Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by AngieB, Dec 1, 2013.
Thinking about you today.
It's lovely you've remembered him. A worthy Champion.
a man who lived with honour and died with honour.
My hero. He proved you don't have to bang the ball on every shot to win Wimbledon.
I'm too young to have seen him play live. But I very much enjoyed his occasional columns and always remember what he wrote about the 1991 Wimbledon semi-finals.
Watch his 1975 Wimbledon victory over Jimmy Connors on Youtube.
Many others had proved that before...
Well, he proved that you could do it even if it was the opposite of your normal game.
Yes, my tennis hero while I was growing up and a man who honored all of us by the way he lived his life.
Ashe, even when he lost, was able to play some of the finest matches of his era.I think about his epic Wimbledon semifinal against Rocket, his US Open final against Nastase and his 1978 Masters final when he squandered a mp against Mc enroe.
He didn´t use smart tactics only against Connors but basically against his other big nemesis ; Bjorn Borg.and he defeated the swede ace two times in 1975; at Wimbledon but also at a memorable WCT Final match which finally earned him the title he most wanted, other than Wimbledon.
I was linking Ashe with Mandela and the truth is both had so much in common
Ashe´s consistent attempts to play the SA Open were merely political.he wanted badly to visit Mandela at prison but was denied it by apartheid authorities.
Aids is the biggest problem in South Africa and the biggest in most of the other subsaharian countries; Ashe himself died because he got infected with the AIDS virus due to a blood transfusion he needed after his heart surgery.
Finally, of course, both are among the biggest black leaders of the century and their menthal strength and inteligence was a living example for black and non black people around.
I am intringued right now if they FINALLY met; it could have happened right after Mandela got off prision, in the very early 90´s while Ashe was still alive.
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