Racquet 6 – The Spring 2018 issue
Racquet 6 – We sent our stalwart contributor Andrea Petkovic on the road, gonzo-journalism-style, to document a stretch of a music tour by our favorite dream-pop duo, Tennis (with Polaroids, natch). Also, we ventured south to Ecuador, where artist Vicente Muñoz found legend Andres Gomez in his brutalist home filled with memorabilia—and an extremely memorable tape tower. Then over to China, where Robin Goldstein ensconced himself in a ping-pong paradise.
Without further ado, joining us for the first time as our intrepid newsletter correspondent is Racquet senior editor Ben Rothenberg, who’s going to be shedding some light on the weirder and more entertaining corners of the tennis universe. We’ll let him take it from here: We hope you enjoyed the green-clay season! All one week of it. The soft, grayish, jade-colored stuff is the second-most common surface in the United States, but it’s used at only one tournament all year: the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, where Kiki Bertens took the title.
For a few years in the 1970s, green clay was even used at the U.S. Open. Come for the awesome slo-mo-feeling tennis of the age, stay for the shot of Chris Evert’s mom smoking in the stands as she watches her daughter play against Evonne Goolagong.
There’s just one Stateside tournament left until the tour shifts across the Atlantic for three months, with Nick Kyrgios and a whole slew of American bros teeing off in Houston this week. Houston started off this century as a host of the World Tour Finals, which is only really noteworthy because it meant that Roger Federer wore a cowboy hat. Tennis needs more novelty-hat opportunities.
Also featuring Racquet 6 are Craig E. Shapiro, Gerald Marzorati, Tyler Green, Rodrigo Corral among others.
Racquet has been commended as the Subscriber’s Choice with the Stack Award 2017.