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Arthur Ashe 1980 Photo Signed Autograph With Byline Tennis
This item is a 7" X 9",black and white photo of tennis star Arthur Ashe. The photo has an original dated byline on ABC Stationery explaining the photo and giving date of broadcast. The photo features Arthur Ashe as a commentator on a 1980 broadcast of "Tournament Of Champions".Arthur Ashe was a tennis star of the 1960s and 1970s and also an African-American pioneer: he was the first black man to win at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. He scored many other firsts in his career, including becoming the first African-American on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963. Ashe played tennis at UCLA and was national collegiate champion in 1965. He won three major tournaments in his career: the U.S. Open (1968), the Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975). Ashe retired in 1980 and was elected to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1988 he discovered he had AIDS, probably having gotten the HIV virus from a blood transfusion during heart surgery in 1983. Ashe made the news public at a 1992 press conference and died the next year.The photo has been autographed on the front by Arthur Ashe....................CONDITION OF PHOTO,AUTOGRAPH AND BYLINE IS EXCELLENT.............