Her Story: Althea Gibson

Her Story: Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was the first African-American tennis player to compete at the U.S. National Championship in 1950, and the first black player to compete at Wimbledon in 1951.

Althea Neale Gibson born on August 25, 1927 in silver South Carolina. She grew up in the Harlem section of New York City.  From early age Gibson love to play sports. After one year of tennis at her local recreation center, it quickly became her great talent.
 In the 40s and 50s, most tournaments were close to African-Americans. Gibson kept playing and kept winning and until her skills could no longer be denied. After years of winning a steady string of American tennis Association titles on the African-American circuit, she was finally allowed to entry to the major tournaments.
 She became the first black player to win Wimbleton and the French and US open titles. In 1971 she was inducted into the international tennis Hall of Fame.

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