Like golf, tennis was once thought of as a sport for the elite--relegated to the private country clubs of the white-upper class. But in the 1950's, a black female athlete named Althea Gibson catapulted onto scene, breaking records and winning tournaments like never before. Soon after another African-American trailblazer by the name of Arthur Ashe stepped onto the court--he too breaking barriers and setting records equally unparralled. Together these two althletes forever changed the face of a single sport. Now over a half a century later, two siblings--Venus and Serena Williams--are picking up where their predecessors left off.

 

 

Althea Gibson Arthur Ashe The Williams Sisters Sources

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