The Incomparable Althea Gibson – First black to win U.S. Tennis Championship
Althea Gibson ranked number one in tennis the 1957-1958 season. When she defeated Louise Brough in 1957, Althea became the first black to win the U.S. Women’s Championship.
That same year, Gibson also became the first black to win at Wimbledon. She repeated both wins in 1958. Gibson’s career began in the Harlem section of New York City, where she became a superb paddle tennis player. She was the National Negro Girls Champion in 1945, and from 1947 to 1957 the Black American Tennis Association title holder. Gibson broke the tennis color barrier in 1950 when she played at Forest Hills in New York. She then played at Wimbledon in 1951.