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Art Carrington is still making Black tennis history matter


“Tennis has been my life,” Carrington says. As a player, teacher, coach, historian, father and grandfather, he has given his life back to the sport for more than six decades.

By Steve Tignor

July 30, 2020

When I started writing about the unsung African-American tennis pioneer Jimmie McDaniel, I was told that the first person I needed to talk to was Art Carrington.

For good reason. Carrington, a 73-year-old teacher, researcher and former pro, wrote the book on the game’s unsung African-American pioneers. Black Tennis: An Archival Collection 1890-1962 is a story he unearthed from century-old newspapers that served ...


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