In 1993, Tennis great Arthur Ashe passed away after a courageous battle with AIDS he contracted from a blood transfusion he received during heart surgery 10 years earlier.

Ashe, Arthur / Tennisspieler

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Ashe became the first African American to be recruited by the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963 and in 1968, won the U.S. Open title — becoming the first, and still the only, African-American male player to do so.

In 1992, Ashe, after hiding his diagnosis for years, finally told the world about his condition. He went on raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and started a foundation, The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, which is still a viable organization today. (Sources: and


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