Former nationally top ranked junior and collegiate player and world ranked player Bobby Blair who lived life in the closet as a gay athlete and coach has announced a new book and foundation.
“Bobby Blair is committed to providing a safe and confidential support team for LGBT
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) athletes around the globe and by sharing his own experiences and showing how important it is to live your truth, I know he will make a major impact in the lives of those he reaches through his Foundation and his new book,” said Billie Jean King.
During the Celebration of Grand Slam Tennis in New York City, A Press Conference to announce the first publication of the autobiography of Bobby Blair who is currently authoring his autobiography with writer Barry Buss is scheduled at the Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday,
August 29. 2013.
Blair was an American professional tennis player in the 80s and ranked in the top five tennis players in the United States Nationally in the Boys 18 and under, was a member of the 1983 US Junior Davis Cup Team reaching the finals of The USTA Boys 18 and under National Clay Courts Championships in the summer of 1983 where he lost a three-set marathon match to future top 10 player in the world Aaron Krickstein.
Blair was one of the first top-ranked players who were developed at the famed Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Blair was an All American at the University of Arkansas in 1986 and was ranked among the top 5 Division One singles players in the United States, a member of the 1986 US Junior Davis Cup College Team and participated in Russia as a member of the American team in the US Goodwill Games.
Blair founded the US Rookie Professional Tennis Team in 1988. In 1990, Blair was hired to serve as the head coach for Billie Jean King for the World Team Tennis Franchise Wellington Aces for the 1990 & 1991 season. In 1992, Blair was hired as head coach and general manager of the World Team Tennis Franchise Tampa Bay Action. In 1992 Blair started his own Tennis Academy with a World Tennis Magazine “collector’s edition” feature story “Will Bobby Blair Be The Next Nick Bollettieri?” Blair was hired in 1996 as a USTA National Coach.
In addition to announcing his upcoming autobiography, Bobby Blair will share information on his foundation that provides healthy opportunities and mentoring for the LGBT community.
Nick Bollettieri, Carling Bassett-Seguso, Barry Buss: (Co Author of Bobby Blair autobiography, Author of “First In A Field Of Two”, former #1 tennis player at UCLA.), LZ Granderson: (ESPN Journalist/Commentator and GLAAD Journalist of the year.), Luke Jensen and Sven Groeneveld players in the world) are all scheduled to attend and speak.