Arthur Ashe

American tennis player

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was an American tennis player. He started playing tennis professionally in 1969. He won three singles Grand Slam titles: the US Open in 1968, the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975. He won two Grand Slam doubles titles: the French Open in 1971 and the Australian Open in 1977.[1] Arthur Ashe was ranked no 1. for being the best tennis player, the first African American to be number one.[2] He retired in 1980. Arthur Ashe raised awareness about HIV and AIDs.[3] He also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1993.[4]

President Reagan greets Arthur Ashe (left) in 1982.

Ashe was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He died of AIDS in New York City.

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  1. ATP
  2. "Arthur Ashe". Biography.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  3. "Arthur Ashe". Biography.com. Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  4. "Life Story". Arthur Ashe | Conscious Leader, Humanitarian, Educator and Athlete. Retrieved 2017-04-27.

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