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Days shy of his 32nd birthday, Arthur Ashe faced off against the heavily favored Jimmy Connors, the 22-year-old defending champ. Ashe kept Connors off guard all match with a mix of pace and angles, winning in four sets. The victory was Ashe's first Wimbledon title and third Grand Slam overall, but more than that, the victory made him the first black male player to win the championship.

Text: Collin Orcutt
Photo: Tony Triolo/SI

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