Tennis: King Arthur

"I am a sociological phenomenon," says Arthur Ashe Jr. He is a great deal more than that. Last week, on the center court at Forest Hills' West Side Ten nis Club—the same stuffy club that once barred Ralph Bunche from membership—the son of a Negro playground guard from Richmond, Va., established himself as the No. 1 star in one of the most segregated U.S. sports. In a five-set match, Ashe, 25, defeated blond Tom Okker of The Netherlands, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, for the U.S. Open championship. His victory made him the...

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