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  1. Bernie Chavis|14:35, 6. April, 2011 Reply

    Please include my website to the list of minority operators of the Black Tennis History website. I will be adding the Black Tennis History website to the four sites that I am webmaster under the related links tab.

  2. Greg|0:50, 15. July, 2011 Reply

    Re: ShadyRest Country Club, Scotch Plains, NJ
    My father was the nephew of Mr. Willis who owned Shadyrest. My father
    his brothers and cousins, took care of the grounds during the week and
    worked in the dance hall/bar at night. My grandmother Miss Lillian Craig
    fried chicken sandwiches out of the kitchen (only legs and bread. My father
    Jeff Craig as I remember, use to play tennis with Althea Gibson. A lot I remember.

  3. bj|13:23, 27. July, 2011 Reply

    good morning
    i have played this game since 1975.i am going to college to teach this game.just to get certified on paper.but i used to teach TENNIS to the youth at my CHURCH in SUFFOLK,VA. i am a veteran of 25 years.played in GERMANY for 6 years and all of the country.but i never heard of this assocation I WANT TO JOIN AND DO MY PART FOR THE YOUTH.TO INTRODUCE THEM TO A WONDERFUL GAME

    BJ WATFORD

  4. WW|19:36, 6. January, 2012 Reply

    I AM A BIG FAN OF B.T. HALL OF FAME TENNIS MUSEUM. THE ATA TENNIS ASSOCIATION HAS TURNED OUT SO MANY TALENTED TENNIS PLAYERS. ARTHUR ASHE IS ONE THEM. I MET HIM ON HIS TENNIS PILGRIMAGE OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO THE DEEP SOUTH. HE SPOKE TO THE TENNIS PLAYERS AT NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY IN DURHAM, NC IN THE EARLY 80’S. I WAS ONE OF THE TENNIS PLAYERS WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR HIM SPEAK AS GRACEFUL AS HE PLAYED ON THE TENNIS COURT. HE WAS A FRIEND OF ONE NCCU’S WINNINGEST TENNIS COACHES, MR. HARRY EDMONDS. MR. ASHE SPOKE ON EDUCATION IN THE TENNIS WORLD. IT WAS HIS BELIEF THAT AN ATHELIC WHO GRADUATED WAS THE ULTIMATE TENNIS PLAYER. COACH EDMONDS REMINDED HIM THAT THIS CURRENT TENNIS TEAM WAS FULL OF SENIORS AND THAT THEY EXPECTED TO GRADUATE. HE RE-ITERATED THAT ARTHUR ASHE, GRADUATION, AND TENNIS WAS A PRIORITY TO THE UNIVERSITY.
    ALTHEA GIBSON, LIKE ARTHUR ASHE MADE HISTORY IN WOMENS TENNIS.
    SHE WAS A TENNIS DARLING AND AFRICAN AMERICAN QUEEN ON THE PROFESSIONAL TENNIS CIRCUIT. ONE OF HER GREATEST TRIBUTES CAME FROM MODEL CHANEL WHOM IMBODIED HER HISTORY MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS AS NOT ONLY A TENNIS PLAYER, BUT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN IN THE WORLD.
    THE CURRENT LIST OF AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYERS REPRESENT THE FUTURE OF ALL OF AMERICAN TENNIS. PLAYERS LIKE DONALD YOUNG, VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS, CHANDA RUBEN, AND RETIRED NBA BASKETBALL STAR JULIUS “DR. J” EARVIN’S DAUGHTER ALEXANDRA STEVENSON ARE AMBASSADORS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD OF TENNIS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS.

    WALTER WEBB(NCCU-ALUMNI-&TENNIS)
    DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

  5. WALTER WEBB|14:01, 6. June, 2012 Reply

    INVESTING IN TENNIS

    MANY PEOPLE IN ATA TENNIS (AND ATA TENNIS HALL OF FAME) HAVE INVESTED THEIR LIVES IN THE SPORT AND AS RESULT THEIR MONEY FOR RETIREMENT IN THE SPORT. COMPANIES WHOM SUPPORT GRAND SLAM TENNIS INCLUDE AUSTRAILIAN OPEN TENNIS WESTFIELD PROPERTIES
    (WFGPY). THE AUSTRAILIAN REAL ESTATE FIRM IS A GLOBAL ALLIANCE PLAYER IN AMERICAN JOINT VENTURING. IT RECENTLY SOLD SOME OF ITS PROPERTY TO STARWOOD IN THE UNITED STATES. THE SECOND OF THE GRAND SLAM ATP PROFESSIONAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT IS THE FRENCH OPEN AT ROLAND GARROS. THEIR MAIN SPONSORE IS BNP DE NATIONALE PARIS (BNPQY) . THE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT BANK HAS ALSO LISTED ITS COMPANY ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE (NYX) AND SET A BRANCH IN NEW YORK. THE THIRD GRAM SLAM TENNIS EVENT WIMBLEDON IS A BIG PLAYER FOR TENNIS AND TENNIS INVESTING. THE STRAWBERRIES AND CREME GRASS COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS IS SPONSORED BY BRITISH PETROLEUM (BP) OIL COMPANY. FROM THE HARD COURTS OF AUSTRAILIA, TO THE CLAY OF ROLAND GARROS, TO THE GRASS OF WIMBLEDON , RETURNS TO WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE IS THE BIGGEST HARD COURT TOURNAMENT IN THE GLOBAL WORLD, THE UNITED STATES OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP. FROM THIS TOURNAMENT FANS GET VIEW OF FLUSHING MEADOWS AND ARTHUR ASHE TENNIS COURTS. NIKE (NKE) IS ONE OF THE U.S. OPEN TENNIS BIGGEST SPONSORS. PLAYERS ARE ALSO SEEN WEARING OTHER BRANDS SUCH AS UNDER ARMOUR (UA), ADIDAS (ADDYY),
    AND FILA AND MIRAE ASSETS (MGCEX) . DICKS SPORTING GOODS (DKS) IS ALSO ONE OF THE LARGEST SPORTS EQUIPMENT CHAINS IN THE UNITED STATES. LEGG MASON (LM) IS ALSO A ANNUAL SPONSOR OF PROFESSIONAL TENNIS WITH ITS ATP LEGG MASON OPEN TENNIS TOURNAMENT. NORTH CAROLIANA IS ALSO THE PROUD SPONSOR OF ATP PROFESSIONAL TENNIS WITH IT BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST (BBT) ITS PROUD PROFESSIONAL TENNIS SPONSOR. IT IS HOPES OF BECOMING A FUTURE MAJOR ATP TOUR TENNIS LOCATION. ALREADY WINNING ACCOLADED FOR HOSTING THE DAVIS CUP TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS .

