Tennis Racket used by Arhur Ashe

Tennis Racket used by Arhur Ashe

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This racquet was used by American tennis player Arthur Ashe (1943-1993.)Ashe, a native of Richmond, Virginia, was the first African-American to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship in 1975, as well as teh first 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
Ashe, Arthur
Place Made
United States: Colorado, Boulder
Physical Description
aluminum (skin material)
fiberglass (core material)
intestines, lamb (strings material)
black (overall color)
silver (overall color)
graphite (core material)
resin, epoxy (overall material)
leather (handle cover material)
overall: 27 in x 9 in x 1/2 in; 68.58 cm x 22.86 cm x 1.27 cm
overall: 27 in x 9 in x 1 5/8 in; 68.58 cm x 22.86 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.
African American
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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