I was taken by a comparison in last week’s FM of the fast-growing phenomenon of padel (https://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/features/2024-02-15-padel-south-africas-new-smash-hit/) to tennis in the 1970s.

I was an enthusiastic junior tennis player in the mid-1970s, armed with my wooden Dunlop Maxply racquet and Bata takkies that, much to my poor mother’s dismay, I would duly wear through every three weeks. These were big years for Brocketts Sports Shop which, admirably, was never swallowed up by one of the bigger retail chains...

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