Four in One Tennis Experience

Four in One Tennis Experience
Item# ISBN: 978-0-8059-8900-7

by William A. Washington

This is a tell-all portrait of a successful African-American tennis family in America from 1971 to 2005 (the good and the silent frustrations). We have the unique distinction of being the only tennis family to have had four siblings to reach the pro ranks in the United States and perhaps the world. They have all competed at the Australian, the Wimbledon, and US Open Championships.

My family essentially became a role model for tennis families everywhere. We started without help and made it to the top. I am sharing how we did it from start to finish and what motivated us to keep doing it. I remember how we did it, and I believe other families can duplicate our success if they work as a team while applying the same principles. The thing to remember is there is no shortcut. Thatís why it is important that we share our experiences with you.


I earned a bachelor of science degree from Jackson State College in 1961 and a masterís degree from Southern Illinois University in 1964. My work experience includes two years as a high school teacher in my hometown of West Point, Mississippi. I worked for five years at the State University of New York as a special programs administrator and assistant dean of students from 1965 to 1969. I also worked for twenty years as a corporate education and training consultant for General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan, from 1971 to 1991.

I am the patriarch and coach of a pro tennis family, four of whom competed professionally (Micheala, MaliVai, Mashiska, and Mashona). Two are currently active pro athletes on the ATP and WTA tour (Mashona and Mashiska). One is retired and works as a sports commentator for ESPN (MaliVai). And Micheala is retired and serves as family manager.

I have taught tennis for thirty-eight years, coaching all my tennis siblings from diapers to the top of the tennis world.

As a writer, I have written a dozen or more articles for tennis magazines over the years. Therefore, I am well able to write this project.

(2007, paperback, 298 pages)

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