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Arthur Ashe's Career

Arthur Ashe's Tennis Racket

This tennis racket belonged to Arthur Ashe, a professional player who was the first black men's champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. He was also the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Original Author: Head

Created: Late twentieth century

Medium: Tennis raquet

Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

"Supreme Court Split"

The tennis player Arthur Ashe, his opponent, and a court official survey a section of the court surface that has come apart during a tournament. This photograph from the Richmond-Times Dispatch is humorously titled "Supreme Court Split."

Original Author: Richmond Newspapers, Inc.

Created: 1960s to 1970s

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, The Valentine

Arthur Ashe Playing in a Tournament

Arthur Ashe is shown serving the ball to his opponent during a tennis tournament in 1969. During his career he won titles at the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. For a time, he also captained the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Original Author: Jack Robinson

Created: 1969

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of the Jack Robinson Archive

Arthur Ashe's Wristband

Arthur Ashe, a professional tennis player, wore this yellow wristband at some point during his career. Ashe was the first black men's champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, and the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Late twentieth century

Medium: Athletic wristband

Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

Arthur Ashe Playing Tennis

Arthur Ashe, a professional tennis player and civil rights activist, reaches to return a shot in this undated photograph. Known for his on-court grace and low-key demeanor, Ashe was the first black men's tennis champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team, and the first black man inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Twentieth century

Medium: Photograph

Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

Arthur Ashe at The Valentine

Arthur Ashe, a professional tennis player, public personality, and political activist, conducts a tennis clinic at the Valentine Museum (now known as The Valentine) in Richmond.

Original Author: Unknown

Created: Second half of the twentieth century

Medium: Photographic print

Courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, The Valentine

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  • Arthur Ashe's Tennis Racket

    This tennis racket belonged to Arthur Ashe, a professional player who was the first black men's champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. He was also the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team.

    Original Author: Head

    Created: Late twentieth century

    Medium: Tennis raquet

    Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

  • "Supreme Court Split"

    The tennis player Arthur Ashe, his opponent, and a court official survey a section of the court surface that has come apart during a tournament. This photograph from the Richmond-Times Dispatch is humorously titled "Supreme Court Split."

    Original Author: Richmond Newspapers, Inc.

    Created: 1960s to 1970s

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, The Valentine

  • Arthur Ashe Playing in a Tournament

    Arthur Ashe is shown serving the ball to his opponent during a tennis tournament in 1969. During his career he won titles at the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, and Wimbledon. For a time, he also captained the U.S. Davis Cup team.

    Original Author: Jack Robinson

    Created: 1969

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of the Jack Robinson Archive

  • Arthur Ashe's Wristband

    Arthur Ashe, a professional tennis player, wore this yellow wristband at some point during his career. Ashe was the first black men's champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, and the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Late twentieth century

    Medium: Athletic wristband

    Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

  • Arthur Ashe Playing Tennis

    Arthur Ashe, a professional tennis player and civil rights activist, reaches to return a shot in this undated photograph. Known for his on-court grace and low-key demeanor, Ashe was the first black men's tennis champion at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, the first African American to play for and captain the U.S. Davis Cup team, and the first black man inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Twentieth century

    Medium: Photograph

    Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society

  • Arthur Ashe at The Valentine

    Arthur Ashe, a professional tennis player, public personality, and political activist, conducts a tennis clinic at the Valentine Museum (now known as The Valentine) in Richmond.

    Original Author: Unknown

    Created: Second half of the twentieth century

    Medium: Photographic print

    Courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch Collection, The Valentine