In 1968 the first United States Open took place and Arthur Ashe emerged the victor. Sydney Poitier narrates this video that looks back to that first U.S. Open and examines the lasting impact Arthur Ashe left on that Grand Slam tournament.
The video features clips of Arthur Ashe discussing his vindication upon winning, the turbulent current events surrounding that win and the shift in tennis thereafter. Also included is footage of the opening of Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, NY.
Diversity on the Tennis Court
CNN's T.J. Holmes talks with the widow of Arthur Ashe at the U.S. Open about diversity in tennis.
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Did You Know?
Arthur Ashe - Career Review
Singles Record: 640 - 205
Singles Titles: 33
Doubles Record: 323 - 176
Doubles Titles: 14
Prize Money: $1,584,909
Sidney Poitier narrates this video chronicling Arthur Ashe's win at the first U.S. Open ever in 1968. Ashe himself comments on what that victory meant to him at that time.
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