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Arthur Ashe


“The ideal attitude is to be physically losse and mental tight ” Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe died 30 years ago today.  Many people only know of him because of Arthur Ashe Kids Day or the Arthur Ashe statue at the National Tennis Center.  This web site gives us the facts about his life and what he stood for.  Although he became #1 in the world in tennis, there was always more to Arthur Ashe than winning tennis tournaments (which he did 34 times in his career).  There was so much more to Ashe than his tennis that Sports Illustrated named him Sportsman of the Year 13 years after he retired from tennis.  Arthur will be forever connected to our area.  He spearheaded the founding of 15-LOVE.  Click on the link below to find out more about this great ambassador for our sport and explore the sites many pages.


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A few more Quotes from Arthur Ashe:

“Drummed into me, above all, by my dad, by the whole family, was that without your good name, you would be nothing.”

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

Supporting Tennis Projects

Want to support a Tennis Project? One way is to go to Indiegogo.com where you will find the Tennis Youth Project.

Youth Tennis Project

“Youth Tennis Project provides custom tennis rackets to kids to use for free in our public courts. Our goal is to get 250,000 tennis rackets to kids. Every accumulation of $100.00 we will give a custom tennis racket to the kids. We will work alongside the USTA partners to distribute these rackets.

Over the past three decades, childhood obeseity rates in America have tripled and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of childeren are overweight or obese.

Even though these numbers are grim, we can start making a change.

I’ve been involved in tennis for years and it frustrated me that we’re not doing more to make tennis fun and attractive for kids.

So I developed a process to custom wrap tennis racket frames using liquid printing. It took trial and error, but when we got it right it was amazing. It looked so cool that I thought this is a chance for all kids to belong to a tennis club… the youth tennis project club!”

Read More or make a contribution – HERE

Contributions of $25 get a custom designed T-Shirt; $100 gets a T-Shirt and a Visor; $250 gets a custom Metal Tennis Racquet; $500 gets a custom Composite Tennis Racquet and $1,000 gets a custom, top of the line Graphite Racquet.

Another project at indiegogo is buildOn‘s Lower Merion High School chapter and Legacy Tennis Education teaming up to travel to Haiti to build another school!

Lower Merion High School’s buildOn Chapter is teaming up with Legacy Tennis and Education Center this school year in the attempt to build another school in a deserving Haitian Community. Last year, 18 Lower Merion High School students successfully raised over $70,000 to finance the construction of a school in Taverne, Haiti. They then traveled to Taverne last May and spent two weeks living with host families, working side by side with the community to physically construct the school.

This was a life-changing event for the 18 Lower Merion High School students that participated. There wasn’t a dry eye between our Trekkies and the community members of Taverne when we left and the bonds and connections remain strong today. We would like to offer this experience to a second group of students from Lower Merion High School and heighten the experience even further by teaming up with our friends from Legacy Tennis and Education Center.

Our goal is to raise the money necessary to finance a new school and once again travel back to Haiti to build it. This experience will not only provide a Haitian community with the educational opportunities they deserve, but it will continue to change the lives of our students here at both Lower Merion and Legacy, guiding them to further service and commitment to important causes in the future.

About Legacy Tennis:

About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.


In 1952, William J. Clothier, II founded the Philadelphia Tennis Patrons Association which was merged with the Philadelphia National Junior Tennis League 44 years later to become Philadelphia Youth Tennis. In 2003, Philadelphia Youth Tennis became Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education; a leader 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Three years later, the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center located in East Falls was constructed as a premiere facility dedicated to innovative youth tennis and education programming.  In 2012, the organization became Legacy Youth Tennis and Education.

Today we provide high quality tennis instruction by experienced instructors, educational programming, and positive opportunities to more than 4,500 children annually, most of whom participate at little or no cost through our indoor after-school and community programs and the National Junior Tennis and Learning’s outdoor summer program. Using tennis as the primary motivator, the programs teach positive, rewarding lessons, build confidence, and provide a framework of personal discipline

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Programming

Our organization has a deep rooted history and tradition in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and Camden.  We stand on the shoulders of so many devoted individuals and families who comprise the multi-textured fabric of who we are and what we do.  These people provide us with inspiration and guidance for empowering young people, especially those who come from families and communities lacking in resources and opportunities.  One of these individuals is the great Arthur Ashe.  Arthur Ashe’s legacy is a rich one and includes extraordinary tennis achievements, breaking racial barriers in an overwhelmingly white tennis community and serving as an active, engaged citizen deeply involved in the issues of the day. This remarkable man has served as a model and beacon around which we have been actively building out programming for helping young people grow as individuals and as caring, responsible, and active citizens. We are building and expanding on our programming to reflect Arthur’s life and legacy, as well as many local pioneers who have helped us blaze a trail with and for the young people we serve.

