Dec 2015 — Can we just talk about how freaking beautiful this cover photo is. I don’t know if it is because my background is in publishing but they did this RIGHT. Serena SLAYS. (mic drop) Also she is making history! First time an individual female has been chosen as Sportsperson of the Year since 1983…and this is a KILLER COVER, love it. 😎💪👠💁#herstory
Fun Facts: (find complete timeline here)
1884- Women’s singles tennis competitions were added to the Wimbledon. 1887- Ellen Hansell was crowned the first Women’s singles tennis champion at the U.S. Open. 1900- May Sutton was America’s first women tennis player to be known internationally. At the age of thirteen she won the Pacific Southwest Championship. 1917- Lucy Diggs Slowe won the singles title at the first American Tennis Association national tournament. She then was the first female African-American national champion in sports 1924- American Helen Wills brought home gold in singles and doubles tennis at the Paris Olympic Games. 1929- Ora Washington, an African-American woman, won her first American Tennis Association's singles title, a title she held for seven years. She held onto that record until Althea Gibson broke it with nine titles. 1931- Lili de Alvarez shocked social propriety by playing at Wimbledon in shorts instead of the long, hampering dress that was the accepted tennis attire on June 24th. 1936- Alice Marble, won the first of twelve U.S. Open championships. Her aggressive serve-and-volley style, which is unusual for a woman was the style that set new standards for tennis. 1947- Althea Gibson won the first of ten consecutive American Tennis Association national championships. 1950- Althea Gibson became the first African-American to play in a major United States Lawn Tennis Association event. 1951- Althea Gibson was the first black player ever to compete at Wimbledon. 1953- At the age of sixteen, Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly became the first woman to score a Grand Slam - winning all four major world (US Open, Wimbledon, French & Australian Opens) tennis matches in a single season. 1956- Althea Gibson was the first African American to win a Grand Slam singles title when she won the French championships. The next year, she made more history by winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals, the first African American to win ever. 1957- With her first Wimbledon title and first U.S. Championship, Althea Gibson was the top-ranked female tennis player in the world. 1966- Billie Jean King won her first Wimbledon single title, repeating again in 1967 and 1968. 1971- Althea Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 1973- U.S. Tennis Association announced that men and women would now receive equal prize money and pay at the U.S. Open for the first time in history. 1973- Billie Jean King won the "battle-of-the-sexes" tennis match against Bobby Riggs in Houston while in front of more than 30,000 people and also a TV audience of more than 50 million. It confirmed women's rights to sports and inspired hundred of thousands of women to demand equal rights, equal pay, and equal treatment. She was then named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for tennis. 1979- Billie Jean King won her 20th Wimbledon title. 1984- Billie Jean King made history again. She was the first woman to be head of a professional athletic league. 1988- Tennis reappeared at the Olympic Games for the first time since the 1928 Games, Steffi Graf wins the gold medal at Seoul. 1989- Arantxa Sanchez at the age of seventeen, became the youngest French Open Champion and the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam. 1989- Chris Evert was the first tennis player ever to reach 1,000 wins. 1989- By the end of the decade, the number of women who play tennis had risen from four to eleven million. 1990- Jennifer Capriati at the age of fourteen she was the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist during the French Open. 1990- Jennifer Capriati, was the youngest winner of a match in Wimbledon history. 1990- Martina Navratilova was the first woman in history to win Wimbledon 9 times. 1994- Martina Navratilova retired. She set records for most singles titles-167, most matches’ won-1438 and most Wimbledon titles-nine. 1995- Chris Evret was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 1996- Martina Hingis was the youngest champion in Wimbledon history at fifteen years old. She was also named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for tennis. 1998- Tennis star Venus Williams recorded a 127 mph serve, the fastest ever in women's tennis. 1999- Serena and Venus Williams was the first sisters to win singles titles on the same day.
I stopped the timeline at the beginning of the William Sister’s reign because I believe that to be a new era of tennis and deserves its own whole section