2020 Black History Month:
Great moments in Tennis History
February 26, 2020
The long and storied history of tennis in the U.S. features a multitude of significant chapters authored by African-Americans. From the sport’s earliest days through its modern era, countless contributions to tennis’ growth and success have been made by players, coaches and administrators of color. Some helped tear down barriers; some have torn up record books. Several have transcended the sport they helped to build to become true American icons. All have been an inspiration, providing this sport, those who play it and those who revel in it, with myriad memorable moments.
As we celebrate Black History Month throughout February, USTA.com recalls some of the most memorable of those important moments; milestones that helped to change the face of this sport—literally and figuratively—and inspire us all to raise our game.
Check back all month as we revisit these exceptional moments in history.
Althea Gibson's Forest Hills debut, 1950
Ashe wins inaugural US Open, 1968
Garrison reaches Wimbledon final, 1990
Washington's Wimbledon final run, 1996
Venus Williams' US Open debut, 1997
Serena Williams' first US Open title, 1999
Venus vs. Serena prime-time final, 2001
Katrina Adams named USTA president, 2015
Coco Gauff's Wimbledon bow, 2019