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1905 Oct 6
Tennis great Helen Wills Moody was born in Berkeley, Calif.
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1937 Jul 20
Don Budge (22), American tennis player, defeated Baron Gottfried von Cram (28) of Germany at Wimbledon in a semi-final round to see who would face England. James Thurber later described the Budge-Cramm five-set marathon as ďthe greatest match in the history of the world.Ē
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1945 Nov 28
Dwight Filley Davis (b.Jul 5, 1879) died at age 66. He was a Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Presidential Aide, Sec of War under Coolidge and donated tennis's Davis Cup: 1945.
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1968 Sep 9
Arthur Ashe (1943-1993) became the 1st black to win the US Open menís tennis singles championship.
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1970 Apr 29
Andre Agassi, tennis star and winner of an Olympic gold medal in 1996, was born in Las Vegas, Nev.
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1971 Feb 1
Evonne Goolagong scored her first major senior singles victory as she defeated Margaret Court in the finals of the Victorian Open, played in Melbourne, Australia.
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1971 Apr 10
The American table tennis team arrived in China.
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1973 May 13
Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs (1918-1995) beat Margaret Smith Court (b.1942) in a Mother's Day match in California.
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1973 Sep 20
In their so-called "battle of the sexes," tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome. In 2005 Selena Roberts authored ďA Necessary Spectacle,Ē an account of the match.
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1973 Dec 2
Monica Seles, tennis star (US Open 1992), was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia.
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1975 Jul 5
Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
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1975 Sep 5
Czech tennis ace Martina Navratilova asked for political asylum in NYC.
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1976 Aug 27
Transsexual Renee Richards was barred from competing in US Tennis Open in Forest Hills, NY.
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1980 Apr 16
Arthur Ashe (1943-1993) retired from professional tennis following quadruple bypass surgery. He contracted the HIV virus from a blood transfusion after a second bypass operation in 1983.
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1982 Sep 13
In Sweden Marcus Wallenberg Jr. (b.1899), former tennis champion and banker, died.
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1982 Nov 28
The United States led by John McEnroe beat France 4-1 to win the Davis Cup.
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1987 Jul 4
Martina Navratilova won her eighth Wimbledon singles title as she defeated Steffi Graf.
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1987 Jul 5
Pat Cash of Australia defeated Ivan Lendl in straight sets to win the Wimbledon men's singles final.
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1988 Sep 10
Steffi Graf of West Germany achieved tennis' first Grand Slam since Margaret Court in 1970 by winning the U.S. Open women's final.
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1988 Sep 11
Mats Wilander of Sweden won the men's U.S. Open title in New York.
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1989 Jul 9
West German tennis players Steffi Graf and Boris Becker won the women's and men's singles titles at Wimbledon.
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1989 Sep 9
West German Steffi Graf won the women's tennis title at the U.S. Open in New York, defeating second-ranked Martina Navratilova.
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1990 Jul 7
Martina Navratilova captured a record-breaking ninth womenís title at Wimbledon, outplaying Zina Garrison, 6-4, 6-1.
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1990 Jul 8
Swedenís Stefan Edberg beat Boris Becker of West Germany to capture his second menís tennis championship at Wimbledon.
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1990 Sep 8
Gabriela Sabatini won the US Open womenís championship and her first grand slam title as she defeated Steffi Graf.
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1990 Sep 9
Pete Sampras defeated Andre Agassi to win the US Open menís title.
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1991 Jun 9
Jim Courier gained his first Grand Slam of tennis as he won the French Open.
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1991 Jul 6
Steffi Graf won the womenís singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.
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1991 Jul 7
Michael Stich defeated Boris Becker, 6-4, 7-6, 6-4, to win the menís singles title at Wimbledon.
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1991 Sep 7
Monica Seles won the US Open in New York, defeating Martina Navratilova 7-6, 6-1.
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1991 Sep 8
Stefan Edberg won the US Open in New York, defeating Jim Courier in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0.
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1992 Apr 8
Tennis great Arthur Ashe announced at a New York news conference that he had AIDS, saying he was forced to go public because a newspaper had inquired about his health. Ashe died February, 1993, of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49.
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1992 Jul 4
Steffi Graf won her fourth Wimbledon title, defeating Monica Seles in a 5 1/2-hour match interrupted three times by rain.
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1992 Jul 5
Andre Agassi won his first Grand Slam title, defeating Goran Ivanisevic at Wimbledon.
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1992 Aug 7
Jennifer Capriati won the gold medal in tennis at the Barcelona Olympics, beating Steffi Graf.
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1992 Sep 13
Stefan Edberg defeated Pete Sampras to win the U.S. Open title in New York, a day after Monica Seles beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to win her seventh Grand Slam title.
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1993 Feb 6
Tennis Hall-of-Famer and human rights advocate Arthur Ashe died of AIDS in New York at age 49. He was the first black man to win the Wimbledon tennis match.
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1993 Apr 30
Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany, by a man who called himself a fan of second-ranked German player Steffi Graf. Convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, he received a suspended sentence.
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1993 Jul 3
Steffi Graf of Germany won her third consecutive Wimbledon title as she defeated Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic.
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1993 Jul 4
Pete Sampras won the men's title at Wimbledon, defeating fellow American Jim Courier.
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1994 Jul 2
Conchita Martinez won the women's title at Wimbledon, defeating Martina Navratilova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
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1994 Jul 3
Pete Sampras defeated Goran Ivanisevic to win the Wimbledon men's championship, 7-6, 7-6, 6-0.
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1994 Sep 18
Tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis, 40, was found dead in the guest cottage of a friend's home in Southampton, N.Y., of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
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1995 Jun 19
The Richmond Virginia Planning Commission approved plans to place a memorial statue of tennis professional Arthur Ashe.
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1995 Jul 3
Richard "Pancho" Gonzalez (b.1928), tennis great, died of stomach cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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1995 Jul 8
Steffi Graf won the womenís singles title at Wimbledon, defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
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1995 Jul 9
Pete Sampras won the menís singles title at Wimbledon by defeating Boris Becker, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.
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1995 Oct 25
Tennis hustler Bobby Riggs died in Leucadia, California, at age 77.
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1996 Jul 6
Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title, defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5.
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1996 Jul 7
Dutch tennis player Richard Krajicek won the Wimbledon men's title, defeating American MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
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1997 Jul 5
Sixteen-year-old Martina Hingis became the youngest Wimbledon singles champion this century as she beat Jana Novotna in the women's finals. Charlotte "Lottie" Dod won in 1887 at age 15.
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1997 Jul 6
Pete Sampras won his fourth Wimbledon title as he defeated Cedric Pioline of France.
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1998 Jul 4
Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic won the women's title at Wimbledon, defeating France's Nathalie Tauziat 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
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1998 Jul 5
Pete Sampras won Wimbledon for the fifth time in six years with a 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 triumph over Goran Ivanisevic.
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1998 Sep 12
Lindsay Davenport won the U.S. Open, defeating defending champion Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-5.
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1998 Sep 13
Patrick Rafter won his second consecutive U.S. Open tennis title, beating fellow Australian Mark Philippoussis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
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1999 Mar 28
Venus Williams beat kid sister Serena 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win the Lipton Championships in the first all-sister women's final in 115 years.
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1999 Jun 5
Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
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1999 Jun 6
In tennis, Andre Agassi won the French Open, defeating Andrei Medvedev 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
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1999 Jul 4
Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport won the singles titles at Wimbledon, defeating Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
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