Tennis buds reunite at ATA tournament

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

ATA in need of transfusion as it celebrates 100 years of existence

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

Nicholas Monroe: Doubling up on a professional tennis career

I was watching the recent Miami Open doubles final when it dawned on me that Nicholas Monroe, who was playing alongside Jack Sock, an American ranked No. 16 in the world, may be the only African-American doubles specialist on the ATP World Tour. So I did some research. As far as I could discern, Monroe … More Nicholas Monroe: Doubling up on a professional tennis career

Michael Mmoh: moving on up!

Move over Taylor, Frances, and Reilly…make room for Michael. Michael Mmoh, a talented teenager who grew up in Temple Hills, Md., emphatically declared his emergence as another young black American on the rise in professional tennis with a victory at the Nov. 13 Knoxville Challenger, a second-tier ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) event. Mmoh beat Peter Polansky, 7-5, 2-6, … More Michael Mmoh: moving on up!