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New Jersey Tennis Stars
June 2003

Althea Gibson of East Orange was a tennis sensation in the 1950s whose triumph on the clay courts of the French Tennis Championships of 1956 made her the first black woman ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. The following year she earned the number one ranking in women's tennis and went on to win singles titles at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships, a feat she repeated in 1958. Gibson retired from tennis after the 1958 season and later chose golf as a second career, playing on the LPGA tour from 1964-71. She was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey in 1994.

Bessie Holmes Moore of Ridgewood took the tennis world by storm as a 16-year-old in 1892, winning the national lawn tennis competition in Philadelphia. Known as the "little girl from New Jersey," she went on to win the national women's lawn tennis singles title four more times in 1896, 1901, 1903, and 1905.
Nicole Arendt of Somerville turned pro in 1991 and is currently ranked 26 in the world in women's doubles. The Hun School of Princeton graduate holds 16 career Women's Tennis Association (WTA) doubles titles and won the tour sportsmanship award in 1993. In 1997 Arendt reached a career-high singles ranking of 49 and a career-high doubles ranking of three in the world. Before playing professionally, she was a four-time All American (singles and doubles) at the University of Florida, where she won the 1991 NCAA Championships in women's doubles. She finished school with an incredible 145 singles wins and was inducted into the university's hall of fame in 2001.
Justin Gimelstob of Livingston turned pro in 1996 and is currently ranked 88 in the world in men's singles. In 1998 he won two Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. He had his best year in doubles in 1999, winning five titles with four different players and attaining the doubles ranking of 55 in the world. As a freshman at UCLA, Gimelstob helped his team to the 1996 NCAA final where he won the doubles title. For the past four years he has paired with Saint Barnabas Medical Center to present the 2002 Tennis Challenge in Chatham. The annual event benefits the Child Life Program and consists of clinics for beginner players and exhibition matches between tennis pros.

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