[Dear Mr. Hester: On behalf of the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee I must formally protest the proposed Davis Cup match …]
by Dennis Brutus, South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Evanston, Illinois, United States
January 25, 1978
Letter to W.E. Hester Jr., President, United States Tennis Association (USTA) protesting the proposed Davis Cup match at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee on March 17-19, 1978 between a team representing the United States and the one drawn from the apartheid South African tennis association. SAN-ROC calls for cancelling this event because it is a violation of United Nations resolutions against apartheid in sport and is an affront to South Africans who are suffering under a vicious system of racial discrimination. The letter notes that Hester has declared "We will refrain from supporting South Africa's position before the Davis Cup Nations and the ITF [International Tennis Federation]," and "I believe we will have made some progress in getting South Africa to voluntarily withdraw from international tennis matches." The letter says this is not satisfactory. The letter calls on the USTA to take a firm stand on the principle of opposition to racism in sport.
Collection: Private collection of Robert Edgar