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Art with Mayor David Dinkins, former pro player Leslie Allen, and filmmaker Rex Miller at the panel discussion for ALTHEA (the film) at the Schomburg in NYC on August 25, Althea Gibson’s birthday

What would have been the week of Althea Gibson’s 88th birthday was full of celebrations and commemorations of Althea as a player and a person, including a series of events in New York leading up to the PBS broadcast of Rex Miller’s beautiful, moving, and powerful film ALTHEA. If you caught it Friday evening, you know that Art’s stories, recollections, and analysis are significantly featured. Last week on Althea’s birthday Art appeared alongside Rex, Leslie Allen, and David Dinkins for a panel discussion of the film at a PBS-sponsored event at the Schomburg in NYC .

At the same time, national press coverage of tennis champion Serena Williams’ dazzling performance at this year’s U.S. Open, as she’s possibly about to become the first tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same season, has increasingly noted connections between Althea and Serena. Rex had the chance to give Serena a copy of the film, so perhaps we’ll hear more from her about that soon.

Meanwhile, back at the Carrington Tennis Academy, we’re gearing up for the start of Fall lessons and clinics. You can see what’s scheduled here. This year our Saturday Morning Clinics for Juniors are sponsored by the New England Tennis Association in affiliation with the USTA and in support of the USTA’s Worldwide Day of Play event in September, we are offering special reduced rates for our entire Fall Session. You can sign up online for Saturday morning classes here. Or just come on down to the courts at Bay Road Tennis Club; we’d love to see you!

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