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Arthur Ashe

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Ashe, Arthur (1943–93), U.S. tennis player. As a student at UCLA, he won the NCAA singles and doubles titles (1966). He became the first African-American (and the first U.S. player since 1955) to win the U.S. Men's National Singles Championship (1968). He won the Australian Open (1970) and the men's singles title at Wimbledon (1975). Since 1983 he served as nonplaying captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team. He also wrote A Hard Road to Glory: a History of the African American Athletes.

In 1992 he founded the Ashe Foundation to fight AIDS. He was infected with this disease while being given a blood transfusion.

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