Althea Gibson


Biography of Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was a champion tennis competitor and the first African-American woman to be on the world tennis tour, as well as the first to win a Grand Slam title (in 1956). She was a World No. 1 and is sometimes referred to as "the Jackie Robinson of tennis" for breaking the color barrier. Gibson was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Gibson became the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, in 1964. Her best finish on the tour was a tie for second after a three-way playoff at the 1970 Len Immke Buick Open. Gibson retired from professional golf at the end of the 1978 season.

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