Angela Buxton, Half of an Outcast Duo in Tennis History, Dies at 85
Katharine Q. Seelye
She was Jewish, and the great Althea Gibson was Black, and in the segregated world of 1950s tennis they forged a remarkable friendship as champion doubles partners.
An earlier example of how a threatened strike changed sports history. Angela Buxton, Half of an Outcast Duo in Tennis History, Dies at 85
“In 1956, the same year they won in Paris and at Wimbledon, Ms. Buxton reached the singles finals at Wimbledon . . . When Ms. Gibson won Wimbledon the following year, Ms. Buxton made the floral dress that Ms. Gibson wore to the winners’ ball.”—
Two nuggets: (1) When she was denied access to training facilities, Mr. Marks, of Marks & Spencer, allowed her to practice on his private court. (2) She made the floral dress that her doubles partner, Althea Gibson, wore to the Wimbledon winners' ball.