Dorchester tennis club honors its founders, looks to future
Elisa A. Batista
Known by a longtime user as "the mecca of black tennis," the Franklin Field Tennis Center on Blue Hill Avenue has embraced inner-city youth for 35 years.
The first black-owned and black-operated tennis center became a national model as it introduced the sport to inner-city children and was a pulpit for black tennis stars like Arthur Ashe and Althea Gibson.
"This is the mother ship right here," said James "Jimmy" Hite, president of the Carter Playground Tennis Association and a tennis instructor for 23 years.
Hite along with many other club members and supporters including …