Arthur Ashe (7/10/1943 - 2/06/1993) is the only African American man to win championships at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, or to captain the US Davis Cup team. He was an outspoken activist against Apartheid and for AIDS awareness, having contracted the disease after heart surgery in 1992. He also wrote a 3-volume series entitled Road to Glory: The History of the African American Athlete.
Jimmy Conners & Arthur Ashe, the only African American tennis player to win singles titles at Wimbledon, the US Open & the Australian Open. He was a major civil rights supporter, wrote for Time magazine, and commentated for ABC News. In the early 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.
Althea Gibson, broke the color barrier at Forest Hills in 1950 by gaining entry into the US Championships. Gibson, 1957-58 Wimbledon & US National Singles Champion, was inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. #tennis