Ashe vs. Connors

  • Peter Bodo’s Ashe vs. Connors chronicles Arthur Ashe’s legendary defeat of rival Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon 1975. Ashe became the first Black man to win the historic tournament, and memorably wore his U.S. Davis Cup team warm-up jacket during the trophy presentation — a nod to Connors’ refusal to play for the team himself. Said Ashe: “It was not foremost about beating Jimmy Connors. The primary thing is that I won Wimbledon.”

  • By Peter Bodo. Published 2015 by Aurum Press. Hardcover. 272 pages.

A Legacy That Transcends Tennis

A Legacy That Transcends Tennis

Arthur Ashe stood at the nexus of sport, culture and politics, and exemplified the power of grace through his sportsmanlike approach to all on- and off-court matters. His tennis-related achievements were only a small part of his life’s story, paling in comparison to what he considered his most important endeavors: affecting social change and extending opportunity and dignity to all people.

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