ARTHUR ASHE: Portrait in Motion by Arthur & Frank Deford Ashe

ARTHUR ASHE: Portrait in Motion

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One year and 165,000 miles -- Wimbledon to Wimbledon, 1973-74 -- in the life of a globe. trotting tennis ace who ""grew up on slow concrete."" This frank and disarmingly astute journal follows Ashe both on court and off -- whether returning a Laver drop shot, reflecting on his (sh)amateurism days, lobbying for integration in Johannesburg, being elected president of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), or breaking up with his white girl friend of two years. The rigorous pace of the pro tennis tour -- the travel, fatigue and tie-breaker losses -- is even more strenuous for a self-confessed ""loner"" when ""it's just you out there."" Still, Ashe managed to win three of nine tournament finals in addition to the personal coup achieved when he finally gained entrance into South Africa. A thoughtful, soft-spoken self-portrait -- in tennis parlance a double-bagel.

Pub Date: April 23rd, 1975
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin