Black History Trailblazers: Margaret and Matilda Roumania Peters, Tennis’s Original Sister Act

Before Serena and Venus Williams, there was Margaret and Matilda Roumania Peters. Margaret and Matilda Roumania Peters known as “Pete and Re-Pete”, dominated the courts in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s under the ATA, a league formed to give African-Americans a chance to play compete on a national level. The Peters sisters won 14 double championships, a record that still remains. The USTA, an organization that denied African-American a chance to compete during the Peters’ sisters career, honored the duo with an achievement award during the Fed Cup quarterfinals in DC. They were also inducted into the USTA’s Mid-Atlantic Section Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Sadly, Matilda died in 2003 and Margaret the following year. Their legacy lives on.




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