10 Facts about Arthur Ashe

Wednesday, April 1st 2015. | Sports

If you know the tennis player called as the American World No 1 Professional tennis player, you have to read Facts about Arthur Ashe. Have you ever heard his name before? Ashe was famous not only in United States but also in the world. He was the winner of three Grand Slam titles. He was the first African American who could gain such a wonderful title. Let’s find out more record of Ashe in Tennis world by reading the following post below:

Facts about Arthur Ashe 1: the record

As I have stated before, Ashe was an African American player. He could gain the title as the first black player who won the Australian Open, United States Davis Cup, and US open.

Facts about Arthur Ashe 2: the ranking

In 1968, Harry Hopman put Ashe in the world No 1 ranking as a professional tennis player. Then in 1975, he was put again in number 1 in The Daily Telegraph by Lance Tingay and in World Tennis Magazine. In May 1976, he was ranked No. 2 by ATP computer rankings.

Arthur Ashe Facts

Arthur Ashe Facts

Facts about Arthur Ashe 3: HIV

When we talk about Ashe, we must remember about his HIV AIDS disease. In the beginning of 1980s, he was infected with HIV after he had blood transfusion during his heart bypass surgery. In April 1992, he told the public about his disease. He decided to educate others about AIDS and HIV.

Facts about Arthur Ashe 4: the foundation

Ashe also created a foundation of HIV AIDS. It was called Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

Arthur Ashe Pic

Arthur Ashe Pic

Facts about Arthur Ashe 5: death

On 6th February 1993, the public was shocked when they had to lose the famous and honorable tennis player. Ashe passed away because of AIDS related pneumonia.

Facts about Arthur Ashe 6: President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton awarded him with Presidential Medal of Freedom on 20 June 1993 after his death. Find out a famous football manager in Arsene Wenger facts.

Arthur Ashe Fame

Arthur Ashe Fame

Facts about Arthur Ashe 7: the early life

Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia. In the family, he had a sibling named Johnnie.  Ashe was five years older than him. He was a son of Arthur Ashe Sr. and Mattie Cordell Cunningham Ashe.

Facts about Arthur Ashe 8: the death of his mother

When his mother was at the age of 27, she passed away because of a toxemic pregnancy or pre eclampsia in March 1950.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe

Facts about Arthur Ashe 9: his father

His father was very supportive and caring. He always encouraged his children to study and do sport. Find out a golfer in Arnold Palmer facts.

Facts about Arthur Ashe 10: playing tennis

Ashe began to play tennis when he was only 7 years old. Due to his wonderful skill and talents, he could be a famous player.

Facts about Arthur Ashe

Facts about Arthur Ashe

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