Arthur Ashe Quotes
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Mattie Cordell Cunningham Ashe
University of California, Los Angeles, Sumner High School, Maggie L. WalkerGovernor's School for Government and International Studies,
Arthur Ashe has left an undeniable mark in the field of tennis since he was the first African American to reach the highest position possible in this field. Climbing the ladder of success was quite a herculean task for this 3 time "Grand Slam" title winner. His mother passed away when Arthur was about 6 years, and his father was quite strict. The man was fond of Arthur but did not want him to misuse the fact that he did not have a mother. Consequently, Arthur led an extremely controlled childhood. The tennis champ says, "My father " kept me home, out of trouble. I had exactly 12 minutes to get home from school, and I kept to that rule through high school." One day Ashe found a tennis racket in a park near his house and thus began the incredible journey of a 7-year-old boy, who rose to become the world's number 1 tennis player. The last 14 years of this sportsman's life was beleaguered with terrible ailments, like AIDS and finally succumbed to the dreaded disease in 1993. A year before his death, the tennis player said in an interview that, suffering from AIDS was not the biggest burden in his life, but being black was. The tales of Ashe's struggle to taste success proves that if we want to succeed in life, there is absolutely nothing that can stop us.