Originally Posted by max
Credible proof needed. Citations please. Althea Gibson at Wimbledon, no?
You never heard of google? Geesh, Wimbledon and the US Open were very elitist and extremely racist in the 1950s everyone knows that.
Also remember, there was the whole segregation and social apartheid in the USA during the 1950s so Althea Gibson's incredible rise to become a tennis champion is even more extraordinary.
Althea Gibson wasn't allowed to play the US OPEN until 1950 and only after her fellow American a white tennis player Alice Marble wrote a letter criticizing the USTA for their racism. Marble said Althea should be allowed to play and she did due to Marble's letter. Gibson won the US OPEN twice.
As for Wimbledon, it wasn't until the mid 1950s until Gibson was allowed to even play Wimbledon because of the color barrier. Gibson won Wimbledon twice in 1957 and 1958.