Pete Sampras (1971) retired American tennis player & former World No. 1. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles & became recognized as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Especially known for having the best "running forehand" of all time. He was able to catch attacks wide to his forehand using his speed & hitting a forehand shot on the run.~ My favorite mens tennis player; loved his great game, gentlemanly style and his appropriate tennis whites.
Pete Sampras (born 1971) is a retired American tennis player & former World No. 1. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, becoming the first player to break Roy Emerson's record of 12 Slams. Sampras also won 7 major indoor titles. He is recognized as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. His seven Wimbledon singles championships is an Open Era record shared with Roger Federer...Sampras is the last American male to win Wimbledon (2000)
The first African-American tennis player of world stature; broke the color-line in virtually every tournament she entered; enjoyed a two-year peak in 1957 and 1958 when she won both Wimbledon and U.S. National.
Chris Evert (b 1954) - american tennis player who achieved world number 1 status in the 70s and early 80s. She won 18 grand slam singles championships.
Ora Mae Washington was once known as the “Queen of Tennis” for her prowess on the court. As a professional tennis player, Washington won the American Tennis Association's national singles title eight times in nineOra Mae Washington was once known as the “Queen of Tennis” for her prowess on the court. As a professional tennis player, Washington won the American Tennis Association’s national singles title eight times in nine years between 1929–1937 and 12 straight double championships. Here…
Althea Gibson (August 25th 1927 - September 28th 2003) was an American tennis player. Gibson turned pro at the age of 31 and was the first black tennis player to win Wimbledon (in 1957) and the U.S. Open (in 1958). Aside from her success, she is most remembered for breaking the color barrier in professional tennis. She won a total of five Grand Slam titles.
Serena Williams was the first African American tennis player ever to hold the year-end #1 rank in tennis and the first African American tennis player to win a Career Grand Slam. She is also the only female tennis player to have won over $50 million in prize money. Regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time, female or male, she has also won four Olympic gold medals, a record she shares with her sister Venus. ~ African American Women in Sports: Famous Firsts
Andre Aggassi (1970 - ) American Tennis Player - He is the only male singles player in history to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments, the Olympic gold medal and the ATP Tour World Championships: a distinction dubbed as a "Career Super Slam" by Sports Illustrated - Authored "Open - An Autobiography" 2010
Jimmy Conners & Arthur Ashe, the only African American tennis player to win singles titles at Wimbledon, the US Open & the Australian Open. He was a major civil rights supporter, wrote for Time magazine, and commentated for ABC News. In the early 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993.
Stanley Roger "Stan" Smith (born 1946) is a former World No. 1 American tennis player & two time Grand Slam singles champion who also, with his partner Bob Lutz, formed one of the most successful doubles teams of all time. Smith won the first year end championship Masters Grand Prix title. Smith's two major singles titles were the 1971 US Open (over Jan Kodeš in the final), & 1972 Wimbledon (over Ilie Năstase in the final). In 1972, he was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player.
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