Arthur Ashe - age: 49

Arthur Ashe

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ABOUT

Tennis star who was the first African-American member of the Davis Cup tennis team. He won three Grand Slams during his career: the 1968 US Open, the 1970 Australian Open, and the 1975 Wimbledon tournament.He reached the quarterfinals of the French Open in 1970 and 1971, but it remained the only Grand Slam he never won during his career.He beat Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon final match.

BEFORE FAME

His father didn't allow him to play football while he was growing up because he was too small.

PERSONAL LIFE

He married Jeanne Moutoussamy in February of 1977.

Historical Events in the Life of Arthur Ashe

1968-8-25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship
1968-9-8 1st official (88th overall) U.S. Open (formerly known as U.S National Championships): Arthur Ashe beats Tom Okker (14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3)
1968-12-12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis
1970-1-27 58th Men's Australian Open: Arthur Ashe beats Dick Crealy (6-4, 9-7, 6-2)
1975-7-5 89th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe beats Jimmy Connors (61 61 57 64)
1980-4-16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis
1983-6-21 Tennis ace Arthur Ashe undergoes double bypass heart surgery
1985-3-21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame
1992-12-15 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportman of Year

The meaning of the name Ashe: Blessed, Happy

Famous Quotes
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

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Male Tennis Player Arthur Ashe were born on Saturday, birthstone is Ruby, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of Goat, it is 183 days until Arthur Ashe next birthday.

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