September 9, 1968: Arthur Ashe becomes first black man to win the US Open.
After spending three years ranked as the second-best amateur player in the United States, Arthur Ashe sealed his ascension to the top ranking with his five-set victory over Tom Okker in the first US Open tennis championships.
The win on September 9, 1968, also made Ashe, an Army lieutenant at West Point, the first African-American man to win a Grand Slam event. Ashe used more than 25 aces to defeat the Dutchman, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in front of 7,100 spectators at the West Side Tennis Club.
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