Sport: The King Is Dead

The game of racquets is for the well-heeled, but not for the idle. The fastest of all court games, it requires cat-quick reflexes, whiplash power, an armful of "bats" (they often break), and a four-walled, 60-by-30-ft. court (cost: $100,000 and up). The idea is to swat a tough little projectile no larger than a ping-pong ball—but wrapped and stitched like a baseball—off the court walls so that it cannot be retrieved on first bounce.* For 15 years the king of U.S. racquets players has been Robert Grant III, now 41, a Wall Street stockbroker...

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