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U.S. Post Office issues Arthur Ashe stamp

This man is so deserving of the honor. The stamp is available as of today; it was released on Saturday to coincide with Arthur Ashe Kids Day activities in New York.

In addition to his tennis fame, Ashe established foundations to help disenfranchised youth and to support the fight against AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion during heart surgery.

Ashe, who died in 1993, was a native of Richmond, Va., where he learned to play tennis on the blacks-only Brook Field playground.

Racial barriers limited Ashe’s freedom to compete in the South, but he eventually played in the world’s top tennis tournaments and had three victories in Grand Slam play. He won Wimbledon in 1975.

He became the first African-American to represent the United States on the Davis Cup team, playing in 32 Davis Cup matches and winning 27 during his tennis career.

Ashe was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985 and selected by Sports Illustrated as “Sportsman of the Year” in 1992.

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