“Althea Gibson’s expertise, power and unrelenting want to realize made her an excellent champion,” stated Patrick Galbraith, USTA president and chairman of the board, in a press release. “She made tennis a greater place, by opening doorways and opening minds, doing so with grace and dignity. She is receiving a recognition she richly deserves.”
The sculpture of Gibson is a bust of the tennis legend rising from a granite block. It was created by sculptor Eric Goulder and weighs greater than 18 tons.
If that wasn’t sufficient to point out her greatness, she additionally gained three straight doubles titles there: 1956, 1957 and 1958.
Together with her doubles titles, Gibson gained 11 grand slams, greater than Arthur Ashe, who has an entire stadium named after him.
She died in 2003, on the age of 76.