5 Black professional female tennis players not named Serena

PARIS, FRANCE- MAY 30, 2015: (Then) Nineteen times Grand Slam champion Serena Willams during third round match at Roland Garros 2015 in Paris, France (Photo  Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com)
PARIS, FRANCE- MAY 30, 2015: (Then) Nineteen times Grand Slam champion Serena Willams during third round match at Roland Garros 2015 in Paris, France (Photo Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com)

Serena Williams has dominated the women’s circuit over the past year, and is aiming for her first Grand Slam if she can win the 2015 US Open and sweep all four 2015 Grand Slam events. As much attention as Serena gets (and she is generating more with her possible relationship with hip-hop artist Drake), there are other black female tennis players making noise. Here is a list of five black female tennis players not named Serena Williams.

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown is not his hair

Dustin Brown
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A writer in the U.K., who will remain nameless and as you continue to read this post you will understand why, has implied that Dustin Brown's locs are in some manner prohibitive.

"Dustin Brown - imagine him without the dreadlocks," she titles her feature. She opens with, "Yes the German tennis player and new star of Wimbledon is attractive, but let's consider some other important matters..." Stop! Hold up. Wait a minute. While the writer complimented him for his obvious good looks, "deep brown eyes" and "boyish grin," she had the gall to pontificate "how fast would he be without all those dreadlocks?"

As I searched for scientific evidence to prove that his hair style is a disability, nothing came up. Let's face it. At Wimbledon last week, he beat No. 10 seed Rafael Nadal, who wears a short haircut. The Jamaican-German who ranks 102 made headlines and so did his dreadlocks.

During the middle of the match when he outpaced Nadal, locs flowing, he had 41K Twitter fans of his @DreddyTennis account. At the time of this writing, he has 71K.

His Twitter handle indicates his loc pride and to suggest he cut those lucky charms, is outlandish. Lady Gaga, who rocked rainbow dreadlocks and matching leg warmers during her 2014 world tour, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour, knows how wonderful they are. 

Teacups and Tentacles has made a business of customizing synthetic dreadlocks of varying lengths and colors. Dustin Brown's are homegrown, au naturel.

It's actually fun to watch Brown, 30, engage his opponents with his double-handed backhand shots. His dangling and dancing dreadlocks just add to the theatrics.



Serena Williams' fashion ads up in Chase Masters commercial

Stars who have spent a lifetime perfecting a craft show how easy it is to master digital banking at Chase.

Serena Williams has been playing tennis since age three and now at age 33, she holds the most major singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles combined among active players, male and female. A certified nail technician, the No. 1 tennis player in the world sports an all white Nike Tennis outfit and custom Chase blue nail polish in the new TV commercial where she takes a break from practice to talk about the hard work and dedication it took to master the sport of tennis.

"I've gotten so much advice. The best advice that I've gotten early on is from Billie Jean King, she told me 'Pressure is a privilege.' Throughout my career that's been able to help me a lot. I've been under a lot of pressure, but every time I feel it I just say it's a privilege to be under this pressure," she says during the segment.

"It takes a lot of hard work to be the best, to be a champion. For me, I have to get used to doing things over and over. I think that's what creates the greatest. Its just repetition. I never stop until I get it right. Tennis especially is a real mental game. You have to challenge yourself, you have to be able to come up with a lot of different answers at different times.

"I feel really lucky to do what I love. I mean you grow up dreaming of becoming and doing what you want to do and I feel like anyone can reach their dreams if they never give up. If you believe in you and you try and you just keep going through thick and thin you can do what I can do. I just keep trying. I just never stop"

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Watch out! Breitling Jet Team gears up to wow fans in Times Square this Monday, June 8

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MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. sports the Colt II; Soccer start David Beckham sports the Transocean Chronograph Unitime; Jazz musician Miles Davis wears the Navitimer; Singer Usher rocks Breitling for Bentley; and actor/rapper Ludacris wears Super Avenger (Photos from Breitlingsource.com)

Whether it is a fascination with sports, sports cars or with luxury watches, there are some things even a recession can't separate a man from. From heartthrobs Usher and David Beckham to heartbreakers Ludacris and Lil Wayne, Breitling is a watch of choice.

