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Capital Tennis: A Memoir is the personal musings of Allie Ritzenberg, founder and director of St. Albans Tennis Club. Ritzenberg's club was at the crest of a sweeping change, sparked during the Kennedy administration, in which Washington's power elite favored tennis rather than golf, the favored sport of the Eisenhower administration. Ritzenberg personally coached such memorable figures as Jacqueline Kennedy, Robert McNamara, George McGovern and Donna Shalala. Ritzenberg's memoir is packed with telling glimpses of dozens of public figures, as well as his own personal efforts to found the club as a place of equality as surely as the spirit of sports - though St. Albans was a private club, it would not discriminate on the basis of race or religion, an almost unprecedented decision in 1962, two years before Congress passed the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. An inset selection of black-and-white photographs rounds out this revealing, heartwarming, and inspirational testimony.
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