Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr, 1943 - 1993

portrait of Arthur Ashe
Commemorative US postage stamp, 2005

Born: 10 July 1943, Richmond, Virginia
Died: 6 February 1993, New York City

Ashe started playing tennis at age seven. A tennis fan at Saint Louis, Missouri financed a move to that city for his high school years, and in 1963 he was granted a tennis scholarship to UCLA. Ashe served two years in the US Army before starting tournament play. He set a few records for his tennis, with a career record of 818 wins, 260 losses, and 33 titles, but the list of records in which he was the first black person to win a given tournament is much longer. Ashe retired from tennis in 1980 following heart surgery the previous year. He married photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in a 1977 ceremony at the United Nations headquarters chapel. In 1988 he learned that he had been infected with the HIV virus from a blood transplant during one of his two heart surgeries, which he announced in 1992. He spent much of his last year campaigning for AIDS-related causes.

Biography from Wikipedia and Sports Illustrated/CNN

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