The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer created the Breitling Jet Team to share its passion for aviation. Street basketball lovers have their Harlem Globetrotters and And1, why can't Breitling showcase the prowess of pilots – spellbinding spectators with trademark stunts, from 360-degree turns in formation to synchronized pair displays and vertical splits?

Breitling Jet Team

The first and largest civilian jet team illustrates the brand’s cherished values: performance, precision, aesthetic sophistication and innovation. The unmatched aerobatics pilots are deemed flying aces who "perform a rapid-fire succession of figures that are perfectly calculated, mastered, synchronized and fine-tuned down to the smallest detail." Sounds familiar, eh.

The seven-member Breitling Jet Team performs around 50 demonstrations at air shows, sporting events and private appearances. The aircraft fly within three meters of each other at speeds of almost 750 km/h and with up to 8G acceleration.

New York City fans can find them parking their full-size L-39 Albatross jet in Times Square on Broadway between 43rd and 44th St. this Monday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be their first time in the northeast as part of the 2015 North American Tour.

Serena Williams wins French Open: 20th Grand Slam Title

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 4 : Serena Williams in action at the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament (Photo credit: Jimmie48 Photography / Shutterstock.com)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 4 : Serena Williams in action at the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament (Photo credit: Jimmie48 Photography / Shutterstock.com)

Serena Williams 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova, 28, was a fitting finale to a challenging run to a Grand Slam singles title.

“I probably topped for my most difficult time to win,” she said.

She has 20 major singles titles now, the third most on the women’s list behind Margaret Court, with 24, and Steffi Graf, with 22. Watch out Graf, Williams, 33, may tie this year following favorable finishes at Wimbledon and the United States Open.

In 1999, Williams won her first major -- and the Williams family's first -- when she was 17.


Serena Williams wins 2nd straight Family Circle Cup title

Serena Williams had a slow start but that didn't stop her from snagging the Family Circle Cup title for the second year in a row; it's her third (2008, 2012, 2012) title at the women's-only professional tennis event held in the City of Charleston and Daniel Island. She defeated Jelena Jankovic, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Just last year, Williams ranked No. 10 in the world. Today, she's No. 1, again, having won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles.

The Family Circle Cup is a WTA Premier Event with a competitive purse. It's guess-timated to be $795,707 this year.

Serena Williams advances to the final of the Family Circle Cup

Serena Williams defeated her lifetime tennis rival on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Charleston, S.C., big sister Venus Williams. She's advanced to the  final of the Family Circle Cup. During an interview with ESPN, the younger Williams says she is so inspired by her sister and the way she is tackling her disease. Venus was diagnosed with Sjorgen's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder.

A power packing server, Serena won her 14th straight match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Venus.

Check out the video interview.

Deuce: Venus and Serena Williams

Serena and Venus Williams raise their trophies after winning their Ladies’ Doubles final match of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Saturday (July 7, 2012) in London, England.

It was a race to the top in the singles match in Charleston, S.C. at the Family Circle Cup, the Williams sisters won, twice on Friday, April 5. Venus and Serena Williams will face-off today. They haven't met in a tournament since the 2009 Tour Championships in Qatar. The younger Serena, 31, holds a 13-10 lead, although they're 1-1 on clay.

"For the record, we've never played two matches on the same day," Serena tells the crowd after her matches at the Family Circle Tennis Center. "You guys had a real treat."

It's the 24th time in their careers where they go head-to-head.

Serena ranks No. 1 in the world winning Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open since capturing last year's Family Circle. She recently added a sixth Sony Open crown, rallying past Maria Sharapova for her 48th career WTA crown.

Venus, 32, has lost four straight to Serena since a victory in Dubai in 2009. The older Williams hasn't won a major since Wimbledon in 2008.

Golf has long been a game for African Americans, even before Tiger

Though Tiger Woods may be the best-known African American golfer, there have been many others that paved the way years before Tiger ever picked up a club. Many of these golfers have gone unsung for years, not receiving their respect due for their years in the game. The following is a list of some of the top African American golfers we think should be recognized within our community and throughout the sport.