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A quarterly print publication that does justice to the game we love—from tennis' buccaneering past to its modern global culture.
A quarterly print publication that does justice to the game we love—from tennis' buccaneering past to its modern global culture.
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Racquet is a new, quarterly tennis magazine launching this summer. It will feature the best of in-depth writing about modern tennis culture—art, fashion, history and photography, all presented in a collectible print magazine.

Nothing like this exists.

We’re launching Racquet because there isn’t a publication that does justice to the game we love. We want to celebrate the cultural diversity found in and around the modern game as well as the forgotten stories from the pro game’s buccaneering past. 

Who's on Team Racquet?

Racquet is the work of a small edit team: Caitlin Thompson, David Shaftel, Larry Buchanan & the Women's Tennis Association's Courtney Nguyen. We’ve got experience at big publications: TIME, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Grantland, to name a few. We've been named checked in Sport's Illustrated's Tennis Podcast, and we've got a storied band of advisors, led by former Esquire editor in chief, David Granger.

The amazing chain of ACE hotels will be a distribution partner for us, and we've got some of the best tennis writers contributing as well as well-known writers who don’t normally write about tennis, but are fascinated by it. Our debut issue will feature original writing from Sasha Frere-Jones, Gerald Marzorati, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Carole Bouchard, Thessaly La Force as well as original illustrations by Bill Sullivan. Their work will be surrounded by great contemporary art design, and photography as well as amazing archival material we've unearthed - thanks in particular to a collaboration with the illustrious International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Why print?

But Racquet is about more than just tennis. It represents the first step in a new model of publishing and journalism in print. Because Racquet’s priority will be on a selling a beautiful physical edition, the magazine will not be beholden to the digital-centric model of publishing and advertising that is diluting the quality of so much current journalism.

Risks and challenges

Because Caitlin and Dave - as well as their collaborators Larry Buchanan, Courtney Nguyen and spiritual guide David Granger, former EIC of Esquire Magazine - all have experienced backgrounds in media, we've had a rewarding time compiling what we think is incredibly compelling editorial material.

What we don't know much of anything about is printing - we're doing our research meticulously so that we end up working with the best partners to give us a quality product that we can put in front of our readership. For that reason, we're looking to solely raise funds to cover the cost of printing 10k copies of the first two issues of Racquet, which ends up being at least $25k per issue. We're smart people who aren't afraid to ask questions and work relentlessly, but we want to make sure we get this right so that we can serve a healthy community of tennis fans now and well into the future.

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    Premiere issue of Racquet magazine—a beautiful, dare we say collectible—print experience.

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    A Year of Racquet: a four-issue subscription to the magazine, and a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue! Great for reading on the beach or placing just so on your coffee table.

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    Tennis micro-lesson with Caitlin - send me a picture/video/very descriptive email about your tennis malady and get some tips on whatever it is you need to improve. I will be firm but kind.

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    A limited edition silkscreen poster, designed in collaboration with our art director Larry Buchanan. Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    One ticket to a launch party—locations(s) TBD! Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    A newly minted Racquet T-shirt, and a limited edition silkscreen poster, both designed in collaboration with our art director Larry Buchanan. Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    Appearance and/or segment of your choice on the Main Draw tennis podcast. Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    "Melbourne' edition of Forest Hills, by artist and Racquet contributor, Bill Sullivan. This beautiful limited edition consists of two inkjet prints on heavy rag paper, each mounted on a wood panel, with a copy of the Forest Hills book inside one of the panels.”

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    A personalized, hourlong tennis lesson with Racquet co-founder Caitlin Thompson. Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    US Open Celebration meal for four at Inday restaurant in New York City, where Karma is served daily. Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue.

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    Two tickets to the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and a private tour of the archives with ITHF staff in Newport, Rhode Island (travel not included). Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    One ticket to the Stella Artois Grass Court Championships at Queens Club
    tennis tournament in London, UK (airfare not included). Plus A Year of Racquet magazine, with a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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    Grand Slam Tennis Tour US Open Package: Two tickets to the 2016 US Open, hotel accommodations, round trip transfers to the tennis venue, luxury suite access and a welcome dinner with past tennis champions (a $3,000 value - airfare not included).

    Plus, A Year of Racquet: a four-issue subscription to the magazine, and a place on our founding contributors page in the first issue!

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