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Gr 4-7--This volume chronicles Ashe's rise from the African-American neighborhoods of Richmond, VA, to become one of the greatest American tennis players ever. With special focus on the athlete's role in breaking open the white world of tennis, this bittersweet story is a telling look at the competitive world of amateur and professional sports. Through his battles to be the best and to make tennis color blind, Ashe continually displayed discipline, strength of character, and strongly held beliefs. As he fought first heart disease and then AIDS, he demonstrated that his hard-earned successes were not flukes but the accomplishments of a great human being. A smattering of black-and-white photos are included. This useful source for reports covers similar ground as David Collins's Arthur Ashe (Dillon, 1994), but provides more details about tennis and about Ashe's health struggles.
Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA
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