Since 1923 TIME Magazine covers have chronicled some of the world's most central heroes, tragedies and stories. Just three tennis players have looked out from the red border: Althea Gibson, featured on TIME's August 26, 1957 issue, and Venus and Serena Williams who ran together on September 3, 2001.
Inside the Red Border: A History of Our World, Told through the Pages of TIME Magazine, provides a historic narrative of the people and events featured on the publication's cover. The tennis three are among a sizeable number of world shaking sport icons.
In 1957 and 1958 Althea Gibson was #1 in women's tennis. In 2001, Venus Williams held an end of year rank of #3 and Serena #6. The following year Serena was #1 and Venus #2. You know the history from there. So much for the cover jinx. These women broke a mold.
I'm a little surprised not to see Billie Jean King in the mix given her enormous contribution to tennis and women's athletics in general.
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