Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Advent calendar day 7 #19 Arthur Ashe

Day 7 of the countdown to the greatest tennis. player of all time

19th Best Player of all time
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Arthur Ashe

Grand Slams won - 3
Grand Slam Finals lost - 4
Overall amount of singles titles won - 33
Overall Match Winning percentage - 75.88% (818-260)
Top rank - 1 (unofficial)

Famous for being one of the greatest american tennis players of all time, he won 3 of 5 Grand Slams. He is once again a player, who only had that elusive French Open title missing form his collection. Centre court at the US Open has been named after him, because he won the first title there since the beginning of Open Era. He was unofficially number 1 in 1969, before the ATP Rankings were made a few years later. He took the US Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1970 but won his last Grand Slam in 1975, by shocking world number 1 Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon. He would never make another Final after this. In 1979 he had heart surgery and this affected his fitness, so he retired in 1980 and in 1993 he died at the age of 49, 5 years after discovering he had AIDS. Arthur Ashe remains the only black player in history of tennis to win a title at Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open and one of two black players to win a Grand Slam. And now there is an Arthur Ashe Humanitarian award.

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