Pioneering athlete Althea Gibson (1927-2003) broke the color barrier in both tennis and golf. She was the first black person to compete in the U.S. Open, the first African-American to win a Grand Slam title, and the first black Wimbledon champion. (She was also the first Wimbledon champ to receive her trophy from the hands of Queen Elizabeth II.) Driven from amateur tennis for financial reasons, Gibson subsequently became the first black woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
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