1957 – Althea Gibson becomes the first African American to win U.S. Open tennis title


On September 8, 1957, 30-year-old Althea Gibson becomes the first African American to win the U.S. Open, beating Louise Brough, 6-3, 6-2. Afterward, vice president Richard Nixon presents her with the championship trophy. “Now I have been doubly honored,” Gibson says. “I won …read more

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Althea Gibson becomes first African American to win U.S. Open tennis title

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September 8, 2022

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August 26, 2021

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