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Black History Tennis Trivia

Who was the first black winner of the US Open in the Open Era? How many Grand Slam titles have Venus and Serena Williams won combined? Test your knowledge on these questions and more in our black history tennis trivia quiz.

1. In what year did Althea Gibson first win the US Open, then called the U.S. Championships?

  • 1950
  • 1957
  • 1963
  • 1970

2.  Who was the first black winner of a United States Lawn Tennis Association sanctioned event?

  • Arthur Ashe
  • Althea Gibson
  • Zina Garrison
  • Oscar Johnson

3. What is the name of the first black tennis organization in the United States?

  • Black Tennis Association
  • American Tennis Association
  • African American Tennis
  • Negro Tennis League

4. Who was the first black winner of the US Open title, during the Open era?

  • Althea Gibson
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Oscar Johnson
  • Robert Walter Johnson

5. In what year did Zina Garrison become the first African American to win a gold medal for the U.S. in tennis?

  • 1984
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 1996

6. Who is the first African-American woman to win a major tennis title after Althea Gibson?

  • Zina Garrison
  • Venus Williams
  • Chanda Rubin
  • Leslie Allen

7. Who was the first African-American captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team that led the players to the 1981 title?

  • James Blake
  • MaliVai Washington
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Yannick Noah

8. How many total Grand Slam titles do Venus and Serena Williams hold collectively?

  • 20
  • 35
  • 40
  • 48

9. Who was the first African-American tennis player ever selected to play for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963?

  • James Blake
  • Arthur Ashe
  • MaliVai Washington
  • Robert Walter Johnson

10.  Name the only two black men of African descent to ever win a Grand Slam tennis title.

  • Arthur Ashe and MaliVai Washington
  • Arthur Ashe and Yannick Noah
  • Arthur Ashe and James Blake
  • Arthur Ashe and Oscar Johnson

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