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Sports articles by Doug Smith

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

Oops. In Monday’s blog, I failed to mention that No. 225 Sachia Vickery, is another African American competing at the U.S. Open. That makes seven.  Vickery, 18, a wildcard entry, is set to play Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, a qualifier, Tuesday. Vickery … Continue reading

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

When I covered tennis for USA Today in the late 1980s through 2001, at times I saw more than a dozen African American pros compete in the U.S. Open.  This year,  the Grand Slam event began with only a handful … Continue reading

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USA Today’s Robert Robinson ends 40 year career

Three weeks ago,  I joined more than 60 of my former USA Today colleagues and family members at a surprise retirement party for Robert Robinson, who had toiled as an editor/writer for Gannett newspapers for nearly 40 years, including USA … Continue reading

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Week 2 Begins with Djokovic and Williams Favorites to Collect Wimbledon Crowns

Thousands camped out overnight for ground passes.  There were rain delays and upsets aplenty. Scandalous tabloid headlines spotlighted the private lives of the top pros and spectators from everywhere roamed the hallowed grounds after s sip of Pimms or a … Continue reading

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In Tennis, Baseline Battles Are The Norm, Even at Wimbledon

Wimbledon used to provide sports fans and casual players with an annual refresher on how to play serve-and-volley tennis.   In recent years, however, the absence of the clashing styles of baseliner vs. serve-and-volleyer has turned the once glorious grass-court event … Continue reading

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