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Black History Month


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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The Williams Sisters: Rise to Stardom

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

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

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

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

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

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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Players throughout history


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.


2013 Australian Open: Sloane Stephens Interview


NIneteen-year-old Sloane Stephens talks about her fairytale run to the semifinals of the Australian Open, her most memorable moments from the tournament and more in this exclusive interview with USTA.com.

National Junior Tennis & Learning

2013 Arthur Ashe Essay & Art Contest


Enter and you could win a trip to New York for Arthur Ashe Kids' Day! If you are an NJTL participant, write your answer to the following question: "If you could follow in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps and 'give back' to tennis, what would you do to give back to the game, and how would it impact others?"

What is USTA/NJTL?


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.

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