As I savor the recent success of rising young tennis phenoms Frances Tiafoe and Naomi Osaka, my thoughts keep shifting to the blockbuster movie “Black Panther.” The Marvel production about a black superhero has enjoyed unprecedented crossover appeal, packing movie theaters from California to Calcutta and grossing more than a billion dollars at the box … More The future is now for Tiafoe and Osaka
After Venus Williams lost in the first round of this year’s Australian Open, I found it hard to imagine her at age 37 having as good a season as she did in 2017. But her run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells, considered the fifth Grand Slam tournament on the professional tennis tour, once again … More Venus continues to show resilience
One of the first things I do whenever I go home to Cleveland is call my best friend Rimp to set up some tennis court time. I can always count on getting in a good hitting session with Rimp, even though he may not have played since the last time I was there. That could … More Can Sloane Win Another Slam?
At the end of last year’s US Open, I posted a piece on a 13-year-old black tennis phenom named Cori Gauff, who had blown through the girl’s junior tournament to reach the finals. I had not heard of Cori until reports tracking her progress began popping up in my email basket. The sender was Black Tennis … More Black Tennis Magazine is back — and busy
The first time I saw Christopher Eubanks on a tennis court I nearly gasped in fear. Here was this stick-figure – all arms and legs and a head – with a tennis racquet in his hands. I worried if he fell, the court would be littered with his shattered bones. And, as if his lack of … More Georgia Tech star turns pro
As the curtain descends on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) 2017 season, it appears rising American star Frances Tiafoe has secured his spot among the top 100 players in the world. The Hyattsville, MD., native was ranked No. 78 entering the final week. That’s quite an accomplishment for the 19-year-old Tiafoe, who turned pro … More Tiafoe falls short of 2017 goals, but proves he is ready for the show
As I sat emotionally caught up in the touching embrace between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys following their milestone US Open championship match, I thought to myself it couldn’t get any better than this for black tennis fans as a wrap to the biggest Grand Slam tournament of them all. But, the next day, it … More Cori Gauff: The Next GOAT?
History was made at this year’s US Open tennis championships, but you will have to dig deep to find any mention of it in mainstream media. For the first time ever, three of the four women playing in the women’s singles semi-finals were African American – Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams. The fourth … More Madison, Sloane, Venus make history at US Open championships
I was trolling for blog material midway through the recently completed American Tennis Association (ATA) national championships when I spotted Will and Pharoah casually hitting balls and chatting. It wasn’t long before I sensed they were reminiscing about old times. “You always had the cuter girl,” I heard Pharoah say at one point. When they … More Tennis buds reunite at ATA tournament
I recently renewed my membership in the American Tennis Association (ATA), the nation’s oldest black sports organization, but I must confess my enthusiasm was nowhere near as high as it was when I first joined in April of 2016. Since then, I have experienced one disappointment after another, including never having received a membership card. … More ATA in need of transfusion as it celebrates 100 years of existence