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Ashe, Arthur Robert,

1943–93, American tennis player, b. Richmond, Va. Ashe rose from his hometown's public courts to become the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis. He won the 1965 intercollegiate singles championship while at the Univ. of California at Los Angeles. Denied a visa by South Africa on racial grounds in 1970, Ashe forced the issue, appearing before the United Nations and urging the World Tennis Union to expel South Africa because of its apartheid policy. Noted for his grace, hard-hit topspin, and outstanding backhand, Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open, the 1970 Australian Open, and the 1975 Wimbledon title. He retired as a player following a 1979 heart attack, but continued to serve as the U.S. Davis Cup captain. In 1992 he announced that he had acquired AIDSAIDS
or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome,
fatal disease caused by a rapidly mutating retrovirus that attacks the immune system and leaves the victim vulnerable to infections, malignancies, and neurological disorders. It was first recognized as a disease in 1981.
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 from a heart operation years earlier. He remained an active spokesperson on many issues, including race relations and AIDS, until his death.
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He said: "I've played on Arthur Ashe during the day and there still can be wind on it but it's not as strong and swirling as usual.
Inspired by Arthur Ashe's proactive life as a conscience leader, humanitarian, educator and athlete, the Arthur Ashe Learning Center promotes his legacy to educate and motivate individuals-with an emphasis toward inspiring youth.
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Breaking into major league sports as players was only the beginning and, in the words of the late tennis great Arthur Ashe (and also the title of his great book on the history of the black athlete), it has been "A Hard Road to Glory.
Hingis, who has not won a Grand Slam for two-and-a-half years, simply could not handle the power of Williams who slammed down 10 aces and sprayed winners all around Arthur Ashe stadium.
Just what the USTA did--named its latest superstructure after the most revered tennis player of our time, Arthur Ashe.
Dr Chargois feels Hope in the Cities helped to defuse the city's controversy over the Arthur Ashe statue by offering a safe place where people could share their opposition to the Monument Avenue location without being labelled racist.
Kids need a safe haven where they can go where they feel 100 per cent accepted," says Willenson, who donated to the camp the $25,000 Arthur Ashe Award he recently received for his work.
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