Bob Ryland to Speak at Kairos Princeton

Ryland was born in Chicago in 1920 and was an outstanding junior tennis player. In 1939, he won the ATA junior championships and the Illinois High School championships. After graduation, he attended Wayne State University, where he became one of the first two black players to compete in the NCAA championships and made it to the semifinals.

Ryland became one of the world’s best tennis players despite the presence of segregation in the United States; until the final years of his career, he was prohibited from competing in the major tournaments.