Leslie Allen joins Kamau Murray this week to discuss a wide range of topics, from breaking into a game that didn't feature many people of color, to the opportunity to learn from the legendary Althea Gibson. It was Gibson who changed the course of her career after the question of goals came up.

"I proudly said I wanted to be in the main draw at WTA events," Allen said in response to the question. Gibson saw it differently.

"With your wingspan (with arms fully stretched), you need to think about winning WTA events." It was those little words of confidence from a giant in the game that pushed Leslie Allen to the next level, where she was able to break down even more barriers & help to grow tennis.


The hour long discussion touches a wide range of topics, including the idea that the men's & women's tours might be better off working in unison, as well as the "Leslie Allen Foundation" that was created to introduce young people to careers in the world of tennis, both on-court and behind the scenes. One of the core principles of the foundation is the importance of college as a training ground for young players.

"In addition to hitting the ball, there's so many other things you have to say....the sponsors, the fans, all of that, you have to deal with it even on your worst day."


Leslie Allen had an accomplished tennis career and continues to perform acts of service within the sport's community.