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Sports articles by Doug Smith

An Open Letter to USTA President Katrina Adams

Dear Madam President, With the 40th anniversary of Arthur Ashe’s upset Wimbledon victory against Jimmy Connors drawing near, I feel the need to share my thoughts on Arthur’s overall strategy and court tactics in that match, his impact on the … Continue reading

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Katrina Adams set to become 1st former pro and African American to head USTA

Katrina Adams, who fell short of her dream of becoming tennis’ top woman player, nevertheless established herself as a major player in the tennis world earlier this week by becoming the first African American and former pro to be nominated … Continue reading

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The once dominant serve-and-volley game is gone

John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova are set to participate Monday in a non-tennis related function during opening night ceremonies at the U.S. Open in New York. The legendary Hall of Famers will join USTA President David Haggerty at Arthur Ashe … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Black Male Pros Gone (Part IV)

In the final segment of our Where Have All the Black Male Pros Gone, we’ll  trace the history of the African American male’s entrance into the once segregated white world of tennis, review observations and insights offered by three prominent … Continue reading

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Where Have All the Black Male Tennis Pros Gone? (Part III)

Oops again. Victoria Duval, an unseeded 17-year-old, took full advantage of her qualifying berth in the U.S. Open Tuesday in stunning fashion, ousting the 2011 U.S. open champion Samantha Stosur, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.  Duval’s three victories in the U.S. Open … Continue reading

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