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Althea Gibson Club Court Dedication

April 28, 2004 03:44 PM

The Club Court at the Family Circle Tennis Center was dedicated on Thursday, April15th during the Family Circle Cup. The honor was greatly deserved for a pioneer of tennis who was making waves a generation before Arthur Ashe.

Althea Gibson was born August 25, 1927 on a cotton farm in Silver, SC. She was raised in Harlem, and her first tennis lesson was at Harlem’s Cosmopolitan Club. Gibson was the first black woman to win the US Open and Wimbledon. Her career ended with 11 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles.

Before her death September 28th of last year, Gibson was quoted as saying “I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. I just want to be reasonably successful and live a normal life with all the conveniences to make it so. I think I’ve already got the main thing I’ve always wanted, which is to be somebody, to have identity.”

Gibson had an amazing impact on tennis in her lifetime and this honor is a great way to remember her achievements.

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