A video tribute to the legendary African-American tennis champion.
By: Legacy Staff
1 year ago
Althea Gibson has been called the Jackie Robinson of tennis. She broke through the color barrier in 1950 and within a few years became a dominant force, winning back-to-back Wimbledon and U.S. National Championships. She is regarded as one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time. Because tennis was an amateur sport, she never made much money playing it, so she turned to golf and repeated her pioneering achievement, becoming the first black woman on the LPGA tour. Today she’s remembered for inspiring and paving the way for other black tennis greats like Arthur Ashe and Venus and Serena Williams.