Fun Fact 2 Althea Gibson was born on August 25th, 1927 in Clarendon
County, South Carolina in the United States of America. She passed away
Fun Fact 3: Althea Gibson's father was called Daniel and her mother was
called Annie Bell. Both of her parents worked on a cotton farm as
Fun Fact 4: Althea Gibson had four younger siblings; she had one brother
and three sisters.
Fun Fact 5: Althea Gibson began playing paddle tennis as a young girl.
Paddle tennis is a form of tennis which is played in a smaller court
with a lower net and without double lanes. This type of tennis is played
using a solid paddle instead of a racquet with strings.
Fun Fact 6: Althea Gibson earned some great sporting achievements as a
child. Her tennis skills became apparent when she was young. By 1939,
when she was just 12 years old, she became the women's paddle tennis
champion for New York City!
Fun Fact 7: Althea Gibson moved to Harlem with her family in 1930. They
lived in a Police Athletic League area. A Police Athletic League area
can be described as an American police organization department which
coaches youngsters in sport and other educational subjects. This didn't
apply during daytime hours when children were allowed to play organized
Fun Fact 8: Althea Gibson attended tennis lessons as a young teenager.
She was coached at the Cosmopolitan Tennis Club located in the Sugar
Hill area of Harlem.
Fun Fact 9: Althea Gibson's first tennis tournament came in 1941 when
she won the (ATA) American Tennis Association New York State
Championship. She won this same award many, many times in the years that
Fun Fact 10: One famous quotes once written by Althea Gibson was, 'I
knew that I was an unusual, talented girl, through the grace of God, I
didn't need to prove that to myself. I only wanted to prove it to my
Fun Fact 11: Althea Gibson's tennis career continued to gain more and
more success, particularly after a physician called Walter Johnson
introduced himself to her and gave her opportunities to enter more
Fun Fact 12: Althea Gibson set some remarkable records. One of her
greatest achievements was becoming the first African American to win a
Grand Slam title at the French Open.
Fun Fact 13: This incredibly gifted sportswoman is remembered by people
across the globe. She has inspired many to better themselves. Here is a
quote from Venus Williams, a current professional tennis player, 'I am
honored to have followed in such great footsteps, her accomplishments
set the stage for my success, and through players like myself and Serena
and many others to come, her legacy will live on.'
Fun Fact 14: Althea Gibson was also a professional golfer. She joined
the (LPGA) Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1964. She reached a
tie for second position in 1970 at the Len Immke Buick Open.
Fun Fact 15: Althea Gibson married William Darben in 1965. He was the
brother of her best friend Rosemary Darben who was also a professional
tennis player. The couple divorced in 1976.