Originally Posted by urban
I think, amateur Ashe was in the US army at the time of his Forest Hills win 1968 and couldn't accept the prize money. I think, runner-up Okker, although not a contract pro, got the first prize.
I wonder if Ashe was the only Amature to win an open major. I think Stan Smith was still in the Army when he won the 1971 USO and 1972 Wimbledon titles. Was he an amateur as well?