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A Look In The Mirror - Arthur Ashe (1943 - 1993) Tennis Champion




Sports figures such as Arthur Ashe are often regarded as role models for African-American athletes. Ashe was born in 1943 in Richmond, Virginia. His mother, Mattie Cordell, worked hard to provide for Ashe and his brother, Johnnie. Despite being raised in a segregated area, he excelled in high school and played multiple sports.


When he was a student at UCLA, Ashe became known for his skills on the tennis court. In 1963, he won the Junior Indoor title and in the following year, he was named as the NCAA's singles champion. In 1968, he became America's first African-American Davis Cup player.


In 1975, Ashe became the first African-American man to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon. This achievement cemented his reputation as one of the best players in the world. Unfortunately, his career ended in 1983, when he contracted HIV during a heart surgery. Ashe used his position as a sports figure to advocate for AIDS education and awareness.


Although Ashe died in 1993, his legacy lives on through his impact on the tennis community. He used his platform to advocate for equality and social justice. Ashe is known for his determination and courage.

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