The story of Black Africa’s ill-fated 1976 Professional Tennis Tournament

Image source:  Sean MacEntee

Image source: Sean MacEntee

I have just published my first longform story on the Atavist platform. This has been an 18 month side project which I have mentioned on this blog a few times in the past. I am very proud of it and wish to thank everyone who helped me report and write it especially my wife who read numerous drafts and provided feedback. I also wish to thank all the key participants (ex-tennis players and WCT officials) I interviewed for this piece.

The story is about the 1976 World Championship Tennis tournament held in Lagos, Nigeria, which featured some of the best tennis players in the world. This story also features the two biggest Black athletes (Arthur Ashe and Pele) of that era who just happened to be in Nigeria at the same time during one of the country’s most significant events.

I would encourage you to click the story link below to read and share the story:

The story of Black Africa’s ill-fated 1976 Professional Tennis Tournament

 

 

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