  6. satjiwan|17:31, 21. September, 2012 Reply

    I was surprised to find very little on the Williams sisters. Is there a reason? I did find their father on the Galleries of Coaches page, which i only found by searching google. it doesn’t appear to be in the normal navigation of the site.

    • bobdavis|20:15, 21. September, 2012 Reply

      Sir: Notice that with the exception of James Blake, all individuals listed in the “Gallery of champions” are retired from competitive tennis. I say, with the exception of James Blake,because I thought the severe injury to James’ neck and back would force him into retirement. Thankfully, I was wrong and James continues to compete at the highest levels of the sport. The Williams sisters will add many more titles to their resume and at that time, two of the most remarkable tennis players in history will be added to the Gallery.
      As it relates to you comment that Richard Williams could not be identified through the normal navigation on the site. If you type his name into the search option on the site, you will be taken directly to the page that contains his photo and resume.

  7. Bob|19:12, 25. October, 2012 Reply

    My father played basketball and tennis at LIU and was good friends with “Uncle Reggie” Weir. I remember seeing two letter from a tennis club in the New York area addressed to him. The first was an invitation, the second a dis-invitation based on his race. When I was very young I remember going to a tennis match with Uncle Reggie in Bethesda, Maryland.

    In the 1980s I was a member of the Rohampton Club while living in Wimbledon, England. It was not a big deal. I love the Williams sisters!

    J. Robert Gladden, Jr.

  8. HTTP://Www.Tumblr.com/blog/hevizi|21:59, 18. March, 2013 Reply

    This really is the 2nd posting, of your site I personally
    read. Nonetheless I really love this one, “Contact | Black Tennis History” the best.
    Thank you -Jefferson

  9. http://sayyeswed.Hubpages.com/hub/Sayyesweddingdress|23:41, 21. April, 2013 Reply

    Precisely how long did it acquire you to create “Contact |
    Black Tennis History”? It comes with a bunch of fine
    material. Thanks -Barney

    • bobdavis|1:49, 22. April, 2013 Reply

      Hi Barney, The creation of the website has been a work in progress over the past five years. The photos, memorabilia, documents and articles have been in my (or someone elses) collection for decades. Make no mistake though, this has been a labor of love.

  10. Mo|22:27, 6. July, 2013 Reply

    This is a nice site to see history and even better to have been a part of it. There are so many stories and successful black players that played and it should be documented by sites such as this without prejudice. Many of us had contributed and impacted in so many ways the black explosion of tennis that is being recognized more and more today. The success of blacks in the game of tennis who went tournament to tournament competing and often winning without having the mentorship or leadership of past black player/coaches or champions should be noted. Especially, during the late 60’s, 70″s and 80’s with the advent of open pro tennis tournaments and prize money, the future of how tennis would be channeled was undetermined, however, with what the world was witnessing with black player accomplishments, everyone knew it would only be a matter of time. We need to offer so much more information and exposure throughout the world as to the magnificent players and coaches who gave so much and inspired so many, paving the road for todays players. In addition to the players of the past that you have already mentioned and inducted there are many that should have been also mentioned early for their contributions. The men’s contemporary tennis offered the Maurice Hunter’s, Horace Reid’s, Bruce Foxworth’s, Juan Farrow’s, Junie Chatman’s, Rick Jone’s, Roger Smth’s, Steve Campbell’s, Lawrence “Cornbread” King’s, etc. and women’s tennis offered the Andrea Buchanan-Whitmore’s, Kim Sand’s, etc.

  11. Robert Pruter|16:30, 21. May, 2014 Reply

    Mr. Davis:

    Subsequent research has discovered the birth registry of Isadore Channels. I hate to have to make a correction, but she was born in Louisville, Kentucky, not Hickson, as I previously reported to you. All the other informaition remains the same.

    Best regards,

    Robert Pruter

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  13. marcus|18:49, 15. February, 2016 Reply

    hi
    interesting information, who knew.
    sure would like to know more and contribute.
    I am from the sligo crew of amateur tennis players.

    marcus forrester
    301-633-0500

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