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GAME, SET, MATCH, CHAMPION ARTHUR ASHE by Crystal Hubbard

GAME, SET, MATCH, CHAMPION ARTHUR ASHE

By Crystal Hubbard (Author) , Kevin Belford (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 11

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60060-366-2
Publisher: Lee & Low

This illustrated biography of sports icon Arthur Ashe follows the trajectory of his remarkable tennis career from his childhood attraction to the sport to his greatest triumph as Wimbledon champion. Ashe’s rise from the segregated courts of Jim Crow–era Richmond, Va., to the top of a sport associated with restrictive country clubs continues to resonate, primarily because he used his celebrity to champion civil rights at home and abroad. His death from AIDS-related pneumonia also maintained interest in his story. Hubbard does a creditable job telling his story, particularly in describing tennis matches and Ashe’s strategies for winning. She has identified some of the most compelling events from Ashe’s past as examples of a complex and influential life, and her focus on Ashe’s mental abilities are a balance to his recognized athletic skills. The excellent backmatter includes an afterword, chronology, author's note and bibliography. The illustrations are an uneven addition, however; some complement the action described, but others are too static for such a physical story. (Biography. 7-11)