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Serving herself : the life and times of Althea Gibson  Cover Image Book Book

Serving herself : the life and times of Althea Gibson / Ashley Brown.

Brown, Ashley, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780197551752
  • ISBN: 0197551750
  • Physical Description: 544 pages 544 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Coming up the hard way -- Queer cosmopolitan -- The making of a strong Black (woman) contender in the South -- From the Florida A&M to Forest Hills -- Integration -- Resurfacing -- Press(ing) matters -- Changeover -- Finding fault with a winner -- Game over -- New frontiers -- Winner who hasn't won yet -- The harvest -- Two deaths.
Summary, etc.:
"Coming Up the Hard Way "Sometimes, in a tough neighborhood, where there is no way for a kid to prove himself except by playing games and fighting, you've got to establish a record for being able to look out for yourself before they will leave you alone. If they think you're an easy mark, they will all look to build up their own reputations by beating up on you. I learned always to get in the first punch." Althea Gibson, 1958 Four days after her historic victory at Wimbledon in July 1957, Althea Gibson sat at the head table between her parents during a luncheon held in her honor at New York City's famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Wearing a dress of red and blue silk with a corsage pinned to her lapel, she listened as local officials sang her praises. Gibson was "an American girl," "a real lady," and "a wonderful ambassador ... [and] saleswoman" for the country, they said. Speaker after speaker reached for superlatives and generalities to pay tribute to Gibson for rising improbably from "the sidewalks of New York," in the words of Mayor Robert F. Wagner, to winning the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. The commissioner of the department of commerce and public events cut closest to the truth with six words: "She came up the hard way""-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Gibson, Althea, 1927-2003.
African American tennis players > Biography.
Women tennis players > United States > Biography.
Tennis > United States > History > 20th century.

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