ARTHUR ASHE Year Inducted: 1984- Style Hallmarks: The tennis great looked above defeat in his on-court gear, including shades, unbuttoned polo, short shorts, and belt. He’s shown here in 1978 on the courts in Paris. Ash Years, Short Shorts, Shorts Shorts, 1984, On Court Gears, Arthur Ashe, 1978, Unbuttoned Polo, Include Shades
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.