Black History Month

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USTA.com celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and USTA.com celebrates by looking at the impact and achievements of African Americans in our great sport of tennis.

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Players throughout history

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Check out USTA.com's Black History Month photo gallery, featuring tennis greats Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, James Blake, Venus and Serena Williams, as well as rising stars Sloane Stephens, Taylor Townsend, Francis Tiafoe and more.

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the 2011 US Open

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First Lady Michelle Obama started playing tennis after she finished Harvard Law School but had always wanted to attend the US Open. She was finally able to make it to the event for the very first time in 2011.

Court 3K celebrated in Atlanta

The USTA celebrated the refurbishment and creation of a record 3,000 tennis courts in 2011 at Grove Park in Atlanta, Ga.

Videos

2012 Australian Open: Taylor Townsend Interview

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Rising star Taylor Townsend talks about sweeping the girls' singles and doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open.

2012 Australian Open: Sloane Stephens Interview

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Sloane Stephens talks with USTA.com special correspondent Craig Gabriel following her close second-round loss to Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova at the 2012 Australian Open.

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The Williams Sisters: Rise to Stardom

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Venus and Serena Williams have combined to win 24 Grand Slam singles championships, 13 majors in doubles and five Olympic gold medals, blazing a path for future generations of African-American tennis players.​ Read More
 

The Next Generation

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Venus and Serena Williams and James Blake are among the most well-known African-Americans to have etched their way into the tennis history books. But they may soon have company. There are a number of young up-and-comers on the horizon who are poised for big things in the years to come. Read More
 

MaliVai Washington: Developing the Future

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Former Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington has been a crusader for youth players for two decades, bringing tennis to underprivileged kids in the city of Jacksonville, Fla. Read More
 

Althea Gibson: Somebody Special

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She just wanted to be somebody. For Althea Gibson, it was an equally simple and impossible quest. She had the talent, certainly. She was, as she many times described herself, “a born athlete.” But she also was born into a time when the color of your skin could limit your opportunities to showcase your talents. Read More
 

Arthur Ashe: A Man in Full

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Arthur Ashe remains, to this day, one of the most revered athletes in the history of sport. His accomplishments are legend, his enduring legacy one of integrity, dignity, grace and class. Read More
 

Robert Walter Johnson: The Teacher

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Dr. Robert Johnson was, first and foremost, a teacher. And he was perhaps the most formative one in the history of African-American tennis. His students included Grand Slam titlists Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe as well as countless young black players who traveled to his home in Lynchburg, Va., to learn from the physician who turned a backyard tennis court into a training ground for future champions – and a catalyst for change. Read More
 
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National Junior Tennis & Learning

2012 Arthur Ashe Essay & Art Contest

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Enter and you could win a trip to New York for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day! If you are an NJTL participant, then write or draw your answer to the following question: "If Arthur Ashe was alive today, what do you think would give him hope?"

What is USTA/NJTL?

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Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder, the NJTL network is a nationwide group of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education.

ArthurAshe.org

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The Arthur Ashe official website provides a unique resource for understanding and promoting the legacy and values embodied in the life and work of Arthur Ashe as a conscience leader, humanitarian, educator and athlete.

Profiles

Arthur Ashe

The USTA celebrates the life of Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was one of tennis’ greatest ambassadors both on and off the court. Learn more about Arthur Ashe, his success on the court and his accomplishments in life.

Althea Gibson

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Althea Gibson blazed a trail for tennis players -- Arthur Ashe, Leslie Allen, Zina Garrison, Venus and Serena Williams -- and inspired countless others in all walks of life.

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