What Is Althea Gibson Famous for?


Althea Gibson (1927-2003) was a world number one American sportswoman, the first Africa-American woman to be a competitor on the world tennis tour and the first to win a Grand Slam title in the year 1956. She is also famously known as the Jackie Robinson of tennis for breaking the colour barrier and was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
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Althea Gibson
Born: August 25, 1927
Birthplace: Silver, South Carolina
Died: September 28, 2003
Althea Gibson was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour and the first to win a Grand Slam title in 1956.
The daughter of sharecroppers, Althea Gibson became a tennis sensation in the 1950s. Her 1956 triumph at the French Tennis Championships (later known as the French Open) made her the first black woman ever to win a major singles title. The next year she
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Althea Gibson was born on August 25, 1927 in Silver, South Carolina. She broke the color barrier in woman's tennis. She died on September 28, 2003 at the age of 76.
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August 25, 1927 in Silver, South Carolina, USA
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