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As a tennis player Arthur Ashe was one of the best of his time His legacy on the other hand will be the positive changes in society as a whole Though at his best he was for many the very definition of tennis tennis never defined Arthur Ashe As a child growing up in segregated Richmond Virginia Arthurs physical stature did little to indicate his future career as a professional athlete Another tragic event that did not stop Arthur from greatness was his mothers passing while Arthur was only six years old Though heartbroken Arthurs memory of his beloved mother was a source of inspiration throughout his life Upon graduation from high school Arthur was good enough to earn a tennis scholarship to UCLA It was at UCLA that Arthur became recognized for his tennis ability on a national level including an individual and team NCAA championship in 1965 He was growing as a person as well graduating in 1966 with a BA in Business Administration Ashe was selected in 1963 to represent the United States in Davis Cup play an honor in which he took great pride In doing so he also became the first African-American to be selected to play for the American team In one year when he won the US Open and played a key role in the United States winning the Davis Cup At a time when tennis popularity was growing by leaps and bounds the amount of prize money being offered to the players was lagging Ashe and several other players formed in 1969 what later became known as the ATP Association of Tennis Professionals It is from this small and visionary beginning that todays top players enjoy the large sums of prize money for which they compete Later that year as the 1-ranked American Arthur applied for a visa to play in the South African Open His visa was denied because of the color of his skin Though
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