Episode

Althea

This is the story of Althea Gibson (1927-2003), a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. She was the first African American to play and win at Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals (precursor of the U.S. Open) — a decade before Arthur Ashe. Interviewees include Wimbledon champion Dick Savitt and Billie Jean King.
Aired: 9/5/2015 | 1:23:10 | Expires: 9/4/2018

Upcoming American Masters Air Dates

  • THIRTEEN Althea Saturday, Sep. 5 1:30pm
  • THIRTEEN Billie Jean King Sunday, Sep. 13 9:00am
  • THIRTEEN Althea Sunday, Sep. 13 10:30am
  • THIRTEEN Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey Friday, Sep. 18 9:00pm