The most memorable moments in Wimbledon history

On this day in 1957, Althea Gibson became the first Black tennis player to win Wimbledon

Stars Insider

06/07/21 | StarsInsider


When it comes to summer sport events, Wimbledon could be the world's best. The tennis tournament invites the sport's shining stars to its green, grassy courts. Yet what makes Wimbledon exciting is its world-class players, from teenage triumphs to veteran players like Venus and Serena Williams.

History was made on July 6, 1957, when Althea Gibson claimed the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and simultaneously became the first Black person and African American woman to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. She defeated Darlene Hard, 6-3, 6-2, and went on to also win the US Open that same year. Gibson was notably one of the first Black athletes to cross the color line of international tennis.

As this year's tournament is in full swing, click on to see Wimbledon's most memorable moments through history.


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