African-American tennis players

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  1. Serena Williams

    Serena Williams


    Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked her world No. 1 in singles on six separate occasions. She became the world No. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002, and achieved this ranking for the sixth time on February 18, 2013. Williams has spent 256 weeks overall as the WTA ranked #1 as of August 30, 2015, placing her 4th on the List of WTA number 1 ranked players. On July 13, 2015 she marked the first time in WTA history that the No. 1 player had more than twice as many points as No. 2. She is the reigning champion of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, WTA Tour Championships and Olympic women's singles and doubles.

  2. Venus Williams

    Venus Williams


    Venus Ebony Starr Williams (born June 17, 1980) is an American professional tennis player who is a former World No. 1 and is ranked World No. 11 in singles as of February 1, 2015. She has been ranked World No. 1 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association on three separate occasions, for a total of eleven weeks. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on February 25, 2002, becoming the first black American woman to achieve this feat during the Open Era. She is credited as changing the women's game and ushering a new, modern era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour. She is also regarded as the best grass court player of her generation and is widely considered as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis.

  3. James Blake

    James Blake


    James Riley Blake (born December 28, 1979) is an American retired professional tennis player. Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. During his career, Blake had amassed 24 singles finals appearances (10–14 record), while his career-high singles ranking was World No. 4. His career highlights included reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and US Open (2005, 2006), as well as being the former American No. 1. His two titles for the United States at the Hopman Cup are an event record. Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2–0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles.

  4. Arthur Ashe

    Arthur Ashe


    Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States.

  5. Althea Gibson

    Althea Gibson


    Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. "She is one of the greatest players who ever lived," said Robert Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams. "Martina couldn't touch her. I think she'd beat the Williams sisters." In the early 1960s she also became the first black player to compete on the women's professional golf tour.

  6. Chanda Rubin

    Chanda Rubin


    Chanda Rubin (born February 18, 1976) is an American tennis player. Winning seven WTA Tour singles titles, she reached her highest ranking World No. 6 on April 8, 1996, after reaching semifinals at the 1996 Australian Open. Rubin is also former World No. 9 in doubles, winning the Australian Open in 1996 partnering with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario.

  7. Alexandra Stevenson

    Alexandra Stevenson


    Alexandra Winfield Stevenson (born December 15, 1980 in La Jolla, California) is a professional tennis player from the United States. She is a former top-20 player in singles.

  8. Sloane Stephens

    Sloane Stephens


    Sloane Stephens (born March 20, 1993) is an American tennis player who is currently ranked World No. 26 in the Women's Tennis Association singles rankings and has won three singles titles on the WTA Tour.

  9. Zina Garrison

    Zina Garrison


    Zina Lynna Garrison (born November 16, 1963) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. During her career, she was a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games. She is currently coaching Taylor Townsend.

  10. Thomas Blake (tennis)

    Thomas Blake (tennis)


    Thomas Blake, Jr. (born December 29, 1976) is an American professional tennis player. Blake was born in Yonkers, New York to Thomas Sr. (who is African-American) and Betty (who is English). He has a younger brother, James Blake, who is also a professional tennis player, as well as three half-brothers, Jason, Howard and Christopher, and a half-sister, Michelle.

  11. Shenay Perry

    Shenay Perry


    Shenay Perry (born July 6, 1984, in Washington DC) is an American professional tennis player. Her career-high WTA singles ranking is No. 40, which she reached on August 28, 2006. Her career-high WTA doubles ranking is No. 97, set at December 8, 2003. Shenay won 9 out of 10 ITF singles finals in her career. She retired from professional tennis in September 2010.

  12. John Lucas II

    John Lucas II


    John Harding Lucas II (born October 31, 1953) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach.

  13. Taylor Townsend (tennis)

    Taylor Townsend (tennis)


    Taylor Townsend (born April 16, 1996) is an American professional tennis player and the 2012 Australian Open girls' singles champion. She is the first American to hold the no. 1 year-end world ranking for junior girls since Gretchen Rush in 1982.

  14. Donald Young

    Donald Young


    Donald Oliver Young, Jr. (born July 23, 1989) is an American professional tennis player.

  15. Lucy Diggs Slowe

    Lucy Diggs Slowe


    Lucy Diggs Slowe (July 4, 1885 – October 21, 1937) was one of the original sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women. She was one of the nine original founders of the sorority in 1908 at Howard University. Her legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha has continued to generate social capital for over 100 years. Transcending the era's limits, Lucy Slowe was a woman of many "firsts".

  16. Mashona Washington

    Mashona Washington


    Mashona Washington (born May 31, 1976) is a retired professional tennis player from the United States.

  17. Ahsha Rolle

    Ahsha Rolle


    Ahsha Rolle (born March 21, 1985, in Miami Shores, Florida) is a former professional female tennis player from United States. She began playing tennis when she was nine years old.Ahsha's career high singles ranking is no. 82 which she reached on September 10, 2007, and her career high doubles ranking is no. 111 which she reached on October 17, 2011.

  18. Megan Moulton-Levy

    Megan Moulton-Levy


    Megan Moulton-Levy (born March 11, 1985) is a Jamaican-American professional tennis player. Her career high WTA singles ranking is world no. 237, which she reached on July 6, 2009. Her career high doubles ranking is world no. 50, which she reached on July 22, 2013.

  19. Ora Washington

    Ora Washington


    Ora Mae Washington (January 23, 1898 – December 21, 1971) was an American athlete from the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known as the "Queen of Tennis".

  20. Angela Haynes

    Angela Haynes


    Angela Haynes (born September 27, 1984 in Bellflower, California) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. Haynes's top WTA singles ranking is World No. 95 which she attained in August, 2005. her career high doubles ranking is No. 86 September 15, 2008 Angela is currently ranked World No. 158, race-singles World No. 260 and World No. 198 in doubles as of March 8, 2010.

  21. Jamea Jackson

    Jamea Jackson


    Jamea Jackson (/əˈmə/ juh-MEE-ah; born September 7, 1986) is a female American former Women's Tennis Association (WTA) player and current United States Tennis Association (USTA) coach. She reached a singles ranking of 45 in the world at the end of 2006. Jackson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. She was announced as the Assistant Coach of the Oklahoma State University Women's Tennis Team in August 2009. In 2010 and 2011, Jackson coached the USTA collegiate team. In July 2013, Jackson joined the USTA staff in Boca Raton, Florida as a National Coach for Women's Tennis.

  22. Lori McNeil

    Lori McNeil


    Lori McNeil (born December 18, 1963, in San Diego, California) is an African American tennis coach and former professional tennis player from the United States. McNeil was a childhood friend of fellow African-American pro Zina Garrison. Lori's father Charlie McNeil played professional football with the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s.

  23. Leslie Allen (tennis)

    Leslie Allen (tennis)


    Leslie Allen (born March 12, 1957) is a retired American professional tennis player.

  24. Todd Nelson (tennis)

    Todd Nelson (tennis)


    Todd Nelson (born March 18, 1961, in The Dalles, Oregon), is a former professional tennis player from the United States.

  25. Bryan Shelton

    Bryan Shelton


    Bryan Shelton (born December 22, 1965) is an American college tennis coach and former professional tennis player. Shelton played collegiately for Georgia Tech from 1985 to 1988, and then played professionally from 1989 to 1997. He subsequently returned to his alma mater to coach the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets women's tennis team, which won the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship in 2007. He is currently the head coach of the Florida Gators men's tennis team of the University of Florida.

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