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US Open to honor Althea Gibson with statue
Published Mar 09, 2018
Althea Gibson will be honored with a statue at the site of the US Open, the USTA announced on Tuesday.
In 1950, Gibson broke tennis' color barrier by becoming first African-American to play in the U.S. National Championships.
Six years later, and 12 years before Arthur Ashe won the US Open, Gibson became first African-American Grand Slam champion by winning the French Championships. She went on to win two Wimbledon titles and two U.S. National Championships in singles, in addition to six Slams in doubles.
"Althea Gibson really is the Jackie Robinson of tennis," said USTA president Katrina Adams.
Despite her contributions to tennis, Gibson doesn't currently have a court named for her at the USTA National Tennis Center. Adams suggested to The Undefeated that there's some red tape preventing any changes in that area.
The artist and completion date of the statue haven't yet been determined.