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He had a brother, Johnnie, who was five years younger than him. Ashe started playing tennis at 7 years of age and began practicing on the courts where his natural talent was spotted by Virginia Union University student and part-time Brookfield tennis instructor, Ron Charity, who as the best black tennis player in Richmond at the time, began to teach Ashe the basic strokes and encouraged him to enter local tournaments.
Ashe attended Maggie L. Walker High School where he continued to practice tennis. Ashe was coached and mentored by Johnson at his tennis summer camp home in Lynchburg, Virginia from when Ashe was age 10, until It was also his first integrated tennis competition.
He accepted an offer from Richard Hudlin, a year-old St. Louis teacher, tennis coach and friend of Dr. Johnson, to move to St. Louis and spend his senior year attending Sumner High School where he could compete more freely.
Ashe was able to practice at the National Guard Armory indoor courts and inafter lobbying by Dr. Johnson, he was granted permission to compete in the previously segregated U.
Interscholastic tournament and won it for the school. In December and again inAshe was featured in Sports Illustratedappearing in their Faces in the Crowd segment.
Morgan and practiced regularly with his sporting idol, Pancho Gonzaleswho lived nearby and helped hone his game. Ashe was also a member of the ROTC which required him to join active military service after graduation in exchange for money for tuition. He was active in other things, joining the Upsilon chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity on campus.
Ashe completed his basic training in Washington and was later commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on February 23,and was discharged from the Army in In andAshe reached the final of the Australian Championship but lost on both occasions to Roy Emerson.
He won the United States Amateur Championships against Davis Cup Teammate Bob Lutz, and the first US Open of the open erabecoming the first black male to capture the title and the only player to have won both the amateur and open national championships in the same year.
His only loss in the 12 Davis Cup tournament singles matches he played that year, was in the last dead rubber game after the U. S team had already clinched victory. The season closed with Ashe the winner of 10 of 22 tournaments with a win-loss match record.
In Septemberthe U. Davis Cup team retained the cup, beating Romania in the final challenge round, with Ashe winning both his singles matches. The same year, Ashe applied for a visa to play in the South African Open but was denied the visa by the South African government who enforced a strict apartheid policy of racial segregation.
He continued to apply for visas in the following years and the country continued to deny him one. In protest, he used this example of discrimination to campaign for U. With the competition somewhat depleted by the absence of some world-class National Tennis League NTL professional players barred by their league from entering because the financial guarantees were deemed too low, Ashe defeated Dick Crealy in straight sets in the final to become the first non-Australian to win the title since In Septembershortly after helping the U.
He went on to become its elected president in In Juneas a result of an ATP boycott, Ashe was one of 13 seeded players and 81 players in total who withdrew from the Wimbledon tournament to much public criticism.
The ban was upheld by the ILTF though they reduced it to just one month. Commentators considered that the boycott demonstrated the power of the fledgling ATP, and showed the tennis associations that professional players could no longer be dictated to. He lost in the final to Jimmy Connorsbut won the doubles with partner Tom Okker.
Despite boycotts against South African sport, Ashe believed that his presence could help break down stereotypes and that by competing and winning the tournament, it would stand as an example of the result of integration, and help bring about change in apartheid South Africa.
He reached the singles final again inlosing in straight sets to Connors for the second consecutive year. Later, inAshe addressed a small crowd of boycott supporters at the U.
S Open and admitted that he had been wrong to participate in South Africa and once again supported the boycott of South African players after he had tried to purchase tickets for some young Africans for a tennis match in South Africa, and was told to use an "Africans only" counter.
On July 5,in the first all-American Wimbledon final sinceAshe, seeded sixth and just a few days short of his 32nd birthday, won Wimbledon at his ninth attempt, defeating the overwhelming favourite and defending champion, Jimmy Connors.Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr.
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Arthur Ashe was a top ranked tennis player in the s and 70s. Raised in the segregated South, he was the first African-American male tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament.