Sport: The Latest Racquet

Saul Bellow loves the game. Elvis Presley has his own court. The football teams at Notre Dame and Michigan State practice it as part of their training programs. Illinois Governor-elect James Thompson and Wayne Rogers have learned it and, at a California club partially owned by OJ. Simpson, so have many others. In fact, nearly 3 million people have taken up racquetball—an indoor racquet game played on handball courts—in the past six years, making it the new boom sport of the tennis-conscious '70s. To accommodate it, new courts are rising as quickly—and conspicuously—as the welts caused by the hollow, rubber racquetball.


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