United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young once said, “he took the burden of race and wore it as a cloak of dignity” (Bradley). A promising career as a tennis player, being the first African American tennis player to be ranked number one in the world, was paralleled with success in the battle for racial equality around the world (“Achievements”). People were touched and impacted, yet they only know him for his tennis accomplishments. He, Arthur Ashe, dedicated his life to helping others, as his life was goal was to help the poor, unfortunate, and misinformed (Carter). Arthur Ashe’s advanced coaching, competition, and acceptance into UCLA all led to his successful tennis career, including playing in the Davis Cup for the US and coaching the US Davis Cup after retirement, that enabled him to establish organizations, comfort minorities, and inspire others.
The two coaches Arthur had as a child through his adulthood had a snowball effect on Arthur Ashe’s skill and game. Ashe received the best coaching possible during the early years of his life(“Life Story”). Ronald Charity was one of the best African American tennis players in the nation. Fortunately for Arthur, one of the best African American players had a rising interest in him. To Arthur’s surprise, Charity also served as a part-time coach (“Life Story”). From the beginning to the end, the coaching Arthur received from Ronald Charity was important because it was the start of his prestigious tennis career. Charity’s tennis background as an elite African American tennis player, was useful when working with Arthur because he used his experience and knowledge to work “with him [Arthur] regularly, teaching him strokes, and proper form” (“Life Story”). As every tennis player does, Ashe p...
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