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Left: Simpson completes the coin toss for Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams during a 2008 exhibition tennis match in Knoxville, Tennessee, held by the Lenny Simpson Tennis and Education Fund to benefit One Love Tennis. Opposite: One of Lenny’s signature volley shots. 66 WBM february 2015 Left: Simpson, second from left in the bottom row, is pictured with his East Tennessee State University Buccaneers tennis teammates. Below, left: From 1974 to 1976, Simpson played men’s doubles and mixed doubles for the professional tennis team the Detroit Loves, part of the World Tennis Team founded by Billie Jean King and her husband in 1973. Simpson was the first African American on the team. Simpson in his Detroit Loves uniform, which was later displayed at the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington. Below, right: Simpson was the director of tennis and ran the adult and junior tennis camps at the highly elite Nick Bollettieri’s tennis camp in 1976.


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