When NY Times Sports Columnist Bill Rhoden, one of the co-hosts for the evening, spoke with What’s The 411’s (WhatsThe411.com) Correspondent Andrew Rosario, he too, went below the surface, as he remembered Arthur Ashe. Rhoden views Arthur Ashe as a pioneer in the world of tennis much like Jackie Robinson was a trailblazer in baseball.
“Coming into a sport in a context, where, like, Jackie Robinson, those kind of people, where you know that it’s not just about tennis or baseball and it’s not just about you, that you do represent a lot of people,” stated Bill Rhoden.
“And I think that Arthur carried that well and he expected other people, other tennis players, other Black athletes to carry themselves that same way too. So, I think clearly, he (Arthur Ashe) was a product of his time, of the South, of the sport, of the politics and sociology of the sport, and he embraced it.”