Profession: Tennis Player
Biography: Althea Gibson was an American tennis player, best known for her achievements and the fact that she was the first was the first African American of either gender to play professional tennis.
Alice Marble came out in support of her being allowed to play, saying: "If Althea Gibson represents a challenge to the present crop of women players, it's only fair that they should meet that challenge on the courts."
Gibson met this challenge, winning the French Open in 1956 and then a year later winning the women's singles at both Wimbledon and the US Open. She would win both of these latter two again in 1958.
Born: August 25, 1927
Birthplace: Clarendon Country, South Carolina, USA
Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Virgo
Died: September 28, 2003 (aged 76)
Cause of Death: Respiratory and bladder infections
- 1950-08-22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
- 1956-05-26 French Championships Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French singles title; beats Angela Mortimer of England 6-0, 12-10
- 1956-09-09 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson 6-3, 6-4 for her only US singles crown
- 1957-01-28 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry Irvin wins all-American final; beats Althea Gibson 6-3, 6-4 for her only Australian singles title
- 1957-07-06 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson becomes the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2
- 1957-07-21 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)
- 1957-09-08 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Althea Gibson beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-3, 6-2 for the first of her 2 home singles crowns
- 1958-07-05 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer of England 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title
- 1958-09-07 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Althea Gibson beats Darlene Hard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
- 1973-06-28 Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson elected