Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs: Battle of the Sexes

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Billie Jean King talks about being a female professional tennis player in the early 1970s. She discusses the famous 1973 tennis match called the Battle of the Sexes in in Houston, Texas where she beat her male opponent, Bobby Riggs: “By beating him, people started to change their hearts and … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson Reflects on Her Influential Tennis Career


In this documentary narrated by Maya Angelou, tennis player Althea Gibson reflects on her successful career in the late 1950s and beyond. Gibson describes her experience at Wimbledon in 1957, during which she became the first black woman to win the tennis tournament. She reflects on the anxiety she felt while competing … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
How Althea Gibson Broke Boundaries for Black Athletes

Althea Gibson

In this segment from “Althea Gibson: A Documentary,” Gibson is praised for becoming the first black woman to win the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Championship and Wimbledon in 1957. Fellow tennis players, such as Dr. Harold Freeman, discuss how Gibson’s triumphs were exceptional because tennis was previously offered exclusively to … Continue reading

Wimbledon Championships
Longest Match in Professional Tennis History


Fans react to watching the Isner–Mahut tennis match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, the longest match in professional tennis history: “You’ve got to come to Wimbledon and watch the live event because you just never know what’s going to happen.” John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of … Continue reading