Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tennis outfits for your doll and Today in History Althea Gibson's contrubition to Women's Sport

On this day in 1950 Althea Gibson became the first African American woman to compete in international tennis.

 Today I wanted to share some great tennis outfits that you can make for your doll and share abit of Tennis history with all of you....

In 1957 Althea became the first African American woman to win Wimbledon. She won again in 1958. 

 In 1971, Althea Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

In 1975, she was appointed the New Jersey state commissioner of athletics. In addition to her Successful Tennis career she was also e the first African American woman to join the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, in 1964  Her best finish on the tour was a tie for second after a three-way playoff at the 1970 Len Immke Buick Open. Gibson retired from professional golf at the end of the 1978 season.

 For those of you who knit I love this pattern offered on the Liberty Jane Website offered at $3.99
Edan Ava offers this fun 1970's inspired Tennis Dress pattern also on the Liberty Jane Website at $3.99

Over on Etsy you can find some wonderful tennis inspired outfits for your dolls like this one from My Girl Clothing this set offered at $18 can be viewed by clicking here
over at You Beautiful Doll you can purchase this fun Tennis set offered at $18.50. Click here for shop listing.
American Girl Also offers this stunning Grey and Yellow tennis outfit for your dolls for $34. Click here for American Girl's Listing.
I love the visor that Springfield Doll Collection offers you can pick it up on line or in craft stores under $5 a great doll play gem! Click here for on line store listing
Don't forget Springfield Doll's fun tennis shoes! Also a great find online or in store and these make great stocking stuffers! Click here for shop listing.

If you have a Journey Girl check out their Tennis outfit priced under $20 on line. Click here for shop listing. As Journey Girls are differently shaped this outfit many not fit your other 18 inch dolls but it is sure cute!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and that you feel inspired by the Althea Gibson's contributions to Womens Tennis and Women in sport.

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