GALLERY OF CHAMPIONS #3




Desmond (Desi) Margetson

Desmond (Desi) Margetson was born in New York City on May 3, 1926.

He was captain and the #1 player for New York University (NYU) where he graduated with a degree in engineering.

He competed in the US National Indoor Championships 4 times and reach the round of 16 four times.

He was commissioned by the U.S. Army to develop an indoor structure to house military vehicles and protect them from wind and sand storms in the Middle East. Desi imagined and designed the first indoor air structure and later retrofitted this concept to house the tennis court.

He was recognized as the “Father of Indoor Tennis”  in 1957 for his design of the “Bubble” for tennis.

Desi died on May 28, 2008.



Edgar Lee

Edgar Lee was the holder of 23 ATA National titles.

He was ATA Men’s 45 Singles champion in 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964 and 1965.

He was Men’s 45 Doubles Champion 1957, 1958, 1960-65, 1967-68, 1973-74 and 1976.

He also won the Men’s 55 Singles title in 1972.



Althea Gibson

Althea Gibson was born in Silver, South Carolina on August 25, 1927.

Althea won the ATA Women’s singles title from 1947-1956.

She won the National Mixed Doubles title (partnered with her coach and mentor Dr. Robert (Whirlwind)Johnson in 1948-1950, 1952-1955.

Althea won the French Open Singles and Doubles titles (partnered with Angela Buxton) in 1956.

She won the U.S. National Championships and Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958.

She was an author of the autobiography “I Always Wanted To Be Somebody” and became the first Black to be voted “Female Athlete of the Year” by the Associated Press in 1957.

Althea retired from tennis and became a professional golfer, singer and actress, appearing with John Wayne and William Holden.

Althea died on September 28, 2003 at the age of 76.



Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.

Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, VA. on July 10, 1943.

He won the ATA National Boy’s 12 singles title in 1955; the Boy’s 16 singles title in 1957-58; the National Boy’s 16 Doubles titles in 1956 and 1958 and the National Boy’s 18 Singles in 1960.

Arthur won the ATA National Men’s Singles title in 1960-1962 and the ATA National Men’s Doubles in 1961.

He then went on to win the NCAA Singles Championship in 1965.

Arthur won the first U.S. Open in in 1968, the Australian Open in 1969 and Wimbledon in 1975.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

He was a prolific author, a avid humanitarian and an inspirational leader of men.

Arthur died on February 6, 1993 at the age of 49.



Bonnie Logan

Bonnie Logan was born on June 26, 1949, was the winner of 12 ATA National titles.

She won 7 ATA National Women’s Singles Titles

Bonnie played tennis for and graduated from Morgan State
University.

She lettered in 5 sports while in college, field hockey, volleyball, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.

She was the winner of 1 ATA National Women’s Doubles Title.

And also the winner of 4 ATA National Mixed Doubles Titles.

Bonnie was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.

She was the first African American woman to play on the Virginia Slims Circuit.



Ann Koger

Ann Koger, a native of Baltimore, MD won the following ATA titles: 
- A.T.A. National Girls Under 12 Champion 1961.
- A.T.A. National Women’s Doubles Champion – 1968.
- A.T.A. National Mixed Doubles Champion – 1973 1974.

Player for Virginia Slims, New York Team – 73-77.

Middle States Junior Federation Cup Coach – 2001-2004; Middle States Zonal Coach; Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Haverford College – 1997 – Present Inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame and the Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.



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