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Capital Tennis: A Memoir Hardcover – December 1, 2004

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"Ritzenberg has written a grand-slam memoir about his life and times as official Washington's favorite tennis pro." -- David Ignatius (syndicated columnist for "The Washington Post")

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Francis Press; y First edition edition (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966505190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966505191
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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