Arthur Ashe

Country
 United States
Residence
Petersburg, Virginia
Date of birth
July 10, 1943
Place of birth
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Date of death
February 6, 1993 (aged 49)
Place of death
New York City, New York, USA
Height
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro
1969
Retired
1980
Plays
Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Career prize money
US$1,584,909 (according to the ATP)
Int. Tennis HOF
1985 (member page)
Singles
Career record
818-260 (at Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles
33
Highest ranking
No. 1 (1969)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open
W (1970)
French Open
QF (1970, 1971)
Wimbledon
W (1975)
US Open
W (1968)
Doubles
Career record
323-176 (at Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles
18 (14 according to the ATP)
Highest ranking
15 (30 August, 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open
W (1977)
French Open
W (1971)
Wimbledon
F (1971)
US Open
F (1968)

Arthur Ashe, an African American was awarded a tennis scholarship to UCLA in 1963.

Arthur Ashe was also the first African American to be selected to the United States Davis cup team.

Ashe played a key role in the formation of the ATP.

Ashe is ranked as one of the best 21 tennis players of all time by Jack Kramer in his autobiography.

Arthur Ashe was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

Ashe died a tragic death as he had contracted AIDS during his blood transfusion given for the heart operations performed on him.

Arthur Ashe finished writing his book Days of Grace just a week before his death.

Ashe was an active participant in the apartheid movement.

HONORS

Arthur Ashe has been honored posthumously with a statue on Mount Avenue.

A stadium has been named after him, and a commemorative postal stamp has been released featuring him.

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline

Tournament 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 19771 1978 1979 Career SR Career Win-Loss
Australia A A W F A A A A A QF A SF A 1 / 4 16–3
French Open A 4R QF 4R 4R A 4R A 4R 3R A A 0 / 8 25–8
Wimbledon SF SF 4R 3R A A 3R W 4R A 1R 1R 1 / 9 27–8
US Open W SF QF SF F 3R QF 4R 2R A 4R A 1 / 10 38–9
Win-Loss 11–1 13–3 15–3 15–4 6–1 5–2 9–3 10–1 7–3 3–1 10–4 2–2 N/A 106–28
SR 1 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 1 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 2 3 / 31 N/A

The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
A = did not participate in the tournament
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 7 finals (3 titles, 4 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1966 Australian Championships Hardcourt Roy Emerson 6–4, 6–8, 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1967 Australian Championships Hardcourt Roy Emerson 6–4, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1968 US Open Hardcourt Tom Okker 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 1970 Australian Open Hardcourt Dick Crealy 6–4, 9–7, 6–2
Runner-up 1971 Australian Open Hardcourt Ken Rosewall 6–1, 7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 1972 US Open Hardcourt Ilie Năstase 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(1–5), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 1975 Wimbledon Grass Jimmy Connors 6–1, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4

Grand Slam, Grand Prix and WCT Tour titles (33)

Singles

1. August 1, 1968 U.S. Amateur Championships, Boston MA, USA  
2. August 29, 1968 US Open, New York City, USA Grass Tom Okker 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
3. January 19, 1970 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Grass Dick Crealy 6–4, 9–7, 6–2
4. 1970 Berkeley, California  
5. 1970 Paris, France
6. 1971 Charlotte, USA
7. 1971 Paris, France
8. 1971 Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1972 – Louisville WCT, Montreal WCT, Rome WCT, Rotterdam WCT
  • 1973 – Chicago WCT, Washington
  • 1974 – Barcelona WCT, Bologna WCT, Stockholm
  • 1975 – Barcelona WCT, Dallas WCT, Los Angeles, Munich WCT, Rotterdam WCT, San Francisco, Stockholm - WCT, Wimbledon
  • 1976 – Columbus WCT, Indianapolis WCT, Richmond WCT, Rome WCT, Rotterdam WCT
  • 1978 – Colombus, Los Angeles, San Jose

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