U.S. TENNIS ASSOCIATION ASKED TO CANCEL TENNIS MATCH WITH SOUTH AFRICA.
by South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee
Evanston, Illinois, United States
April 6, 1977
The press release says Dennis Brutus, President of the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) today appealed to the United States Tennis Association to cancel its planned match with the South African tennis team; the match is due to take place at Newport Beach, California, on April 15th to 17th. The press release says Brutus stated: "the United States Tennis Association has been the principle defender of the racist South African association and has protected it from expulsion for the world tennis federation." The press release says the President of the Association has refused to call a meeting of his Executive Committee to discuss the international and national implications of the match; the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa and the Organization of African Unity have both called for the cancelation of the match and stated that there could be a boycott of all United States athletes in all sports. The press release discusses Slew Hester, President of the U.S.T.A., and racism in sport.
Used by permission of Dennis Brutus.
Collection: Private collection of Robert Edgar