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The American Tennis Association was the first black sports organization in America and launched the careers of the best black tennis players in history. Members of the Association Tennis Club in Washington, DC and the Monumental Tennis Club of Baltimore conceived the idea of a national tennis organization of African Americans at a meeting on Thanksgiving Day, 1916 at the YMCA in Washington, DC. Members from the major black tennis clubs founded the American Tennis Association, the oldest continually active African American sports organization. Founder, H. Stanton McCard was elected the first president.

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Diggs Slowe, Lucy, Howard
Gibson, Althea, Florida A&M
Hoard, Yvonne, Lincoln, MO
Logan, Bonnie, Morgan State
Peters, Margaret, Tuskegee Institute
Peters, Romania, Tuskegee Institute
Smith, Hazel, Tuskegee Institute
Walker, Carolyn, Kentucky State


althea Gibson, Florida A&M...wimbledon champion
Althea Gibson on the way to her first Wimbledon  Championship, 1957

Cohen, Dick, Xavier
Davis, Billy, Tennessee State
Davis, Rick, Texas Southern
Dinkins, David, Howard
Edmonds, Harry, Winston-Salem State
Holmes, Tally
Jefferson, Thomas, Lincoln, PA
Johnson, Cliff, Prairie View A&M
Johnson, Dr. Walter, Lincoln, PA
McDaniels, Jimmy, Xavier
Neilsen, Herman, Hampton Institute
Sample, Johnny, Maryland State
Skinner, Linwood,  Winston-Salem State
Vivians, Nathaniel, Tuskegee Institute
Webster, David, Prairie View A&
Walker, Rev. W.W.

“Queen of Wimbledon”


Peters sister, Tuskegee Institute...18-time ATA championsTuskegee stars…Margaret & Romania Peters…18-time ATA Champions


Dr. Robert Johnson...founder, harlem Tennis assoc. & Gibson mentor Dr. Robert Johnson
…pioneer tennnis activist who mentored Althea Gibson …co-founder, the Harlem Tennis Association


Dr. Bob Screen, Hampton...winner of over 30 NCAA championships Dr. Bob Screen Hampton University
…the winnngest tennis coach in NCAA Div. II with over 1000 career victories  

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