If you had asked me before the start of this year’s US Open tennis tournament if I thought a teenager had a shot at winning the women’s title, I would have answered enthusiastically without hesitation in the affirmative. But neither Emma Raducanu, the 18-year-old Brit who won it, nor Leylah Fernandez, the 19-year-old Canadian who … More US Open draw raises eyebrows, questions
Two years ago, Washington D.C. area tennis fans were abuzz with anticipation of seeing teen sensation Cori “Coco” Gauff perform at the Citi Open, following her improbable fourth-round run at the Wimbledon Championships, which included a stunning upset of her idol Venus Williams. But when the curtains closed on opening day of the D.C. tennis … More Hailey Baptiste flying high under the radar
Every time I watch Cori “Coco” Gauff play a tennis match, there comes a point where I find myself marveling over the fact this rising talent is still just a teenager. It is an awesome moment of reflection because inherent in the realization that Gauff is just 17 is an exciting anticipation that the best … More Coco Gauff ready for the red clay in Paris
When I heard that Cecil Harris had another book on black tennis coming out, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Once I did, I was not disappointed. The 243-page book, Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, and the Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution, was everything I had hoped for and pleasantly more. Harris puts … More New book puts fresh spin on black tennis
At the beginning of the 2020 Australian Open tennis tournament, Rajeev Ram held a streak he was elated to see broken at the end. Ram had competed in 57 ATP major men’s doubles tournaments without ever making it to a final. In his 58th event, he and Britain’s Joe Salisbury not only reached the final … More For Rajeev Ram, the 58th time is a charm!
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
At the conclusion of the 2017 US Open Women’s tennis championships, I wrote about a young phenom who had just competed in the girls title match. Her name was Cori “Coco” Gauff, and she was 13. Let me repeat that: She was 13! The youngest girls’ finalist ever. At the time, I was struck by … More Coco’s Wimbledon run a preview of what’s to come
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
After Venus Williams lost in the first round of this year’s Australian Open, I found it hard to imagine her at age 37 having as good a season as she did in 2017. But her run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells, considered the fifth Grand Slam tournament on the professional tennis tour, once again … More Venus continues to show resilience
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?