Sport: Ladies & Gentlemen . . .

Negroes have played in the National Indoor tennis championships, but they have never been invited to set foot on the outdoor courts of Forest Hills, the sanctum of U.S. tennis. In a blistering guest editorial in the current issue of the American Lawn Tennis magazine, onetime national Women's Champion Alice Marble notified the U.S.L.T.A. committee that it was high time tennis' color line was rubbed out.

The case in point was 22-year-old, South Carolina-born Althea Gibson, three times national Negro champion, who last March became the first Negro to reach the final round of the U.S.L.T.A. indoor championships (TIME, April...

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