Letter: The ball is over

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Sir: Further to your correspondence about the Athena "Tennis Girl", I was Athena's PR consultant when the famous poster was published in 1979, and I handled her "coming out" in February 1980 - when she first showed her face to the cameras. Tennis Girl was banned in Bermuda (where bikinis were not allowed) and in the shopping centre in Staines, was adopted as a mascot by the 8th Infantry Brigade when they were serving in Northern Ireland, and was consistently among the best sellers ever since.

How sad to think, after 16 years, she won't be playing any more aces.

Yours sincerely, Andrea Marks Edgware, Middlesex 23 January