I want to give a high five and a fist bump to former WTA player Leslie Allen for her rebuke of a recent statement released by the United States Tennis Association during the surge of protests ignited by the brutal killing of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis cop. The death of Floyd … More USTA omits its past in statement on race
Serena’s early exit. Coco’s big win. Another Sloane slump. Or Donald Young’s plunge into obscurity. Any one of those storylines could have been suitable for a blog on the 2020 Australian Open from a black perspective. But I chose to focus on Taylor Townsend, a 23-year-old Chicago-born lefty, who reached the second round of the … More Taylor Townsend finding her groove
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?
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
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
Obviously, the highlight of the 2017 Australian Open was the women’s championship match between Serena and Venus Williams. It was a match for the ages in more ways than one. For black tennis fans, the final was a thrilling prelude to Black History month, with Serena again rewriting the books by becoming the all-time Grand … More Thoughts on the Australian Open