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Oscar Johnson

tennis player

Nickname: Jackie Robinson of Tennis
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Bio In 1948, he became the first Afro-American tennis player to win an integrated national championship, capturing the National Public Parks junior championship at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
In 1953, he joined Gerald Alleyne as the fourth and fifth African-Americans - male or female - to play in the U.S. National Championships. Oscar played mixed doubles in the U.S. National Championships in 1953 with Althea Gibson reaching the Round 16.
He led his high school, Thomas Jefferson, to the Southern League title.
His coach was ex-USC football star Brice Taylor, who assembled a tennis team of athletes who never played before.
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