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 sport. These include being the first to be the first African American to be selected to the Davis Cup (1963), win the U.S. Open (1968), the only to win Wimbledon (1975), to receive the number one ranking in the world (1975), and to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (“Biography,” 2013) His win in Wimbledon was done while upsetting the favourite, Jimmy Connor, in this highly anticipated match. The remarkable aspect of these victories, besides them being amazing achievements in themselves, was this was during the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 where there was a great state of segregation throughout the country.

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