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Arthur Ashe

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My name is Arthur Ashe, and I'm the most winningest African American tennis star in history. I had won the most renowned tournaments in the world. I had won both the U.S. and Australian Open, 3 grand slams, and the focus of my story, Wimbledon, all in one lifetime.

It was a humid, summer day, the score was up 2-1 in matches, and I had a 1-point lead on my opponent, Jimmy Connors. Jimmy Connors was an incredibly renowned tennis star at the time, and I would lose to him countless times after this, but at this moment, he was starting to lose his rhythm.

I was born in Richmond, Virginia, on July 10th, 1943, and had to endure many hardships during my childhood. My mother had died when I was 6, leaving my father to have to take care of me and my 1-year-old little brother, Johnnie Ashe. I started to get into tennis when I was 7 years old, my father would take me to the neighborhood park, and my mentor, Dr. Walter Johnson, who taught female tennis star Althea Gibson years before me, would help me figure out the sport of tennis.

Through years and years of diligence, I finally made it to the main stage of Wimbledon, and I had to face opponent Bjorn Borg before facing my final opponent Jimmy Connors. Bjorn was difficult to get the upper hand, but I eventually was able to find my footing and beat him. In the finals, I had to beat top tennis star, Jimmy Connors. He was pretty much the best tennis player in the world at that point, and if I made any mistakes, I would most likely lose the tournament. I started with a 6-1 lead in the first 2 rounds, some of the best I ever played. In the 3rd round, I had lost by 2 points, 5-7. In our 4th and final round, I had gotten the lead on him by 1 point, 5-4, the timer was ticking and I needed to hold off until it was over. In one swift motion, I scored one more point to win the game, and that was that, that would be the first and only time I would win against him, but as of now, I had won one of the most prestigious tennis events.

By Sincere

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