Match Points

TITLE: DAYS OF GRACE: A MEMOIR

AUTHORS: ARTHUR ASHE AND ARNOLD RAMPERSAD

PUBLISHER: KNOPF; 317 PAGES; $24

THE BOTTOM LINE: The late tennis star is unnecessarily defensive in this posthumously published memoir about court manners, reputation and facing overwhelming odds.

Arthur Ashe left the tantrum tennis to Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe and let his silvery racket heap the abuse. The United States Tennis Association ranked him among its top 10 players seven times during the 1970s. He was No. 1 in 1975 when he beat Connors at Wimbledon, and fifth in 1979 when he had his first heart...

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