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Match: Althea Gibson and a Portrait of a Friendship

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  1 review
With the help of friends who recognized her extraordinary talent, Althea Gibson rose from a childhood of playing stickball on Harlem streets to claim victory at Wimbledon. It is widely recognized that her sacrifices along the way paved the road for the successes of Venus and Serena Williams. But Althea's was a victory hard fought and painfully won.

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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 31st 2005)
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I think 3.5 stars is a better rating--interesting look into Althea's career and lots of background information on the evolution of women's tennis as a whole during the 40's and 50's, before the days when professionals were allowed entry into the Grand Slam events. This was a time when all players paid their own expenses to and during tournaments and very little money was made. Interesting history for tennis aficionados.
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