Post details: Arthur Ashe

05/18/07

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Arthur Ashe

Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993

As a child Arthur Ashe was not allowed to play tennis in the segregated courts of Richmond, Virginia, USA. Instead he learned how to play tennis on a segregated playground, and this is where he developed the skills that were parlayed into a fabulous 12 year career in tennis that included 33 singles, and 18 doubles titles. Arthur was the first African American to win tennis' most prestigious tournaments, the U.S. Open, and Wimbledon.

Arthur eventually became president of the Association of Tennis Proffesionals, and Captain of the Davis Cup team. Under his direction they won two championships.

Arthur Ashe was a millionaire, but one with a very deep social awareness. He became a civil rights activist, fighting for all minorities that were victims of exclusionary practices.

He was the chairman of the American Heart Association, edited many books, and gave generously of time, and money to several charities.

In 1992 he bravely came forward, and told the world that he had AIDS. He devoted the end of his too short life to becoming a role-model for others suffering with this disease, and helping to raise $5 million dollars on behalf of his foundation.

Arthur Ashe passed away at age 49 from complications of AIDS.

Further Reading:

Arthur Ashe Wiki entry

Where Are They Buried, How Did They Die By Tod Benoit (c) 2003

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Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email · http://msdemmie.wordpress.com/
One of my tennis heroes
PermalinkPermalink 05/18/07 @ 17:49
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/pastyme/
MsDemmie -> He was a great one!
PermalinkPermalink 05/19/07 @ 09:18

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