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Ashe, Arthur Robert Jr.

Born: 1943 AD
Died: 1993 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Tennis Player

1943 – Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia on the 10th of July.

1958 – He was a player in tennis, football and basketball. He won the state championship in tennis and helped lead his team to the city championship as a speedy wide receiver in football.

1963 – He received a a tennis scholarship at UCLA and was the first African American ever selected to the US Davis Cup Team.

1965 – Won the individual category NCAA championship and was the chief contributor in UCLA’s winning the team NCAA tennis championship under the same year.

1966 – Became a Professional Tennis Player at the age of twenty-three. He joined the United States Army and become a second lieutenant.

1968 – He won the united states Open and help the United States Davis Cup team to victory.

1970 – He won the Australian Open making it his second Grand Slam Title.

1975 – He won the Wimbledon after defeating Jimmy Connors in the final.

1977 – Married Jeanne Moutoussamy on the 20th of February.

1979 – He undergo his first heart surgery.

1980 – He retired from the court due to heart problems.

1981 – He wrote articles for the Time Magazine, a commentator for ABC Sports and founded the National Junior Tennis League. He was chosen to be the captain of the US Davis Cup team.

1983 – After experiencing heart problems, he underwent a second heart surgery.

1985 – Ashe was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame.

1988 – Contracted HIV during the blood transfusions he had received during one of his two heart surgeries.

1992 – His illness was known by the public. Founded the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine.

1993 – He died on the 6th of February.