It’s the Wimbledon Final!
July 11th is one of the biggest days in the sport of tennis, the ladies final at Wimbledon. Arguably the most famous tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon not only provides the highest level of tennis in the world but also 138 years of history. In honor of this long history, we explore how race has shaped the sport through Blacks at the Net by Sundiata Djata.
While much has been written about black triumphs in boxing, baseball, and other sports, little has been said of similar accomplishments in tennis. In this final volume of his ambitious and thorough examination of black achievement in international tennis, Djata comprehensively fills that gap. Exploring the discrimination that kept blacks out of pro tennis for decades, he examines the role that this traditionally white sport played in the black community and provides keen insights into the politics of professional sports and the challenges faced by today’s black players.