At this month’s A.T.A. nationals, Jackie Shaw of Collegeville, Pa., said that she was often the only African-American at United States Tennis Association tournaments. She found the surroundings of an A.T.A. event far more relaxing.
“Although there’s integration, there’s still separation, and it’s definitely not equal distribution,” Shaw said. “Many times I’ve played for the last 20 years, and it’s a rare occasion that I’m not the only person looking like me on the court. So to come to this court, there’s a familiarity, a comfort, and a feeling like you’re at home.”
She has encouraged her daughter, Jasmine Morris, to compete in A.T.A. events.
“It’s very important to know your history,” Shaw said, “to know where you came from, and to always know the struggles your ancestors experienced to get you here. You don’t want to forget that, and you don’t want your kids to…