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Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe


7/10/1943, Virginia, USA



Birth Name

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr.


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Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. (born July 10 1943) was a retired African-American professional tennis player. Ashe won a tennis scholarship at the University of California in 1963. That same year he became the first ever African-American to be selected for the US Davis Cup team. In 1968 he…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Arthur was arrested on September 9, 1992, outside the White House for protesting on the recent crackdown on Haitian refugees.

    • Arthur was part of a 31-member delegation of prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa in 1991 to observe political changes as the country approached racial integration.

    • Arthur had one daughter, Camera, who was born on December 21, 1986.

    • On Janurary 11, 1985 Arthur was arrested outside the South African embassy in Washington D.C during an anti-apartheid protest.

    • Arthur served as national chairman of the American Heart Association in 1981.

    • On February 20, 1977, Arthur married Jeanne Moutoussamy, a photographer he had met four months earlier. Andrew Young, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, performed the ceremony at the U.N. chapel in New York.

    • In 1970, Arthur called for South Africa to be expelled from the International Lawn Tennis Federation in protest of their apartheid system of government.

    • Arthur turned professional in 1966 and retired in 1980 after a 14-year career.

    • Arthur's star sign was Cancer.

    • Arthur founded the ABC Cities Tennis Program.

    • Arthur had a B.A in Business Administration from UCLA.

    • Arthur's mother, Mattie, died when he was six.

    • There is a statue of Arthur on Monument Avenue in Richmond. It depicts him carrying books in one hand and a tennis racket in the other.

    • Arthur has been runner-up in two Grand Slams. In 1971 he failed to defend his Australian Open title, losing to Ken Rosewall. In 1972 he lost to Ilie Nastase in a five set encounter.

    • Arthur has won 3 Grand Slams: The U.S Open in 1968, the Australian Open in 1970 and Wimbledon in 1975.

    • Arthur was right-handed.

    • In 2002, Channel 4 viewers voted Arthur's 1975 Wimbledon victory as the 95th Greatest Sporting Moment ever.

    • In 1992, Arthur was named Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year.

    • TENNIS magazine placed Arhtur in 30th place in their list of the 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS era.

    • The main stadium at the United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is named after Arthur (Arthur Ashe Stadium).

    • Arthur was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on March 21, 1985.

  • Quotes

    • Arthur: Let me put it this way: I think Republicans tend to keep the ball in play, Democrats go for broke.

    • Arthur: Let me put it this way: I think Republicans tend to keep the ball in play, Democrats go for broke.

    • Arthur: The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.

    • Arthur: True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

    • Arthur: One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.

    • Arthur: Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.

    • Arthur: Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.

    • Arthur: Every time you win, it diminishes the fear a little bit. You never really cancel the fear of losing; you keep challenging it.