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November 15, 1976

Tennis Players and Eye Injuries

JAMA. 1976;236(20):2287. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270210019010

To the Editor.—  With the number of tennis players, many inexperienced, increasing rapidly, more injuries related to eye-ball contact (no pun intended) can be expected. The article by Seelenfreund and Freilich entitled "Rushing the Net and Retinal Detachment" (235:2723, 1976) does much to alert physicians to this problem. In addition, a recent book for the tennisplaying public reviews these injuries and the symptoms that should alert a player when to seek medical attention.1However, even the expert player can sustain serious trauma to the eye. In 1912, the world-class player William Laurentz, ranked among the top three in France for a decade, was served a ball that glanced off his racket and struck him in the eye. Subsequently, the eye had to be removed. In spite of this handicap, Laurentz continued to enjoy success in the tennis world, playing Davis Cup competition for several years thereafter.2It would