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Jet Magazine May 28, 2007

May 26, 1956

Althea Gibson, athlete, became the first Black to win a major tennis title when she won the women’s singles title in the French Open on this day defeating British opponent Angela Mortimer Barrett 6-0, 12-10. She also won the doubles title at the French Open that year partnering with British player Angela Buxton. She won the Wimbledon championship on July 6, 1957, and became the first Black to win a major Untied States national championship on September 8, 1957, when she defeated Louise Brough at Forest Hills to win the U.S. women’s singles title. In 1971, Gibson became the first Black inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In retirement, she served as the New Jersey state commissioner of athletics. Gibson died in 2003 at age 76 in East Orange, NJ
 

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Re: May 26, 2006 Althea Gibson wins French Open

:eek: you need to change the 2006 in the title to 1956 :lol: ;)
 

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Re: May 26, 2006 Althea Gibson wins French Open

ummmm yeah so she won from beyond the grave...she was soo good she probably could have in them days! Althea rulez¬!!!
 

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Re: May 26, 1956, Althea Gibson wins French Open

:eek: you need to change the 2006 in the title to 1956 :lol: ;)
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Enjoyed it. Wow, didn't know her first title was the French. :yeah:
 
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