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Whirlwind: The Godfather of Black Tennis

Doug Smith

Whirlwind: The Godfather of Black Tennis

The Life and Times of Dr. Robert Walter Johnson

by Doug Smith

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Published by Blue Eagle Pub. .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • General,
  • Biography / Autobiography

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages191
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9572748M
    ISBN 100974811114
    ISBN 109780974811116
    OCLC/WorldCa57188640

    “In May of we, alongside the [United States Tennis Association], restored the backyard tennis court that my grandfather coached Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and close to other students. Oversaw editing, design and production of my book, Whirlwind, The Godfather of Black Tennis, published in summer, Expected to complete Same=Same, my first novel in April It was Title: President at Blue Eagle Publishing.

      The book is available through online booksellers. is the recipient of a Writers Notes Book Award in the culture category for his book "Whirlwind: The Godfather of Black Tennis.". Whirlwind: The Godfather of Black Tennis: The Life and Times of Dr. Robert Walter Johnson by Doug Smith liked it avg rating — 1 rating — 2 editions.

      Years later, when I learned that Whirlwind had operated his backyard training camp for more than 20 years, I decided to document his life story. The task, which took 20 years to complete, was published two years ago. It’s entitled Whirlwind: The Godfather of Black Tennis.   Young players striving to be great tennis champions often are told that having at least one big weapon enhances their chances. And, of course, if any rising-teen-star is fortunate enough to have, not just a single weapon but an arsenal similar to that displayed by either Serena or Venus Williams, than his or her odds for success become increasingly better.


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Robert “Whirlwind” Johnson, who is considered to be the Godfather of Black Tennis, accomplished a long list of achievements both on and off the court. Johnson began his sports career at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he was an All-American running back. He picked up the nickname “Whirlwind” for his speed on the field.

In these years in the segregated South, they had no public courts where they could learn tennis, and many did not have money for lessons. Johnson was instrumental in encouraging the athletic careers of both Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, whom he personally coached. (source: Wikipedia) “Whirlwind” is his story as told by Doug Smith.

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physician, was a graduate of Lincoln University, a historically black college in Pennsylvania and the first African American physician to receive practice rights at Lynchburg (VA) General Hospital.

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