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This is the hour I will remember always as the crowning conclusion to a long and wonderful journey." She noted that her award belonged to many and she singled out Buddy Walker, Fred Johnson, Doctors Johnson and Eaton, Llewellyn, Buxton, the ATA, and the USLTA. "And finally," she said, "this victory is a sincere thank you to the many good people in England and around the world whose written and spoken expressions of encouragement, faith, and hope, I have tried to justify." She concluded by focusing on the responsibilities of the crown, calling it a "total victory of many nations" and a "collective victory of many champions."
Eighteen more years of segregated competitive tennis ensured, followed by the historic appearance of ATA junior champ Oscar Johnson at USLTA's national indoor juniors in 1947.
Around that same time, Harlem's Althea Gibson was volleying her way through the rankings, serving notice on the tennis world that African-American talent could no longer be held down, regardless of the USLTA's intentions.
(The name of the tournament was changed from the USLTA National Championships to the U.S.
In his sensational career, Ashe won USLTA National singles titles in 1961, 1963, 1%7 and the Australian Open singles and doubles competition in 1970 and 1977, respectively.
She continued to dominate women's tennis in the late 1950s, winning back-to-back Wimbledon singles championships in 1957 and 1958 and the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) national singles championship in 1957 and 1958 at Forest Hills, N.Y.