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-        Althea Gibson is known as a pioneering tennis player.

-        The first Black player to win a Grand Slam title.

-        Along with crossing the color lines in international tennis play , Gibson is also the first Black woman to join the LPGA golf tour.

-        Gibson flourished and eventually became a notable champion of the Black-owned American Tennis Association.

-        First Black player to play in the U.S. National Championship and at Wimbledon in 1950 and 1951 respectively.

-        In 1956 Gibson won the first of her six Grand Slam singles titles at what is now known as the French Open. The following year on July 6, 1957, she became the first Black player to win the women’s singles title at the Wimbledon Open.

-        After tennis Gibson decided to try her hand at golf and landed a spot on the tour.

-        After retiring in the ’70’s, she became an ambassador for the sport and served as the New Jersey State commissioner of athletics before taking a position on the governor's council on physical fitness.

-        Gibson's health declined and she died in 2003 at the age of 76 in East Orange , New Jersey