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Biography
 

July 10 1943
Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. is born in Richmond to Arthur Sr. and Mattie C. Ashe.  

 

1950
Ashe's mother dies of complications from surgery.  

1953
After learning to play tennis in Richmond's Brookfield Park, Ashe attracts the attention of Ronald Charity, a part-time tennis coach. Charity arranges for Ashe to spend the summer at the Lynchburg home of Dr. Walter Johnson, who coached Althea Gibson. Johnson becomes Ashe's mentor.  

 

1957
Ashe becomes the first African-American to play in the Maryland boys' championships. It is his first integrated event.  

1960
Tired of traveling far from segregated Richmond to compete against whites, Ashe mulls a move. When a St. Louis tennis official offers room in his home, Ashe accepts. He enrolls at Sumner High School for his senior year.  

 

April 8 1963
As a sophomore at UCLA, Ashe is featured for the second time in SI's Faces in the Crowd. He first appeared in the Dec. 12, 1960 issue.  

Aug 1 1963
Aug 1 1963 Ashe becomes the first African- American player named to the U.S. Davis Cup team. He plays on the team from 1963 to 1970 and again in 1975, 1976 and 1978.

 

June 21 1965
Ashe wins the NCAA men's singles championship, leading UCLA to the team title.  

1966
Ashe graduates from UCLA with a degree in business administration.  

 

1968
Ashe helps create the USTA National Junior Tennis League, a program designed to develop inner-city tennis players.  

Sep 9 1968
Sep 9 1968Still an amateur, Ashe defeats Tom Okker of the Netherlands to win the U.S. Open. He is the only African-American man to win the title.  

 

Jan 26 1970
Ashe wins the Australian Open, the second of his three Grand Slam singles titles.  

 

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Research by Alec Morrison