Quotes of the Day for 10 July 2012 – Arthur Ashe
Arthur Robert Ashe was born at Richmond, Virginia on this day in 1943. He started playing tennis at age seven, moved to Saint Louis, Missouri high school, and in 1963 he was granted a tennis scholarship to UCLA. Ashe served two years in the US Army before starting tournament play. He set a few records for his tennis, with a career record of 818 wins, 260 losses, and 33 titles, but the list of records in which he was the first black person to win a given tournament is even longer. Ashe retired from tennis in 1980 following heart surgery. He married Jeanne Moutoussamy in a 1977 ceremony at the United Nations headquarters chapel. In 1988 he learned that he had been infected with the HIV virus from a blood transplant during one of his two heart surgeries, which he announced in 1992. He spent much of his last year campaigning for AIDS-related causes.
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From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.
I don't care who you are, you're going to choke in certain matches. You get to a point where your legs don't move and you can't take a deep breath. You start to hit the ball about a yard wide, instead of inches.
Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.
The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.
You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing.
All from Arthur Ashe, 1943 - 1993
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