Today we’re thrilled to reveal the cover for The Ashe Brothers: How Arthur and Johnnie Changed Tennis Forever by Judy Allen Dodson, illustrated by David Wilkerson! The book will be released on December 30, 2022 by Capstone Editions. Preorder it here.
As the 2022 US Open is set to begin in late August in New York City, there is no time like the present to pay homage to the great tennis player Arthur Ashe.
In 1968, Arthur Ashe climbed to the top of the tennis world in a time filled with racial tension and segregation. But his success didn’t happen without help. Arthur’s close relationship with his younger brother, Johnnie, was key to Arthur becoming the first Black man to break the color barrier in men’s tennis.
A layered story full of love, teamwork, and unconditional support, The Ashe Brothers tells the little-known true story behind Arthur’s Grand Slam win.
Arthur zipped around on the court, ready for each shot coming his way. When he threw the ball high in the air—WHAM! It zoomed like a rocket over the net. But Johnnie was a rocket launcher too. He was Arthur’s built-in tennis partner and biggest fan. And when Johnnie served the ball—WHACK! It shot through the air like lightning. And no matter the outcome, Arthur and Johnnie left the court the same way they came in—as brothers and best friends.