RACISM IN TENNIS - ACTION AGAINST APARTHEID
by Dennis Brutus, South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Evanston, Illinois, United States
March 21, 1988
South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
The mailing reports that a member of the racist Tennis Association from Apartheid South Africa probably will try to participate in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Championships at Flushing Meadows in August. Letters of protest should be sent to USTA Executive Director Tim Heckler and New York City Council President Andrew Stein. The mailing says the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) will seek support from other organizations in this protest. The mailing includes a newspaper article that says tennis players Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Brad Gilbert, Billie Jean King and Pat Cash, boxer Mark Breland, and golfer Seve Ballesteros are among 2,500 athletes listed in the annual register of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid for their participation in sporting events in South Africa. The mailing includes a newspaper article listing player in the Lipton International, including Christo Van Rensburg, Elna Reinach, and Karen Schimper of South Africa.
Used by permission of Dennis Brutus.
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections