Arthur Ashe

American tennis player Arthur Ashe

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.
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10 July 1943

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2011 Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest Winners Announced During US Open - 10sBalls
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epa02315120 A fan rides an escalator up the outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2010 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, Meadows, New York, USA, 03 September 2010. The US Open Championship runs through 12
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Aetna honors Arthur Ashe at US Open - Hartford Business
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Hartford medical insurer Aetna announced a three-year agreement with the US Tennis Association on Wednesday to sponsor events at the US Open honoring late tennis great Arthur Ashe who served on Aetna's board of directors. In the three-year agreement ... - -
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Sprite, Elected Officials Unveil Spankin' New Tennis Court for BGHS - Patch.com
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The next Serena Williams or Arthur Ashe could be coming soon, right out of Bed-Stuy, now that a proper court has been made available to the aspiring tennis team at Boys & Girls High School. A perfectly sunny day set the stage for a
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Acts Announced For Arthur Ashe Kids' Day - Pollstar (blog)
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Arthur Ashe Kids' Day honors its namesake tennis legend and “continues his mission of using tennis as a means to instill in kids the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence.”
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What's New at the US Open in 2011? - Long Island Tennis Magazine
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11, 2001, with a pair of pre-match ceremonies in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Prior to the start of the prime-time women's singles final on Saturday, Sept. 10, there will be a special performance by Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Cyndi Lauper
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Roddick's bid for tennis greatness hits a bit of turbulence - Houston Chronicle
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So we Texans could even claim him as our own as he carved up Juan Carlos Ferrero on the floor of Arthur Ashe Stadium, then later cut up as the host of Saturday Night Live. Now that was transcendent stardom in the making. But Roddick's triumphant return
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It's Vinci vs. Begu for Budapest title - UPI.com
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Roberta Vinci of Italy reacts after losing a point to Venus Williams of the USA in the first round of the US Open Tennis Championships in Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City on August 30, 2010. UPI/John Angelillo BUDAPEST, Hungary,
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Celebrating Arthur Ashe, Wimbledon's First Black Winner and Social Activist - ColorLines magazine
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Arthur Ashe runs for the ball during a match at Wimbledon in England. (1975) (Getty Images) by Julianne Hing | Print | Comment ( View ) This week 36 years ago Arthur Ashe, who broke down barriers in his record-breaking career, became the first black
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10 Valpo Student-Athletes Receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award - Boxscore News
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Ten Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically
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Dewey Bozell Will Be Given The Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2011 ESPYs - BoxingInsider.com (blog)
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This isn'ta belief held by this year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner Dewey Bozella. The 2011 ESPYs will celebrate the courage and conviction that lead Bozella to the ultimate path of freedom after 26 years of imprisonment. Bozella's early life was
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Wimbledon mulling retractable roof for Court 1 - ESPN
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There are two retractable roofs at the Australian Open, and the French Open says it will have a retractable roof on its main stadium by 2016. The US Tennis Association says it does not plan to put a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the top court for the US
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Is Li Na the Next Arthur Ashe? - Huffington Post (blog)
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... however, she will enter a rare nexus of sports, politics and culture. Like Arthur Ashe and Martina Navratilova before her, she might transcend tennis. Let's hope she manufactures herself into something more than a mere sports star. by Michael Levy
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    FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 49
    On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then United States President Bill Clinton.
    On February 12, 1993, a memorial service for Ashe was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.
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    On February 6, 1993, Ashe died from AIDS-related pneumonia at New York Hospital.
  • 1992
    Age 48
    In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1992, he addressed the growing need for AIDS awareness and increased research funding saying "We want to be able to look back and say to all concerned that we did what we had to do, when we had to do it, and with all the resources required."
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    In September 1992, Ashe suffered a mild heart attack.
    Ashe decided to preempt USA Todays plans to publish the story about his illness and, on April 8, 1992, publicly announced he had contracted HIV.
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    In 1992, a friend of Ashe who worked for USA Today heard that he was ill and called Ashe to confirm the story.
  • 1989
    Age 45
    In March 1989 Ashe's father died of a stroke at age 68.
  • 1988
    Age 44
    In September 1988, Ashe was hospitalized after experiencing paralysis in his right arm.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    In December 1986, Ashe and Moutoussamy adopted a daughter.
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  • 1985
    Age 41
    He was arrested on January 11, 1985, for protesting outside the Embassy of South Africa, Washington, D.C. during an anti-apartheid rally.
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    He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 37
    After his retirement, Ashe took on many roles, including writing for Time magazine and The Washington Post, commentating for ABC Sports, founding the National Junior Tennis League, and serving as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team from 1981-1985.
  • 1979
    Age 35
    However, after undergoing heart surgery in December 1979, Ashe officially retired in April 1980, at age 36.
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    In July 1979, Ashe suffered a heart attack while holding a tennis clinic in New York.
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    In his 1979 autobiography, Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and a world no. 1 player himself in the 1940s, ranked Ashe as one of the 21 best players of all time.
  • 1977
    Age 33
    Andrew Young, who had performed the service for Ashe's wedding in 1977, officiated at his funeral.
    On February 20, 1977, Ashe married Jeanne Moutoussamy, a photographer he met in October 1976 at a United Negro College Fund benefit.
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    Ashe played for a few more years and won the Australian Open doubles with Tony Roche in January 1977, but a left foot heel injury requiring surgery a month later and subsequent long-term rehabilitation saw his world ranking drop to a lowly 257th before a remarkable comeback saw him rise back to 14th in the world again at the age of 35.
  • 1975
    Age 31
    On July 5, 1975 in the first all-American Wimbledon final since 1947, Ashe, seeded sixth and just a few days short of his 32nd birthday, won Wimbledon at his ninth attempt, defeating the strong favourite and defending champion, Jimmy Connors.
    In May 1975, Ashe beat Bjorn Borg to win the season-ending championship WCT Finals in Dallas, Texas.
  • 1974
    Age 30
    Connors was suing the ATP, with Ashe as its president, for alleged restraint of trade after opposition from the ATP and French officials meant he was refused entry to the 1974 French Open as a contracted member of World Team Tennis (WTT).
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    He reached the singles final again in 1974, losing in straight sets to Connors for the second consecutive year.
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    He went on to become its elected president in 1974.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 29
    In November 1973, with the South African government seeking to end their Olympic ban and re-join the Olympic movement, Ashe was finally granted a visa to enter the country for the first time to play in the South African Open.
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    In June 1973, as a result of an ATP boycott, Ashe was one of 13 seeded players and 81 players in total who withdrew from the Wimbledon tournament to much public criticism.
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  • 1972
    Age 28
    In 1972, due to a dispute between the ILTF and the WCT, Ashe, as one of the 32 contracted WCT players, was barred from taking part in any ILTF Grand Prix tennis circuit tournaments from January to July.
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  • 1971
    Age 27
    In March 1971, Ashe reached the final of the Australian Open again but lost in straight sets to Ken Rosewall.
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  • 1970
    Age 26
    In January 1970, Ashe won his second Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open.
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  • 1969
    Age 25
    In September 1969, the U.S Davis Cup team retained the cup, beating Romania in the final challenge round, with Ashe winning both his singles matches.
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  • 1968
    Age 24
    In December 1968, Ashe helped the U.S team become Davis Cup champions after victory in the final in Adelaide against defending champions, Australia.
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    1968 was another groundbreaking year for Ashe.
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  • 1966
    Age 22
    In 1966 and 1967, Ashe reached the final of the Australian Championship but lost on both occasions to Roy Emerson.
  • 1965
    Age 21
    In 1965, ranked the number 3 player in the United States, Ashe won both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) singles title and the doubles title (with Ian Crookenden of New Zealand), helping UCLA win the team NCAA tennis championship.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 19
    In 1963 Ashe became the first black player ever selected for the United States Davis Cup team.
    He became the first African-American to win the National Junior Indoor tennis title and was awarded a tennis scholarship to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1963.
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  • 1960
    Age 16
    In December 1960 and again in 1963, Ashe featured in Sports Illustrated, appearing in their Faces in the Crowd segment.
  • 1958
    Age 14
    In 1958, Ashe became the first African-American to play in the Maryland boys' championships.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Age 9
    Ashe was coached and mentored by Johnson at his tennis summer camp home in Lynchburg, Virginia from 1953 when Ashe was age 10, until 1960.
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  • 1950
    Age 6
    Ashe requested that he be buried alongside his mother, Mattie, who died in 1950, in Woodland Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
    In March 1950, Ashe's mother Mattie died from complications related to a toxemic pregnancy (now known as pre-eclampsia) at the age of 27.
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  • 1943
    Born
    Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia, to Arthur Ashe Sr. and Mattie Cordell Cunningham Ashe on July 10, 1943.
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