Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Arthur Ashe Three Time Grand Slam of Tennis Winner



The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament finals just concluded in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in one of the greatest tennis matches I have ever witnessed, which was played between Djokovic and Nadal.

This years U.S. Open represented the 45th anniversary of Arthur Ashe, in 1968, becoming the first African American man to win a major singles tennis title. At the time Arthur Ashe was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, as well as being an amateur tennis player.


Over the next couple of days, as time permits, I will continue expanding upon this man's amazing story of achievement.



...Rolex Coolness...

Arthur Ashe

Three-Time Tennis Grand-Slam Winner
Lifetime Of Achievement With A Rolex President On His Wrist

Arthur Ashe is one of the greatest tennis players in history, and the only African American player to ever win the men's singles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. Arthur is pictured below sporting his yellow gold Rolex Day-Date. It is amazing how timeless and evergreen Rolex watches are, especially when you realize this photo was taken 43 years ago, in 1970, at the Queen's Club in London.

Arthur Ashe is the first black man in history to wear a Rolex President (Day-Date). I know Bill Cosby wore many Rolex Day-Dates and so did Pele, but I believe Arthur Ashe was the likely the first.


"I only wear Rolex." –Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe pictured above in 1970, at the Queen's Club in London, England


Tighten Up

I really like the photo of Arthur Ashe above and I think Arthur looks really tight and tough and you can tell by the way he is posing that he is extremely proud of his Rolex–which I really digg. For some reason, every time I look at the photo above of Arthur Ashe, the song "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & The Drells starts playing in my head so I thought I would share the video below. Play it and look at the photo above of Arthur...




I first learned of Arthur Ashe wearing a Rolex President (Day-Date) from T. Walker Lloyd who told me a great story about how Arthur said that he only wore Rolex.

Arthur Ashe is pictured below shaking hands with Jimmy Connors in 1975 after Ashe beat Connors to win the Wimbledon men's final championship.




Arthur Ashe is pictured below with the 1982 Davis Cup team which he was the caption of. John McEnroe is pictured next to Ashe.





It is amazing that Arthur Ashe wore a yellow gold Rolex President his entire life. Arthur Ashe died way too young, but he inspired the tennis world like very few ever have or ever will. Arthur Ashe was a man of great achievement and he made it every step of the way with his trademark Rolex Day-Date on his wrist which kept the time of his life!!!




Arthur Asher is pictured below in 1992 in a famous shot of him hugging his Tennis Racquet while wearing his trademark Rolex Day-Date, which was taken three decades after the first image of him at the beginning of this story. It is fascinating to note Arthur Ashe proudly wore a Rolex Day-Date his entire adult life. A year after the picture below was taken, Arthur Ashe died from AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion that contained the HIV virus in the early 1980s. 

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