serena and Obama.
A Major Award!
‘No, we didn’t win one—though we were short-listed and commended for Stack Magazine’s Launch of the Year, and our debut issue made a cute German care about tennis for the first time.’ (From: Racquet-newsletter)