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Black Georgetown Remembered: Serving Up Talent

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Professional talent scouts the world over often attest to the fact that natural, home-spun talent remains largely overlooked on the nation’s blacktops, within urban choirs, and other intellectual centers. Few examples exemplify this like the dynamic talent of Georgetown tennis players, Roumania and Margaret Peters.

Between the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the sisters, affectionately nicknamed Pete (Margaret) and Repeat (Roumania), dominated the Black tennis circuit. Touring with the American Tennis Association, the nation’s most prolific African-American sports club, the sisters’ records would eventually include winning 14 doubles titles in 15 years. The American Tennis Association (ATA) founded on November 30, 1916 by more than a dozen Black tennis clubs is an all-black tennis association that functioned parallel to the white-only United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA).Trained on the Rose Park playground across from their Georgetown home, the Peters sisters often practiced for hours each day to perfect their considerable techniques.

“These young girls were the precursors to Althea Gibson, Venus and Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka, in the sense that they would not allow the restrictions and barriers placed in their way to stop them from achieving their goals,” sports historian Jarricka Ward told The Informer. “The Peters sisters challenged racism – whether experienced in Georgetown, towns surrounding Tuskegee, or on the world stage – by whipping the tails of their opponents and shutting the mouths of the naysayers.”

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