Arthur Ashe “’He trusted me…. With my father, my reputation was solid,’” said Arthur Ashe, when he

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Arthur Ashe “’He trusted me…. With my father, my reputation was solid,’” said Arthur Ashe, when he was falsely accused of destroying a cabin during a tennis competition in 1960 (Lazo 38-40). As an African American at the time, Ashe constantly faces discrimination and limited opportunities. However, despite having a more challenging childhood than his tennis playing peers, Arthur Ashe risen to become an admirable athlete and achieved his American Dream. Naturally, like many other colored children, Ashe was treated differently, but he was determined not to let this bias restraint his potentials. Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was born in July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia, to Mattie Ashe and Arthur Ashe Sr., his father, who was a public parks…show more content…
Finally, after many years of hard work, Arthur Ashe became a nationally recognized tennis player who uses his fame to make the world a better place. In 1970, Ashe’s visa was refused by the South African government because of its apartheid system; preventing him from attending that year’s South African Open (“Arthur Ashe”). As a result, he took actions to raise awareness of the country’s racial separation, "gained support from many prominent individuals and organization… and was successful in banning the country from the Davis Cup games” (“Arthur Ashe”). Eventually, in 1973, Ashe was able to play tennis on South Africa’s soil (Woods). Through out his active years, Ashe had had many remarkable games and won numerous championships. Such as the 1968 U.S. National Championship, 1968 U.S. Open, and 1970 Australian Open (Johnson 209). However, his victory over Jimmy Connors at the 1975 Wimbledon could be considered as his most remarkable game of all (Johnson 209). At the time, Connors was the number one ranking tennis player in the United States, a powerful player that the public did not expect to be defeated by Ashe (Johnson 209). Ashe gained more fame after that, which aided him on his social reforms. He helped form the Association of Men’s Tennis Professionals, founded the National Junior Tennis League, and established the ABC Cities Tennis Program, the

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