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On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win Wimbledon. She defeated Darlene Hard in two sets (6-3,6-2). The year before, Gibson won the singles title at the French Open, becoming the first player to win that event too. Gibson would go on to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 1958, then retire from amateur tennis. Her Wimbledon win in 1957 was groundbreaking for a time in which tennis was still segregated to an extent. Following retirement from amateur play, Gibson also became the first black woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour in 1964. She would play professionally until her retirement in 1971, when she was voted into the National Lawn Tennis Association Hall of Fame.

posted on 07/06/2017 by Daniel Oyefusi
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