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Game, set, match. Althea Gibson playing tennis at Forest Hills, N.Y.

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Althea Gibson Won Again!
July 6, 1957

Althea Gibson was thirteen years old when she took her first tennis lesson, and one year later, she won her first tournament. Gibson was a great athlete. She was the first African American to compete for the U.S. Nationals. She won many U.S. and international titles, but Althea Gibson had something much tougher than tennis tournaments to face.
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