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US Open’s VR and Photo Exhibit

Every tennis fan at the 2018 US Open has a ticket to Arthur Ashe—figuratively, at least.

While many choose to forego access into Arthur Ashe Stadium, the centerpiece of the 50-acre Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York and the venue for many of the Open’s most sought-after matches, the new Ashe ’68 Virtual Reality Experience and Photo Exhibit give everyone an opportunity to experience the greatness of Ashe’s 1968 US Open win in vivid detail. One outlet writes:

“From the internal pressures he felt during the tumultuous cultural shift of ’68 while walking down the halls of the West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference to his winning match point, the viewer is right there, immersed in Arthur’s historic day. You are right there with Arthur Ashe at the US Open where you witness his defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage.”

The first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black player ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open, Ashe parlayed his success into a platform for civil rights. He became famous by breaking racial barriers in tennis and speaking out against oppression around the world, from helping to dismantle apartheid in South Africa to giving a voice to those afflicted with AIDS.

Accompanying the VR Experience is a series of 16 Vibrachrome panels produced by Duggal Visual Solutions, adding additional, previously unpublished context to Ashe’s legacy on and off the court. Duggal’s Ruchika Attri and Bob Kapoor worked with Emmy-nominated Rex Miller—director of an upcoming documentary, executive-produced by John Legend, celebrating Ashe’s life—to create the exhibit in a portable, yet powerful format to tour with the United States Tennis Association and International Tennis Hall of Fame.

All photos: Arthur Ashe Exhibit on display at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. (Kate Whitney Lucey/ITHF)

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