Quotes by Althea Gibson

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Althea Gibson (August 25, 1927 September 28, 2003) was an American sportswoman who became the first African-American woman to be a competitor on the world tennis tour on August 22, 1950. She is sometimes referred to as "the Jackie Robinson of tennis" for breaking the "color barrier".

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No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.

Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops.
I had trouble as a competitor because I kept wanting to fight the other player every time I started to lose a match. . . . After a while I began to understand that you could walk out on the court like a lady, all dressed up in immaculate white, be polite to everybody, and still play like a tiger and beat the liver and lights out of the ball.

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