After watching silver-haired Rubye Stevens chase down a lob and send it back to her opponents’ baseline, then scamper to mid-court for an overhead put-away on the next ball, I could not help but wonder how old she was. When I asked during a break in action, she feigned being offended before telling me she … More Tennis keeps these seniors on their toes
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
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?
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
Frances Tiafoe is working it — both on and off the tennis court! The 19-year-old Hyattsville, Md., native has won just two of nine matches on the ATP World Tour this season, yet he has soared 45 spots in the men’s singles rankings. As of June 19, Tiafoe was perched at No. 63, his highest rank … More Tiafoe continues to rise, shine as ATP pro
Tauheed Browning was adrift in the second set of his semi-final match and had lost his service-break advantage when suddenly he made an eye-popping play that punctuated his No.1 ranking in this USTA 14 and under national tournament. His opponent sent a high top-spin drive deep to Tauheed’s backhand side. The top-seeded kid from Philadelphia … More Philly teen has big time potential
Alice Lee was watching the kids warm up their tennis strokes recently when her thoughts focused on the 10-year-old girl in the pink top and dark blue pants, who obviously was enjoying the company of her fellow juniors as they took turns hitting forehands and backhands, some a little more skillfully than others. Lee remarked on … More Ten-year-old finds courage in tennis
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