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NEW HAVEN — As Roy Smith stepped onto the Yale Varsity Courts for his Oracle Challenger Series match Tuesday afternoon, the footsteps of his life were surrounding him.
He stood across the street from Edgewood Park, where he learned tennis as a kid. A mile away was St. Aedan School, where Smith attended school as a kid. A few miles in another direction was the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, where he earned a diploma two years ago.