Arthur Ashe

Tennis Player
Born Jul 10, 1943

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was a World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States. Ashe, an African American, was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked World No.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born in 1943.


1963 20 Years Old Ashe was awarded a tennis scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1963. … Read More
1965 22 Years Old In 1965, Ashe won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) singles title and contributed to UCLA's winning the team NCAA tennis championship. … Read More
1966 23 Years Old Ashe was also a member of the UCLA Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after completing camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, in the summer of 1966.
1968 25 Years Old In 1968, Ashe won the United States Amateur Championships against Davis Cup Teammate Bob Lutz, and the inaugural US Open and aided the U.S Davis Cup team to victory. … Read More
1969 26 Years Old In 1969, Ashe turned professional.
1970 27 Years Old In 1970, Ashe won his second Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open.
1972 29 Years Old Concerned that tennis professionals were not receiving winnings commensurate with the sport's growing popularity, Ashe supported formation of the Association of Tennis Professionals in 1972. … Read More


1975 32 Years Old In 1975, Ashe won Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors in the final. … Read More
1977 34 Years Old …  On February 20, 1977, Ashe married Jeanne Moutoussamy, a photographer he had met four months earlier. … Read More
Arthur played for a few more years, but after being slowed by heart surgery in 1979, he retired in 1980. … Read More


1983 40 Years Old In 1983, Ashe underwent a second round of heart surgery to correct the bypass surgery he received back in 1979.
1985 42 Years Old He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.
1988 45 Years Old In 1988, Ashe fell ill and discovered he had contracted HIV during the blood transfusions he had received during his second heart surgery, which ultimately led to his death.
1992 49 Years Old 1 More Event
He and his wife kept his illness private until April 8, 1992, when reports that the newspaper USA Today was about to publish a story about his health condition because of his increasingly gaunt physical appearance forced him to make a public announcement that he had the disease. … Read More


1993 50 Years Old Ashe died from an advanced HIV infection related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.
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