Ashe, an African American, 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, or 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 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.
On June 20, 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the then President of US of A.. Bill Clinton.
When the legendary player was suffering because of HIV, he received innumerable letters from his fans the world over. One of which asked: Why GOD had to select you for such a bad disease?
To this, Ashe had replied:
The world over..
50,000,000 children start to play tennis,
5,000,000 learn to play tennis,
500,000 learn professional tennis,
50,000 come to the circuit,
5000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon,
4 to semi final,
2 to the finals.
When I was holding a cup, I never asked GOD “Why me?”
And today in pain, I should not be asking GOD “Why me?”
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