Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Career

Those who know of Arthur Ashe and all he has done more than likely cannot deny that it was remarkable. What the famous Jackie Robinson was to baseball, Arthur Ashe was to tennis. He broke the colour barrier in a sport that was dominated by white players. He achieved so many “firsts” in his respective […]

Wimbledon Match for the Ages

Arthur Ashe def. Jimmy Connor (1975)

South Africa

For three years straight, the South African government refused Ashe’s visa application to enter the country to participate in the South African Open. (“African-American,” 2013) While in the country, he wanted to help the racial oppression that was occurring. Ashe was continuously confronted by black locals telling him he wasn’t doing them any help by […]

The Recognition

Besides his general public recognition and the respect that African Americans around the world had gained for him, he also was recognized in other ways. He was the recipient of the Johnston Award in 1964 for contributing the most to tennis, while displaying good sportsmanship. In 1975 he was titled the Association of Tennis (ATP) […]

“Being an Afric…

“Being an African American playing tennis, his impact on me was great and I wanted to follow in his footsteps, being someone that went to college and was educated and had such a great influence on the world,” – James Blake (Gittings, 2013)

The Contributions

Although Ashe didn’t enjoy being the only black star in a white-dominated sport, he didn’t run away from this spotlight either. He too this opportunity to give back as he felt it was his responsibility. He created inner-city tennis programs and got a visa to visit Africa to assist there. Being the first black tennis […]

True heroism is…

“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 Ashe