As the UK experiences the last throes of winter (hopefully), we dip our toe into a particularly chilling episode from tennis history. Cast your mind back to 1938: Europe is teetering on the brink of cataclysmic war, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is blowing minds around the world, László Bíró has just patented his pen (finally giving people the chance to chew on something while thinking) and someone thought it would be a capital idea to play tennis… on ice.
We love British Pathé newsreels here at Tennis Talent and this one’s a corker, complete with clipped voiceover, tennis players in full suits, awkward posing and a pinch of slapstick comedy for good measure. They even roped in then world champion figure skater Megan Taylor to be the umpire. Ah, those were the days.