NEW YORK – A statue honouring African American tennis trailblazer Althea Gibson was unveiled on the opening day of the US Open on Monday.
The granite monument sits outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Gibson broke several colour barriers in her career.
In 1950, at 23 years old, she was the first African American allowed to compete at the US Nationals, the precursor to the US Open.
In 1956, she became the first black player to win the French Open, and the following year the first to win Wimbledon and the US Nationals.