New Richmond Heights park recognizes Arthur Ashe and Richard Hudlin


International tennis player Arthur Ashe and his coach Richard Hudlin, who both broke racial barriers in the sport, are getting their own park right next to the place that started it all.

The city of Richmond Heights and the Richmond Heights Historical Society dedicated the Ashe-Hudlin Park on Sunday. The small park is located at the intersection of Bennett Avenue and Laclede Station Road, next to Hudlin’s former home at 1221 Laclede Station Road where Ashe also lived and practiced.

In 1960, a teenage Ashe relocated from Richmond, Virginia to St. Louis, where he would eventually graduate from Sumner High School, where Hudlin also taught and coached. At the time, African-Americans interested in tennis in Richmond were not allowed to use the indoor tennis…

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