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Arthur Ashe wins the first U.S. Open of the Open Era, defeating Tom Okker in the final, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Ashe is the first African-American male to win a Grand Slam tournament. Because of this win, Ashe not only became a hero for American tennis, but for the civil rights movement, of which he was an active supporter.

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