Friday, July 6, 2012

Richmond is a Tennis Town!

Locals have long boasted that Richmond, Virginia is a great tennis town. Professional tournaments, exhibitions, nationally ranked college programs, record-breaking high school tennis programs, award winning tennis facilities, a talented array of innovative teaching professionals, a community tennis association with a successful track record of promoting tennis throughout the community for over fifty years, and thousands of active, enthusiastic tennis players of all ages and all levels of play--all add up to compelling evidence that Richmond well earned its recognition as one of the top three "Best Tennis Towns" in America according to a USTA-sponsored national contest in 2010. Mac has been a long time tennis player and is now getting back up to form! He enjoys playing matches with our neighbors and friends. We have also recently enjoyed watching the Wimbleton matches on TV.

This certainly brings to mind Richmond's most famous tennis player, Arthur Ashe. Ashe grew up and learned to play tennis in a segregated Richmond in the 1950's and early '60's. His skin color kept him off the majority of the City's courts, but of course, he went on to become one of the top players in the world. Ashe was born in Richmond on July 10, 1943 and attended Maggie Walker High School and UCLA. He was the first black player to be named to the US Davis cup team in 1963 and was a member of the Davis Cup team for 11 years. He served as captain from 1981 to 1985. His team won back to back cups in 1981-82. Ashe won the U.S. Open in 1968 and was ranked number one in the world that year. He won the Australian Open in 1970 and upset Jimmy Connors to win Wimbleton in 1975. Ashe died on February 6, 1993 from complications of AIDS that he contracted from a blood transfusion during heart surgery in 1983. The Arthur Ashe Monument on Monument Avenue was unveiled on July 10, 1996. It is the most recent addition to Monument Avenue, and is just two blocks away from Maury Place at Monument.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument