Tennis Racket

This racquet was used by American tennis player Arthur Ashe (1943-1993) while winning the Wimbledon Men’s Singles championship in 1975. With the victory, Ashe became the first African-American to win the prestigious event, defeating fellow American Jimmy Connors three sets to one.
Ashe, a native of Richmond, Virginia, was the also first African-American to be named to the U.S. Davis Cup Team (1963) and to win singles titles at the U.S. and Australian Opens (1968 and 1970.)
Ashe was a vocal advocate for civil rights, both in the United States and abroad, and was involved in many humanitarian efforts, including the opening of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He has been recognized with honors such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and has had a statue erected on Richmond’s Monument Avenue.
In 1997, the U.S. Tennis Association’s opened the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadow, New York. The court serves as the principal stadium for the U.S. Open.
Currently not on view
Object Name
racquet, tennis
Date made
associated dates
Ashe, Arthur
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
fiberglass (overall material)
lamb intestines (overall material)
black (overall color)
silver (overall color)
overall: 27 in x 9 in x 1/2 in; 68.58 cm x 22.86 cm x 1.27 cm
Place Made
United States: Colorado, Boulder
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
African American
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.

Visitor Comments

4/7/2016 8:53:16 PM
Dennis Hobbs
I have a Arthur Ashe competition 2 racquet and I must say that the feel is a little different than others,it is just like an extension of my arm .
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