Popular Tennis Player Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson

In the world of sports, there are players who owe all their recognition and achievements to the category of sports only. They are superstars due to their immensely great skills at a particular sport and are acknowledged in terms of their perfection at that sport. People remember them long after they stage an exit from the sport because they set a benchmark in terms of the skills displayed within the confines of that sport. Yet there are other athletes who rise on the popularity chart owing to not only their displayed skills at a particular sport, but also a certain feature of their personality that makes them stand out clearly in a vast group of other athletes. One such player who comes to mind is Althea Gibson. Hailing from the United States of America, she played a significantly pivotal sociall role that set the backdrop for allowing skin colour barriers in the tennis arena to be broken.

Althea Gibson owes to her name the extremely laudable achievement of being the first African-American woman to compete in the international tennis circuit and win a Grand Slam tournament in 1956. She went on to win 4 more tournaments, two each in 1957 and 1958, and there is hence no doubt of the class and merit of this star athlete. In her lifetime, she was awarded with several forms of acknowledgement, yet the acknowledgement that she deserves the most is that of making the world let go of the colour barrier. Certainly, the William sisters, amongst a lot of other athletes, owe a lot to Althea Gibson.

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.