Talk:Rackets (sport)

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A note on my 2006 Feb 01 edits[edit]

I reinserted a statement about rackets being a male-dominated sport. I think the statement is non-POV and fairly relevant (as would a similar statement about American football, or the outdoor heptathlon being a mostly female sport). Personally, I don't particularly care if women want to/do play the sport or not -- I just want an informative encyclopedia entry. My source for the info is a 1978 book by Dick Squires. Because it is several years old, I also searched both the American and UK websites, and could find no picture or mention of women playing the game today. If someone has info otherwise, please feel free to revise the entry.

I concede that as a mainly British game, "rackets" is probably the most common spelling. However, it occurred to me that the word "racquet" referring to the sporting equipment is probably a little more common than (or at least nearly as common as) the commonwealth spelling. My thought was that using the "k" to refer to the game, and "qu" to refer to the equipment, may make the article just a little easier to read -- so I made some spelling changes.

Eoghanacht talk 18:08, 1 February 2006 (UTC)

  • Ah, but is it more common with this type or racket?... Well it's irrelevant, your system may have had the best of meanings but which spelling is more common is more important IMO - rst20xx (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 14:53, 27 January 2008 (UTC)


A note on spelling[edit]

The author of a chapter on the sport wrote as follows in approx. 1905: "I have been impelled by a number of causes to the conclusion that there is some doubt as to my spelling of the word'rackets.' I can only say that, whatever authority there may be to the contrary, there is the highest authority, living and dead, for the spelling which I have adopted." E.O. Pleydell-Bouverie, Tennis Lawn Tennis Rackets Fives, The Badminton Library. Dedans 12:46, 17 February 2007 (UTC)

Another note on spelling![edit]

The obituary of the English cricketer Maurice Foster in the 1941 edition of that most English of books, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, refers to his being "proficient at racquets" [sic]. The obituary is available online, here, though free registration may be needed. Loganberry (Talk) 02:14, 21 September 2007 (UTC)


There's a strange entry in the article: "See Carlow Sports and Social Club". But there's no Wikipedia entry for this, not can I Google it. Neither does there appear ever to have been a racquets court in Carlow. So should it be deleted? Millbanks (talk) 09:14, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

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