Blacks at the Net: Black Achievement in the History of Tennis, Volume 1

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Syracuse University Press, 2006 - Social Science - 294 pages
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This is an unprecedented look at the rich history of blacks on U. S. tennis courts. While much has been written about black triumphs in boxing, baseball, and other sports, little has been said of similar accomplishments in tennis. In this book, the first is the first volume dedicated to that subject, Sundiata Djata more than cites facts and figures, he explores obstacles to such performance such as the discrimination that kept blacks out of pro tennis for decades. He examines the role that this white sport traditionally played in the black community. And he provides keen insights into the politics of professional sports and the challenges faced by today's black players. Drawing on original and published interviews, life writings, and newspaper articles, the author offers an in-depth look at black participation in tennis: from the first courts in Tuskegee in 1880, to players Reginald Weir and Gerald Norman, Jr., who challenged racism in the U. S. Lawn Tennis Association in the 1920s; from Harlem teen Bob Ryland's historic match with two white women in 1944 to the achievements of acclaimed later stars like Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Yannick Noah, and Venus and Serena Williams. volumes will cover identity and black tennis in aboriginal Australia, North and South Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. It is an ideal read for tennis players, sports historians, readers of black history and/or black sports figures, and all who are interested in the sport.
 

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Djata (African & African American sports history, North Illinois Univ.) provides a historical survey of black participation in the sport of tennis, focusing in this volume on the United States. (A ... Read full review

Contents

The American Tennis Association and the Early Years
1
Althea Gibson The Jackie Robinson of Tennis?
28
Arthur Ashe Citizen of the World
42
A New Horizon
69
The Houston Triumvirate
88
The PostSoul Era
107
The Additional Burden of the Professional Black Player
142
Racism in Tennis
162
ATA Championship Singles
221
World Rankings of Black Players 19791992
224
USTA Circuit Winners and RunnersUp
226
Some of the Best Matches by Black Players 19572001
229
The Results of the First Annual Southern Tennis Championships July 911 1630
232
Notes
233
Glossary
261
Bibliography
263

USTA Minority Participation
199
Conclusion
216

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