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Althea Gibson

(1927-2003)

 

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Althea Gibson was an American tennis player. Gibson turned pro at the age of 31 and was the first black tennis player to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the 50s.  Even though she was subject to the segregation that plagued African Americans at the time; she is most remembered for breaking the color barrier in professional tennis

Gibson was the first African American to be named as the Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in 1957. Later in life, Gibson turned to professional golf and was the first African American woman to join the LPGA. In 1971 she was included in the prestigious Tennis Hall of Fame. althea_gibson