Google doodle honors tennis pioneer Althea Gibson

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On the 87th anniversary of her birth and the opening day of the tournament she won twice, Althea Gibson was honored in a special Google doodle that headlines the front page of the world’s most popular search engine. The animated doodle depicts Gibson hitting a forehand and overhead on a court with a baseline that spells “google.”

In honor of Gibson, FTW highlights five things to know about the tennis Hall of Famer.

1. She broke the color barrier at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

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In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut, Gibson became the first African-American to play in the U.S. Open. Shewas accepted thanks, in part, to an editorial written by the four-time champion Alice Marble. ”If tennis is a game for ladies and gentlemen,” Marble wrote, ”it’s also time we acted a little more like gentle people and less like sanctimonious…

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