When Katrina Adams was named president and CEO of the United States Tennis Association in 2015, becoming the first Black person to lead the 135-year-old organization, my mind flashed back to when we met about two years earlier. The occasion was a reception for tennis legend Billie Jean King at the National Press Club where … More Katrina Adams at the top of her game
It has been a pleasure watching Chanda Rubin grow as an analyst on Tennis Channel. She adds a wonderful blend of insight and perspective to the network’s match commentary. Yet, as I tried to connect Rubin’s keen knowledge of the rigors and nuances of professional tennis with her own career, I realized I had forgotten … More BTHF deserves award of its own
When I asked tennis pro Julien Delaine if he knew Bobby Johnson Jr., the sparkle in his eyes told me the question had struck gold. “Yeah, man!” Julien said excitedly, adding that anyone who hung around the tennis courts at 16th and Kennedy streets in Washington, D.C., had to know Bobby Johnson Jr. and his … More Son of legendary Dr. J deserves own page in annals of black tennis history
At the end of this year’s Citi Open, I began drafting a blogpost on how far Donald Young had fallen in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings. But I procrastinated…and now I’m glad I did. As I thought about it, I realized that was too easy a story and maybe a cheap shot. After … More Donald Young overcoming another slump
If you’ve been following this blog, you probably have figured out I am a big fan of Frances Tiafoe, the 20-year-old rising tennis star from Hyattsville, Md. He is having an amazing season in his third year on the ATP World Tour with a 20-12 record so far. He clinched his first title in March, … More Black Canadian creating lots of buzz
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?