Sportsman of the Year


  T here are, he insists, only two alternatives. If enough human beings do not advance the common good, we cannot go on; we shall move from suffering a chain of sustainable losses to suffering extinction. But if enough do, if enough coaches find the grace to hold the guilt-stricken athlete who just lost the title and tell him that it's just a game, that he has nothing to be ashamed of, that he can leave his knife in his pocket, then Arthur Ashe will always be on cloud nine.

Photograph by Tony Triolo
Text by Kenny Moore

On the court, Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open, the 1970 Australian Open and Wimbledon in 1975. His off-court accomplishments were equally impressive: the founding father of the Association of Tennis Professionals, the African American Athletic Association and the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS; the national campaign chairman of the American Heart Association; and the author of the African-American sports chronicle A Hard Road to Glory. Ashe, who retired from professional tennis in 1979 following open heart surgery, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. He passed away on February 6, 1993 at age 49 due to complications caused by the AIDS virus.

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1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

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