1951 - Althea Gibson

Timeline created by dbloom
  • Caribbean Tennis Championship - Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Women singles:
    1- AG d. Edith Ann Sullivan; 6-0, 6-4
    2-unk or Bye
    3-AG d. Baba Madden Lewis; 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
    F-AG d. Betty Rosenquest: 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. First major tournament victory for AG.
    Miami News
  • National Indoor Tennis Championship-Seventh Regiment Armory, NYC

    Women singles:
    1-AG d. Nancy Derenna; 6-0, 6-0
    2-AG d. Marjorie Buck; 7-5, 3-6, 8-6
    Q- Nancy Chaffee d. AG; 6-1, 6-3
    Mixed doubles:
    1-AG/Jacque Grigry vs Eleanor Prentiss/Bruce Cover (Prentiss/Cover default)
  • Meeting in NYC at the Crossroads Restaurant with Althea, Hollis Dann (USLTA), A. S. Francis and Bertram Baker to plan for Althea’s future training.

    The plan:
    1. Send AG to Detroit for 2-3 weeks of training with Jean Hoxie.
    2. Then to England for European schedule.
    3. Funds were being raised by boxer Joe Louis, a group of Detroiters and people in Tallahassee. Louis gave her use of his suite at the Gotham Hotel bought her a roundtrip ticket to London. (Born, p. 69)
    4. AG to leave school for a year and skip American tournaments.
    5. Letter asked FAMC to help pay expenses.
    (see Eaton collection notes)
  • Good Neighbor Tournament - Flamingo Park, Miami, FL (first A/A)

    Women singles:
    1- AG d. Lucy Henriques; 6-1, 6-0.
    2- AG d. Marnee Norris; 8-6, 6-4.
    Q- AG d. Betty Ruth James; 6-3, 6-1.
    S- AG d. Rhoda Hopkins; 6-0, 6-3.
    F-AG d. Betty Rosenquest: 6-4, 6-2.
    Women doubles:
    S-AG/Susan Herr d. Gladis Heldman/Marnee Norris; 6-3, 6-1.
    F-Rosenquest/Rhoda Hopkins d. AG/Herr; 6-4, 6-2.
    Mixed doubles:
    Q. AG/Tony Vincent d. Mr. & Mrs. Hobart Wrobbel; 6-1, 6-1.
    F-AG/TV d. Elaine Lewicki/Orlando Garrido; 6-1, 6-2.
    Miami News. Afro American 07 April.
  • AG in Hamtramck, Michigan, for two weeks to train with Jean Hoxie

    Jean Hoxie gave AG 2 3-hour sessions sometimes twice a day. (see Born, p. 70)
  • Northern Lawn Tennis Tournament-Manchester England

    Women singles:
    1. AG d. Peggy Hodson; 6-1, 6-1
    2. AG d. Norma Potts; 6-4, 6-4
    Q. AG d. Barbara Scofield, 6-1, 7-5
    S. Doris Hart d. AG; 6-1, 6-4
    Mixed Doubles:
    Round unk. AG/Narath Kumar d. G. H. Ryver/Miss J. MacLeod; 6-1, 6-0
    S. AG/NK d. Rosenquest/Brendan Macken; 6-3, 6-4
    F. Hall Burrows/Beverly Baker d. AG/NK; 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
    Ag's first British tournament
  • Wimbledon - first A/A

    Women singles:
    First round: bye
    2. AG d. Pat Ward (GBR); 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.
    3. Beverly Baker (USA) d. AG; 6-1, 6-3
    Women's doubles
    1- Bye
    2- Susan Billington (GBR)/ Margot Parker (GBR) d. AG/Nelly Adamson (FRA); walkover
    Mixed doubles
    1-Bye
    2. AG/Narenda Nath (IND) d. Claude Lister (GBR)/Thelma Lister (GBR); 6-0, 6-2
    3. Frank Sedgman (AUS)/Doris Hart d. AG/NN; 6-8, 6-8
  • International Tennis Tournament - Dortmund Germany

    1-AG d. Bertha Kipper; 6-2, 6-3
    S-AG d. Inge Hamann; 6-4, 6-3
    F-AG d. Hannah Kozeluh: 6-3, 6-2
  • Essex Lawn Tennis Tournament - Frinton by the sea (England)

    Women's singles:
    3. AG d. Velma Middleton; 6-0, 6-0
    Q. AG d. Mrs. J. M. Lloyd; 6-3, 6-4
    S.unk
    F. AG d. Arvilla McGuire: 6-2, 6-0
    Women doubles:
    F. Beryl Bartlett/Betty Wilford d. AG/McGuire; 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
  • American Tennis Association Tournament-Wilberforce (34th)

    Women's singles:
    1. AG d. Bertha Craig, 6-0, 6-0
    2. AG d. Ophelia Harmon; 6-0, 6-0
    3 or Q: AG d. Rosemary Darben; 6-0, 6-0
    3 or Q. AG d. Ophelia Harmon; 6-0, 6-0
    S. AG d. Roumania Peters; 6-0, 6-0
    F. AG d. Mary Etta Fine; 6-1, 6-0
    Mixed doubles:
    Q. Nana Davis/Quentin Vaughan d. AG/Whirlwind; 8-6,4-6,7-5.
    (AG double faulted to lose the match)
    Atlanta Daily World 28 Aug.; Afro American 01 Sep, NY Age 25 1951
  • National Tennis Tournament 1951 - Forest Hills

    Women's singles:
    1-AG d. Gladys Heldman; 6-1, 6-0
    2-AG d. Toby Greenberg; 6-3, 6-1
    Q-Maureen Connolly d. AG; 6-2, 6-4
    Mixed doubles"
    AG/Don Candy (AUS)
  • Bethune Cookman Homecoming

    AG is honored at the event