About Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was born on July 10, 1943  in Richmond, Virginia. As a child growing up in segregated Richmond, Arthur’s physical stature did little to indicate his future career as a professional athlete. “Skinny as a straw,” Arthur derived countless hours of pleasure reading and listening to music with his mother, Mattie. He also showed a surprising flair for tennis from the first time he picked up a racquet. At the age of six, Mattie passed away suddenly. Though heartbroken, Arthur’s memory of his beloved mother was a source of inspiration throughout his life.

"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life."

Achievements & Awards

Arthur is the only black male tennis player to win Wimbledon (1975) and the U.S. Open (1968)

First (and only) African-American to be ranked #1 in the world

First African-American ever picked for US Davis Cup team (1963)

Won three Grand Slam singles titles: 1968 US Open, 1970 Australian Open, and 1975 Wimbledon, during his 10-year playing career (1969-1979)

Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1985)

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