Friday, July 5, 2013
Arthur Ashe green anniversary
Arthur Ashe upset defending Wimbledon champion Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in the 1975 final.
On this day in 1975, Arthur Ashe beat Jimmy Connors to become the first African-American man to win Wimbledon, adding to an already impressive list of accomplishments. In 1968, he became the first black man to win the U.S. Open and in 1963 he was the first African-American to represent the United States on its Davis Cup team. Ashe suffered a heart attack in 1979 and retired from tennis a year later. He finished his career with 33 singles titles, including the U.S. Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. In 1985, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Ashe died on Feb. 6, 1993.