Racquet 18
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by Heval Okcuoglu in March 2022
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Racquet is a tennis magazine dedicated to showing an unconventional appreciation of the game. In this issue that includes Martin Parr’s tennis photographs, which focus on the crowds at big events rather than the stars; a profile of the great (and largely unknown) mid-20th-century champion Richard ‘Pancho’ Gonzales; and the metal band named after Alex Corretja, the player who was beaten by a vomiting Pete Sampras. Beautiful and expertly crafted, it’s a refreshingly orignal way of viewing the sport.

David Shaftel

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What is Racquet?
Racquet is a media company that celebrates the art, ideas, style and culture that surround tennis. It is an award-winning print magazine, a platform for broadcast, digital and social content and increasingly, an e-commerce venue for tennis culture.

What makes it different from the rest?
Racquet is the sole media venture about tennis culture.

Who makes Racquet?
David Shaftel & Caitlin Thompson are co-founders and longtime friends and tennis partners.

Who reads it?
Tastemakers, travellers and the cultured in urban centres around the world.

Why do you work in magazines?
The print medium is impactful, meaningful and combats the transience of internet culture.

Aside from the print magazine, what else are you involved in?
See above.

What would you change about Racquet if you could?
We would have more staff.

Where do you see Racquet in five years?
A robust media company with a global footprint.

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