For generations, the tennis world has become a force for global equality and representation. The International Tennis Hall of Fame is furthering that cause with a digital exhibit highlighting the impact and contributions made by Black tennis players and contributors from around the world, past and present. Called Breaking Boundaries in Black Tennis, the exhibit recognizes 70 individuals from 19 countries, with more inspiring subjects and stories continuously being added.

The exhibit features an interactive map grouped by region, showcasing the athletes and contributors within those areas. Each individual has an interactive profile where visitors can learn about their on-court success and the legacy they left on tennis.

Katrina Adams, chair of the ITHOF's Black Tennis History Committee and past Chairman & President of the USTA, says that the history of these Black icons have inspired her every day.

"Because of what so many of these inspiring people accomplished on and off the court, I have had the opportunity to walk in their footsteps and accomplish all that I have because of their courage," she said. "I am truly grateful for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's commitment to preserving this history, celebrating their success and inspiring the next generation of Black players."


Players currently represented in the exhibit include past Hall of Fame legends Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson and Dr. Robert Johnson, and present-day stars Serena and Venus Williams, Gael Monfils and Naomi Osaka.

Breaking Boundaries in Black Tennis is available to view online at