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How Tennis Icon Arthur Ashe Became a Famous Example of Sportsmanship

Arthur Ashe might be the perfect example of an athlete whose impact was just as great off the court. Despite being one of the best tennis players in history, the things Ashe did for social justice and AIDS awareness are just as incredible. Attached to...

Howard High’s Corinne Chau receives regional tennis award

Howard High’s Corinne Chau earned the United States Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Sectional ServeItForward Youth Leader Award after spearheading a fundraising drive to showcase the legacy of those who broke tennis’ color barrier. Chau, who is also a successful volleyball player, received the award for her “Whirlwind...

On lily-white tennis courts, a revolution

Arthur Ashe, the first black tennis player to overcome all manner of discrimination to win the US and Australian Open titles as well as Wimbledon, which he did in 1968, 1970 and 1975 respectively, is the subject of a major new Hollywood movie that is...

Why the IOC ban on protests at Tokyo Games is breathtaking hypocrisy

In a memoir published a few months after Arthur Ashe’s death the tennis champion reflected on one of the most famous demonstrations in sporting history. Tommie Smith and John Carlos made their Black Power salute at the Mexico Olympics in 1968, the year that Ashe...

First Black Tennis Player Althea Gibson Honored at U.S. Open

Long before the exploits of Arthur Ashe or the Williams sisters, Althea Gibson was achieving historic results in the previously all-white world of professional tennis. The 1957-58 AP Female Athlete of the Year, Gibson, a Florida A&M graduate, won the 1956 French Open, and both...