By Paul Mantell
Arthur Ashe (1943-1993) used to be the 1st African American guy to win an immense tennis event.
He didn't commence with a love of the game--his favourite activity used to be truly baseball--but starting to be up within the racist south, Arthur made up our minds he may sooner or later play activities on courts that didn't permit black athletes. After proving himself a traditional at the tennis courtroom, and suffering from committing to the sport, Arthur loved decades of championship tennis, topped by way of achievements: his victory over Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon, and competing in Byrd Park, Virginia, a park he used to be no longer allowed to play in while he was once a baby. unluckily, in the course of middle surgical procedure in 1983, it truly is most likely that Ashe used to be given blood tainted with HIV. He turned an lively fundraiser and speaker on behalf of AIDS examine. In 1997 the U.S. Tennis Center's major stadium in long island urban was once named Arthur Ashe Stadium in honor of his many contributions to the sport.
This inspiring biography showcases Ashe's braveness within the face of bigotry.
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Arthur Ashe: Young Tennis Champion (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Paul Mantell