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Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was the first to do a lot of thing in the sport of Tennis. With a brilliant mix of precision and power, Ashe became the first and still only African-American male player to win the US Open (1968) and Wimbledon (1975), first African-American man to be ranked No. 1 in the world (1975), first African-American male to be chosen to compete for the Davis Cup on the US team, and first African-American man be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1985). Ashe also won an Australian Open in 1970 and went to three more finals in that Grand Slam event. He appeared in a US Open Finals in 1972 as well six more grand slam semifinals. Ashe was a member of the US Davis Cup team 10 times, winning four of them. For his career, Ashe was 681-225 (.751) in Open Era singles competition and 315-173 (.645) in doubles competition. He was the winner of 47 Open Era titles. After his retirement from Tennis Ashe contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion and dedicated his remaining life to educating others about HIV and AIDS, creating the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He dies in 1993 and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton.

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