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I talk about Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, and the Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution on the podcast 30 Love, hosted by Carl Bialik. Podcast taped on March 8, 2020. It’s less than 30 minutes. Listen Now

PRAISE FOR DIFFERENT STROKES

An important contribution to sports collections — Brenda Barrera, Booklist
Different Strokes is an extraordinary book covering aspects of tennis that are overlooked by other books and the media. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in tennis. — Dr. Dale Caldwell, Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Cecil Harris has written an exhaustive, multifaceted look at tennis through an African American lens. He expertly details how the sport–despite producing the remarkable Williams sisters–still faces struggles in overcoming its troubling history regarding black folks. — Deron Snyder, Sports Columnist, Washington Times
Different Strokes is an expansive history of blacks in tennis that goes far beyond the names that we all know–Venus, Serena, Althea, and Arthur–and tells us about players on and off the court who have shaped the landscape of the sport. With an insider’s knowledge, Cecil Harris narrates a powerful story that goes up to present day, with candid behind-the-scenes anecdotes. It’s necessary reading for anyone who follows tennis and a vital addition to the chronicles of African Americans in sports. — Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Global Entertainment Editor, the Associated Press
As Cecil Harris takes you back in time to highlight the struggles of past players and officials, he expertly notes the struggle today is just as harsh and much more subtle as he navigates you through the topic. Harris takes the reader by the mind in teaching a well-needed lesson. When he’s done, you are surprisingly well-educated on the subject, whether you realize it or not. — Tony Paige, Former Sports Talk Host, WFAN Radio, New York