Black Tennis History

Slavery was abolished in the United States in 1865.  Nearly 15 years later, in 1880, the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) was founded (The name was later changed to USTA).  Tennis was the dominion of the white, upper class and Blacks were neither interested, nor invited to participate.  Segregation was rampant throughout America and an attitude of exclusion was pervasive in most areas of American Society.

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  1. Bill|14:11, 29. April, 2011 Reply

    This is an awesome website and I cannot think of anything I could add to it. It is very complete and says it all as it educates and teaches us things many of us are not aware of.


  2. bobdavis|0:33, 5. June, 2011 Reply

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  3. mrtennis|2:25, 5. July, 2011 Reply

    I remember Billie Willis and Dewitt Willis and Jeff Craig as good players from the Shady Rest Country Club in NJ.. The Cockburn Trophy Matches were played there, which was our equivalent to The Davis Cup. NY, NJ and Pa played one another.

  4. Gregory Garland – Craig|23:03, 27. July, 2011 Reply

    Jeff Craig was my father and Dewitt my second cousin. Shadyrest brings back
    a lot of memories. I remember my grandmother (miss lillian) making me
    cakes and bringing the cake on the porch/patio and telling me that the whole
    cake was mine. The bar with some many botlles.. and mirrors. The baby
    grand sitting off in a corner

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