From what we get, we can make a living;
what we give, however, makes a life.
— Arthur Asche
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President Reagan greets Arthur Ashe (left) in 1982
Residence Richmond, Virginia
Born July 10, 1943
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died February 6, 1993 (aged 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Turned pro 1969
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,584,909 (according to the ATP)
Int. Tennis HOF 1985 (member page)
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 (1968, Harry Hopman)
No. 2 (May 12, 1976) by ATP
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1970)
French Open QF (1970, 1971)
Wimbledon W (1975)
US Open W (1968)
Tour Finals F (1978)
WCT Finals W (1975)
Career record 323–176 (at Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 18 (14 ATP titles)
Highest ranking No. 15 (August 30, 1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1977)
French Open W (1971)
Wimbledon F (1971)
US Open F (1968)
Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. (July 10, 1943 – February 6, 1993) was a World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States.
Ashe, an African American, was the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980.
He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976.
In the late 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.
On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.