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Arthur Ashe

Commentator Brooks Smith is rediscovering Richmond's sports history. In this segment, he recalls the life and career of tennis great Arthur Ashe.

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 - February 6, 1993) was a professional tennis player, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. During his career, he won three Grand Slam titles, putting him among the best ever from the U.S. Ashe, an African American, is also remembered for his efforts to further social causes. After his retirement, Ashe took on many new tasks, including founding the National Junior Tennis League, and serving as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team. He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. He also founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS.