Originally Posted by MarTennis
Black athletes have already saved tennis in America. No Williams sisters, no ESPN wall to wall grand slam coverage, much less regular WTA coverage and I assert no Tennis Channel. Tennis was on the edge of being off TV when the sisters were setback by injuries and distractions. When Venus came back to win another Wimbledon and Serena right her ship the ESPN deal happened.
So, yes there is a push to get a greater number of blacks in high level junior and ITF tennis. Who knows if it will work, but 10 and under is an awesome vehicle to try to make more better tennis players in the public tennis context combined with USTA infrastructure.
The William's have had a huge effect on the women's side, much more so than the men's, and whether we like it or not, its all about the Benjamins, and that means the men's. A lot of great black women coming up, Stephens is going to be a star, but Keys, Townsend, etc., all inspired by the Williams.