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education currently operates various programs both in communities in and around greater Philadelphia, and at our campus center in East Falls.

Youth Leadership

The Goodstein Junior Leadership initiative is a vital part of our organization and the wider community. The young leaders in this program are actively involved in homelessness and hunger relief, literacy and tennis instruction with young Legacy participants, recycling and environmental awareness. The young participants are fully involved in key aspects of the organization, including low-dollar fundraising and many facets of program-planning and design, and low-dollar fundraising support. In many ways, they have become the standard-bearers for what Arthur Ashe himself saw as the fundamental mission of our organization – providing opportunities for young people to become active, engaged citizens in the broader community.

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U.S. Open Wrap Up

John and Patrick McEnroe at the 2009 US Open

Always a good read.  Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated does a post tournament wrap up on the U.S. Open.  “50 Parting Shots from the U.S.Open”  Below are some of the 50, read the whole article – HERE

• We’ve been beating the “Conflicts of interests are holding back the sport” drum — it’s a big drum; a bass drum; actually more like an oil drum — for a while now. It didn’t take long to get an unseemly example. On the very first night of play, Donald Young played Federer in the Monday prime-time match. The notion of the McEnroe brothers commenting on Donald Young is akin to letting the Van Gundy brothers commentate on Dwight Howard’s first game • Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

as a Los Angeles Laker. (If not Roger Goodell reviewing Jonathan Vilma’s BBQ restaurant.) Simply waaaaay too much personal history there. As one Canadian journalist tweeted right away: “PMac doing a DYoung match one of those incestuous tennis things that should never happen. 2hr platform to rip him w/o defence. #cantlisten.”

• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

Over email and Twitter, I must have received 100 messages on this theme, most of them a variation of this riff from Marco of Portland, Ore.: “It was a regrettable and completely unprofessional display by John and Patrick, both of whom — despite the allowances we make for the benefit of their candor — should really know better. The commentary wasn’t correct or incorrect. It was just ugly.”

Patrick McEnroe, the USTA’s general manager of player development, is in an executive tennis position. It’s an inherently controversial and polarizing job in the best of times, but especially as the USTA, rich as it may be in funding, struggles to harvest talent. McEnroe and the organization that pays him have “skin in the game” on countless issues from this Taylor Townsend debacle, to Sloane Stephens’ coaching mishigas, to the ATP players’ boycott threats at majors, to the divisive QuickStart program, to the proposed college tennis changes, to the build-a-roof discussion, to the allocation of U.S. Open wild cards, to discussing whether the American fans should’ve cheered harder for Venus Williams over the years. Putting P-Mac in a position to commentate is terribly fraught. It’s also terribly unfair to him. He’s in a no-win situation — and he is losing. So, too, are the viewers and fans.

• From the Little Things Mean a Lot category: Ana Ivanovic beats Sofia Arvidsson on Arthur Ashein the second round and hits a signed ball into the stands. A fan tries to make the catch and clumsily drops the ball. Someone else absconds with it. So Ivanovic whips off a wristband, hands it to a court attendant and makes sure the poor guy goes home with a souvenir.

• Punk Alert, Bernard Tomic. Check out this exchange. Totally legitimate questions by Will Swanton (whom I do not know). I would contend that his responses were not only professional but also solicitous. What a bush-league response from Tomic.

More Kudla

MEET DENIS KUDLA from “On The Go Tennis” Blog

Denis Kudla is one of the rising American stars on the ATP World Tour. Today he stunned Ivo Karlovic in his first round at Newport, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4, and afterwards he sat down with me to do a quick off-court Q & A.

Q. What is your greatest moment on the tennis court?
Definitely today, today was my greatest moment, beating Ivo Karlovic. It just gave me a sense of belief that I could really make it. I’ll also say, when I was 14 or 15, being on Arthur Ashe Stadium and playing on Arthur Ashe Kid’s Day. It was really incredible for me. Seeing Federer and Nadal, looking up to them as a young kid, it was just a dream.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I would probably say someone who does everything really slow and takes their time on everything, or chewing with your mouth open. I can’t stand that.

Q. What is your greatest fear?
Spiders. I’m terrified of spiders. Even on the internet I freak out.

Q. Any nicknames?
A lot people call me Kuds, you know Kudla’s my last name, and that’s pretty much it.

Q. Do you have a lucky charm that you bring on the court?
No, not really. I try to get away from superstition and lucky things because then I’ll depend on it too much. I use this chain, [points to neck] a cross from my Grandma from Ukraine, so I consider that my lucky charm.

Q. Do you still have a lot of family in Ukraine?
No, not really, I just have a grandma over there now.

Q. When did you come over to the States?
I was one.

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