Today, on first day of US Open tennis tournament 2014, Google honors the most prominent Tennis player of America Althea Gibson with a doodle. Its Gibson’s 87th Birthday marked with this interactive Google Doodle. Unfortunately doodle is visible only for Google US users.
Althea Gibson is the lady with clear view of life success and failure. Gibson have said many quotes which gives positive feeling for humanity.
“The loser say it may be possible, but it’s difficult, the winner says it may be difficult, but it’s possible”
Althea Gibson Tennis career and life history
Althea Gibson was born 25 August 1927. It was in 1941, first noticeable achievement Gibson made in tennis by winning American Tennis Associations New York Championship. It was the beginning of a new history in tennis.
In 1944 and 1945 Gibson won ATA’s girls championship. Her talent gained attention of active tennis players of the time. Gibson was given assistance and was also sponsored by players like Hubert A Eaton and Walter Johnson. These gave her wider opportunities.
USTA’s championship in 1949 was a turning point in her career; Althea Gibson became the first black woman to participate USTA’s Indoor championship. First international achievement by Gibson was in 1951 at Caribbean Championship in Jamaica. In later years Gibson participated in many tournaments nationally and internationally and came out as a start in tennis.
In 1956 Althea Gibson became the first African American Athlete to win Gland Slam. Altogether in her career Gibson won 5 Grand Slam singles and 6 Grand Slam doubles titles. 1957 was Althea Gibson year, Gibson won many championships, titles and also became the first champion to win Wimbledon and receive trophy from Queen Elizabeth II. In 1957 and 1958 Gibson named as Female Athlete of the year by Associated Press. In 1958, she retired from amateur tennis.
After retiring also Gibson was a common figure in play grounds. Gibson joined in Ladies Professional Golf Association and was an active member. Althea Gibson served as New Jersey’s Athletic Commissioner and Supervisor of Governor’s council of physical fitness and Sports.
Gibson died on 28 September 2003. Althea Gibson was honored with many recognitions during her lifetime and also posthumously. Many statues for the Queen of Tennis were erected in many places in honor to her. Google Doodle on this day honors her and tennis lovers will really enjoy the doodle for her.