A Woman to Know: Althea Gibson

I'm playing tennis to please me, not them. — Althea

(image via Library of Congress)


Althea was a lot of firsts — the first black athlete to play at Wimbledon, the first woman of color to win a Grand Slam, and one of the first-ever inductees in the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. And yeah, she was a killer player — maybe the best ever.

As Serena's former coach said, "I think she'd beat the Williams sisters."

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