Alice Marble Quotes
If tennis is a game for ladies and gentlemen, it's also time we acted a little more like gentlepeople and less like sanctimonious hypocrites. If Althea Gibson represents a challenge to the present crop of women players, it's only fair that they should meet that challenge on the courts.
Editorial in American Lawn Tennis magazine on July 1, 1950. She was addressing segregation policy in the sport of tennis that excluded African-Americans. Finally, Althea Gibson became the first black to complete in United States national tennis championship on August 28, 1950, years before Jackie Robinson.