The title is more than a tennis phrase: Mr. Ashe, the young Negro Davis Cup player and potential great, humbly acknowledges that he has received advantages that he could no more have expected than he deserved them. The son of upright and hard-working people, he was ""adopted"" from the age of ten by a series of individuals who nurtured him and, more importantly, over thousands of hours taught him the exquisite art of tournament tennis. Recalling a civic celebration in Richmond honoring him, he comments: ""Tennis had turned me from a nobody into news. Instead of a field hand...I was a university-educated world traveler."" It's a sensitive book altogether, combining modesty, pride and a sort of relentless realism--and evidence that nice gums sometimes finish first.