Being champion is all well and good, but you can't eat a crown.
In the field of sports you are more or less accepted for what you do rather than what you are.
In sports, you simply aren't considered a real champion until you have defended your title successfully. Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
Most of us who aspire to be tops in our fields don't really consider the amount of work required to stay tops.
No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.
I always wanted to be somebody...If I've made it, it's half because I was game to take a wicked amount of punishment along the way, and half because there were an awful lot of people who cared enough to help me.
The loser is always a part of the problem; the winner is always a part of the answer. The loser always has an excuse; the winner always has a program. The loser says it may be possible, but it's difficult; the winner says it may be difficult, but it's possible.
Winning once can be a fluke; winning twice proves you are the best.
I hope that I have accomplished just one thing: that I have been a credit to tennis and my country.
Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the colored section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.
I don't want to be put on a pedestal. I just want to be reasonably successful and live a normal life with all the conveniences to make it so.
I was nervous and confident at the same, nervous about going out there in front of all those people, with so much at stake, and confident that I was going to go out there and win.
From 143rd Street in Harlem to the center court at Wimbledon is about as far as one can travel.
I think I've already got the main thing I've always wanted, which is to be somebody, to have an identify. I'm Althea Gibson, the tennis champion. I hope it makes me happy.
I don't consciously beat the drums for any cause, not even the negro in the United States.
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