Ashe Apartheid Smash

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Ashe Apartheid Smash

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Ashe Apartheid Smash

Arthur Ashe's personal U.S. passport from 1970 through 1975, bearing the stamp from his landmark entry into South Africa. He was admitted into the apartheid nation for the first time in 1973 to participate in the South African Open. As he describes in his autobiography, "Days of Grace," Ashe's applications for a visa to play tennis in South Africa had been rejected beginning in 1969; his subsequent political activism (urging the boycott of the discriminatory games) is credited with his eventual entry and even the dismantling of apartheid, which would finally end with universal suffrage in 1994.

Arthur Ashe was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980. He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine in 1975. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2 in May 1976.

In the early 1980s, Ashe is believed to have contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. Ashe publicly announced his illness in April 1992 and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.

On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the United States President Bill Clinton.



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(S): 8.5x11 in
(M) 24x36 in
(L) 30x40 in
(XL) 60x40 in

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