Who was the first African American to win a Wimbledon title?
#63443. Asked by Blueeyes_22. (Mar 13 06 10:00 AM)
American Althea Gibson became the first black player to win a Wimbledon singles championship when she captured the title in 1957. She successfully defended her title a year later. She was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in both years. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/00wimbledon1.html
However, the first black person--male or female--to actually win at Wimbledon was Althea Gibson, who won both the singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958, respectively. Thanks to her trailblazing efforts, hundreds of black tennis players have followed. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1365/is_2_35/ai_n6253849
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