Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson
1927 - 2003

Althea Gibson  American Tennis


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Althea Gibson passed away on 28th Sep 2003 aged 76.


Althea Gibson was previously married to Sydney Llewellyn and Will Darben.


American Tennis Player Althea Gibson was born on 25th August, 1927 in Silver, SC and passed away on 28th Sep 2003 East Orange, NJ aged 76. She is most remembered for first African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title in 1956. Her zodiac sign is Virgo.

Althea Gibson is a member of the following lists: Professional tennis players before the Open Era, Burials at Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, New Jersey and Women autobiographers.


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First Name Althea
Last Name Gibson
Age 76 (age at death) years
Birthday 25th August, 1927
Birthplace Silver, SC
Died 28th September, 2003
Place of Death East Orange, NJ
Cause of Death Circulatory failure
Height 5' 11" (180 cm)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity Multiracial
Nationality American
University Florida A&M University, FL
Occupation Tennis
Claim to Fame first African-American woman to win a Grand Slam title in 1956
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Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title (the French Open). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open), then won both again in 1958, and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments, including six doubles titles, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. "She is one of the greatest players who ever lived," said Robert Ryland, a tennis contemporary and former coach of Venus and Serena Williams. "Martina couldn't touch her. I think she'd beat the Williams sisters." In the early 1960s she also became the first black player to compete on the women's professional golf tour.

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