It is 8:50 a.m., and I have 10 minutes to get to an interview with Frances Tiafoe Sr. Traffic is clogged in all directions amid a nasty late November rain. I have transcended the muttering stage and am now banging on the steering wheel at every stoplight. As I pull into the Tennis Center at … More Interview with the dad of a rising star
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!
Donald Young slugged his way into the second round of the U.S. Open, the tennis Grand Slam finale of the year, and took home a nifty paycheck of slightly more than $77,000. Not bad for what was probably no more than five hours of work at the recently completed event in New York City. Put in perspective, … More DY may have to settle for Top 100
The black tennis world lost a stalwart with the recent passing of Marcus A. Freeman, Jr., who for the past 39 years had published a magazine devoted to the coverage of African Americans in a sport in which they had been largely ignored by mainstream media. Freeman died at his home in Dallas on September 4, 10 days before his 82nd … More Black tennis pioneer will be missed
More than 380 tennis players are expected to compete in the upcoming national championships in South Florida sponsored by the American Tennis Association, the nation’s oldest black sports organization. Unfortunately, I will not be among them. But I am proud to say my name will be among those listed in the Centennial Journal as a member … More ATA set to celebrate 100-year milestone
At this point, the entire tennis world knows of the accomplishments of Serena and Venus Williams at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon, as well as the fact Great Britain’s Andy Murray won his second men’s singles title. So I want to illuminate the achievement of Heather Watson, who became the first British woman of color to win … More Watson makes history at Wimbledon
At the end of the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Serena Williams all but passed the baton of world dominance to the fellow American she had just beaten for the title. “You’re going to be Number 1, for sure,” the 34-year-old Williams told 21-year-old Madison Keys, as they embraced at the net. It was … More Madison moving on up in WTA
She is just 18 years old and already has generated shock and awe on the Women’s Tennis Association world tour with a thundering serve here, a lightning forehand there. If you have not heard of Naomi Osaka, you soon will, regardless of whether you are an ardent tennis fan or just a casual follower of the … More Teen turning heads, raising eyebrows
Led by Serena Williams, African-American women made an impressive showing at the recently completed 2016 French Open, the second of four Grand Slam events on the men’s and women’s professional tour. Of the 18 U.S. women who competed on the red clay at Roland Garros, six, or one-third, were African American. And all but one … More U.S. diversity on display at French Open
My mind was focused on Donald Young for my next blogpost until the other day when one of my hitting buddies posed a distracting question. “So what’s up with Serena?” he asked, as we were about to thwock away on clay. Initially, I dismissed it with a shrug, as I tend to do such questions … More Has Serena’s spark been extinguished?