A History of Blacks in Tennis from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams Sisters

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“Congratulations To  the more than 85 black tennis trailblazers  also to Serena Williams on Her 23rd Grand  Slam win at the 2017 Australian Open”

For many fans and writers, Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, and the     Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) personify black achievement in tennis, but more than 85 others  have made their mark as professional tennis players. Charging The Net spotlights a wide range of competitors as well as the American Tennis Association, an organization that supported the players early on despite racial segregation, thanks to such benefactors as Dr. R. Walter Johnson.

The book will also introduce readers to two black officials whose success was short lived; both have sued the United States Tennis Association, alleging discrimination based on race, gender,and age.

Harlem-trained, Harvard-educated James Blake, who achieved a World Top 4 ranking, wrote the forward to Charging The Net. The afterward is written by Robert Ryland, the first black to compete in a major college tennis tournament.

Cecil Harris has written for Newsday, the New York Post, the Sporting News, and USA Today, and has covered tennis for the Indianapolis Star and for Gannett suburban newspapers in New York. His other book Call the Yankees My Daddy: Reflections on Baseball, Race, and Family. He lives in Yonkers, New York.

Larryette Kyle-DeBose  as a player-captain in the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association has won 12 city championships. She has lived and worked as a photojournalist in Swaziland southern Africa and is the author of  real estate book The African-American Guide to Real Estate Investing. She lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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