Game 95 | February 16, 1961 | Althea Gibson
Often referred to as "the Jackie Robinson of tennis," Gibson became the first international tennis star. She broke tennis' historic color barrier in 1950 and won both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon single titles in 1956. Tennis players made no money in those days. She suffered a stroke in 1992 and confided to her former doubles partner that she was on the brink of suicide. Her partner wrote a letter to the leading tennis magazine, and Gibson's mailbox was flooded with nearly $1 million in checks and cash. She died in 2003 at age 76.
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