In 1937, at age 13, Aris Franklin walked into Lester Fry's shop on East Exchange in Akron and bought his first tennis racquet. Over the next decade, before he graduated from medical school in 1948, Franklin would become the dominant figure on the Akron tennis scene. He won his first tournament that first year - a mixed-doubles title with Hall of Famer Shirley Fry. More than 100 other district titles, at every age level, would follow. In 1945, representing Ohio State University, Franklin won the Big 10 singles championship. That year, he also won the Big 10 doubles title. He repeated as doubles champion in 1946 and was runner-up for the singles crown. Franklin, who won the Akron men's tennis title four times, was the Akron city champion in racquetball in 1967 and has also won several area golf tournaments.