On This Day

Althea Gibson

Profession: Tennis Player

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Won seven Grand Slam women's singles titles.

Gibson was also the 1st black female player to win a Wimbledon title.

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

Events in the Life of Althea Gibson

  • 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

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