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Arthur Robert Ashe Jr Arthur Robert Ashe Jr was born on July 10 1943 in Richmond VA He was the eldest child born After him cam his brother John Their parents Arthur Sr and Mattie Ashe raised Arthur and John Arthur Sr worked as a police officer for the Richmond Recreation Department Arthurs mother was a frail housewife that spent most of her time with him Arthur would love to read and listen to music all day After his mothers death Arthur used to stare out the window and every day watch a man play a sport but he didnt know what it was He later realized it was called tennis One day at the age of seven Arthur picked up a racquet and a ball and went to the tennis court that said Negroes Only He did that everyday and with hard practice he became pretty good He then got some coaching to compete in tournaments Soon after Arthur entered into many tournaments By age ten he had a shelf full of trophies Arthur played in the American Tennis Association ATA Then Arthur went on a winning streak In 1955 he won the ATA 12-and under championship In 1957-1958 he won the ATA 15-and-under championship In 1960 he won the ATA 18-and-under championship and the Junior Singles title He one it again in 1961 Before his senior year Arthur was ranked the fifth junior tennis player in the US He moved to St Louis Missouri to train full time with coach Richard Hudlin That was one of Arthurs accomplishments At Baker Elementary School in Richmond Arthur got all As and Bs and was the brightest student in his class He graduated from Summer High School in St Louis with the highest grade point average in his class His excellent academic and tennis work earned him a scholarship to the University of California at Los Angeles The was another one of Arthurs many accomplishments
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