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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.


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.

First Lady Michelle Obama visits the 2011 US Open


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.


2012 Australian Open: Taylor Townsend Interview

2012 Australian Open - Day 13

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

2012 Australian Open: Sloane Stephens Interview

2012 Australian Open - Day 4

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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Black History Month Legends: Arthur Ashe

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

Black History Month Legends: Althea Gibson

Just three years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, Althea Gibson cast her spectacular glow upon the sport of tennis as the first African-American to compete in the U.S. National Championships.​ Read More

ATA: Celebrating the past, embracing the future

Founded in 1916, the ATA has long prided itself on its ability to introduce African-American youth to tennis, especially in urban areas where tennis may not be readily available, and to grow the sport among diverse populations. Read More
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2012 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, 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?


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.



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.


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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