Now The Ball Is In Tennis' Court

When the tennis boom peaked in 1978, more than 35 million Americans played the game. It was still the era of wooden rackets, and a record 8 million were snatched up in 1976, mostly by the baby boomers who fueled the growth of the sport. Waiting lines were a common sight at public courts, the legendary Chris Evert-Martina Navratilova rivalry was starting to sizzle, and a brash, young upstart named John McEnroe was launching his assault on the domination of Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors.

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