Althea Gibson

1927 - 2003

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Althea Neale Gibson (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and one of the first Black athletes to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam event (the French Championships). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals (precursor of the US Open), then won both again in 1958 and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Althea Gibson has received more than 1,598,863 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Althea Gibson is the 68th most popular tennis player (up from 144th in 2019), the 3,092nd most popular biography from United States (up from 6,332nd in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Tennis Player.

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  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.20

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.62

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Althea Gibson has had the most page views in the with 193,422 views, followed by Russian (12,794), and French (10,054). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Russian (518.37%), Belarusian (288.96%), and Basque (166.78%)


Among tennis players, Althea Gibson ranks 68 out of 1,569Before her are Bobby Riggs, Margaret Scriven, Dorothy Shepherd-Barron, Maria Sharapova, Nicola Pietrangeli, and Momčilo Tapavica. After her are Anna Kournikova, R. Norris Williams, Doris Hart, Juan Gisbert Sr., Jacques Brugnon, and Marat Safin.

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Among people born in 1927, Althea Gibson ranks 140Before her are Joe Turkel, Vladimir Ilyushin, Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Gordon Cooper, L. K. Advani, and Chandra Shekhar. After her are Coretta Scott King, Allan Kaprow, Gae Aulenti, William Labov, Roger Walkowiak, and Stanisław Kania. Among people deceased in 2003, Althea Gibson ranks 114Before her are Foday Sankoh, Robert Palmer, Rubén González, Lothar Emmerich, Karl Kling, and Gordon Mitchell. After her are Kerim Kerimov, Paul Janssen, Mario Merz, Fred Rogers, Guido Crepax, and Constantin Dăscălescu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Althea Gibson ranks 3,092 out of 20,380Before her are Craig Venter (1946), Stephen Kovacevich (1940), Mary L. Cleave (1947), Hetty Green (1834), Gordon Mitchell (1923), and Ahmad Jamal (1930). After her are Dita Von Teese (1972), Sam Giancana (1908), Mitch Pileggi (1952), Stephen Stills (1945), Christina Ricci (1980), and Rob Schneider (1963).

Among TENNIS PLAYERS In United States

Among tennis players born in United States, Althea Gibson ranks 15Before her are Pete Sampras (1971), Venus Williams (1980), Don Budge (1915), Pancho Gonzales (1928), Vitas Gerulaitis (1954), and Bobby Riggs (1918). After her are Doris Hart (1925), Maureen Connolly (1934), Vincent Richards (1903), William Larned (1872), Helen Wills (1905), and Beals Wright (1879).