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Perspective: The Backhand Boys Two generations ago, tennis stars were good for a sneaker endorsement. Today, they've got the balls for much more

In the early 1970s, long before there were high-tech carbon-fiber tennis racquets and nitrogen-pressured tennis balls to help, Roscoe Tanner pioneered the sudden-death serve. He could send the ball screaming…

February 1, 2012, 10:53 PM EST

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