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Video footage: Christine Truman, UK vs. Althea Gibson, the USA at the Wightman Cup, Wimbledon, London circa 1958 - MGM PICTURES, UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL NEWSREEL, USA, filmed in 1958
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Definition of the noun althea gibson

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  1. United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003)
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of Althea Gibson: Gibson
    • instance of: tennis player = an athlete who plays tennis


Who is Althea Gibson?

Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title. The following year she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals, then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. "She is one of the greatest players who ever lived," said Robert Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams.


"Althea Gibson" is a book by Tom Biracree.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in American History (2015)

by Joyce Appleby, Eileen Chang, Neva Goodwin

Althea Gibson was the first African American to compete in the U.S. Nationals and break the color barrier at the Wimbledon Championships in lawn tennis in London. Tennis, like many amateur and professional sports, was segregated before ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the 1950s (2000)

by James Stuart Olson

African-American leaders soon targeted Althea Gibson to become the Jackie Robinson* of women's tennis and integrate the sport. White tennis champion Alice Marble began campaigning on Gibson's behalf, and in 1950, the USLTA allowed ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present (2009)

From the Age of Segregation to the Twenty-first Century Five-volume Set by Paul Finkelman

recorded the album Althea Gibson Sings (1958), and played Lukey in the film The Horse Soldiers ( 1959).

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Education (2010)

by Kofi Lomotey

FAMU's tennis program produced its own star, Althea Gibson, who turned professional in the late 1950s, and who won several big tournaments, such as the French Open, Wimbledon, and the United States Open. Gibson went on to break other ...

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Quotes about Althea Gibson

In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best. (Althea Gibson)
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