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Remembering Tennis Great Althea Gibson

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Remembering Tennis Great Althea Gibson

Remembering Tennis Great Althea Gibson

Remembering Tennis Great Althea Gibson

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Tennis legend Althea Gibson died this week at age 76. Gibson used an attacking serve-and-volley style to dominate women's tennis from 1956-58, winning 11 Grand Slam titles. She was the first black player to compete at a national tennis championship in the United States, and played in Wimbledon in 1951. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with two of Gibson's friends — David Dinkins, former mayor of New York City, and tennis star Zina Garrison.

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