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Black History Tennis Trivia - Answers

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

  • 1950
  • 1957 - She repeated her success in 1958.
  • 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 - He won the title at the 1948 National Public Parks Championships.

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

  • Black Tennis Association
  • American Tennis Association - The organization was founded  in 1916.
  • 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 - His 1968 US Open title earned him the distinction of being the first victor in the Open era, as well as the first black man to win the tournament.
  • 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 - At the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Garrison teamed with Pam Shriver to win the women's doubles gold medal for the United States, defeating Jana Novotná and Helena Suková of Czechoslovakia in the final, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8. Garrison defeated Shriver in the quarterfinals of the singles event, where she won a bronze medal.
  • 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 - She captured the Avon Championships of Detroit in 1981 to become the first to win a major tennis tournament since Althea Gibson won the US Open in 1958.

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 - Venus has won seven singles, 12 doubles and two mixed doubles; Serena has captured 13 singles, 12 doubles and two mixed doubles.

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 - Ashe remains the only African-American player ever to win the men's singles at Wimbledon, the US Open or Australian Open. He is one of only two men of black African ancestry to win a Grand Slam singles title, the other being France's Yannick Noah, who won the French Open in 1983.
  • Arthur Ashe and James Blake
  • Arthur Ashe and Oscar Johnson
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