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Biofile Arthur Ashe Interview

By Scoop Malinowski

Status: Former ATP no. 1 in 1968 and 1975. Won Wimbledon in 1975 and US Open as an amateur in 1968. Won Australian Open in 1970. Also won doubles at French Open in 1971 and 1977 Australian Open.

DOB: July 10, 1943 (Passed away Feb. 6, 1993) In: Richmond, VA

Childhood Heroes: Jackie Robinson. Pancho Gonzales.

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, reading.

Favorite Movies: Dr. Zhivago. The Defiant Ones.

Favorite Book: The Bible.

Favorite Food: Rice.

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: Oatmeal.

First Job: Working landscaping business for my dad.

Biggest Sports Thrill: Winning the Interscholastic title in 1961. National high school title.

Toughest Competitors Encountered: Connors, Billie Jean King. Ken Rosewall was like playing against a backboard. And Ilie Nastase was always interesting.

Musical Tastes: All kinds, Eric Clapton.

Favorite Players To Watch: Rod Laver. The greatest tennis player, he won two Grand Slams. The players are much better today. There’s more good players today and they’re better coached. And the equipment is better. Courier and Agassi are threats at any time to win on any surface.

Last Halloween Costume: A gorilla with my daughter as an angel.

Interesting Fact: I never had a paid tennis lesson in my life. I never paid a dime for a tennis lesson.

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: None I can think of. My father would have felt great embarrassment if I acted like an ass on the court.

College: UCLA (Business Administration).

Note: This Biofile interview was conducted at a Safe Passage Clinic at the Pathmark Tennis Classic in Mahwah, NJ in July 1992.

You can read more Biofiles at

Arthur Ashe Stadium at US Open.

Arthur Ashe discusses 1975 Wimbledon final tactics vs Connors

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