Arthur Ashe: Tennis Pro, Hall of Famer

He had a saying, “When bright young minds can't afford college, America pays the price”. How true is that? And it came from one of the best tennis players the game and the US has ever known.

Arthur Ashe won his first US Open in 1968. In 1975 Ashe beat James (Jimmy) Connors and took the Wimbledon title and later won the Australian Open. He was the first Afro-American to win those three singles. As well as a great tennis player, he was just a nice guy. He fought hard against apartheid, was immersed in humanities like “Safe Passage Foundation” and “Athletes Career Connection” and it was back on this day, December 15 1992 when Sports Illustrated named him Sportsperson of the Year.

One year later after heart surgery in 1983 Ashe contacted the HIV virus through tainted blood after a transfusion. He passed in 1993 with Aids related pneumonia.