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Former Tennis Great Collapses While Giving Speech

January 16, 1992

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Tennis great Althea Gibson was listed in satisfactory condition at a hospital today after collapsing during a dinner speech.

Gibson, 64, was giving an address Tuesday at a Boy Scouts dinner in suburban West Orange when she slumped into a chair, said Frank Hollick, financial director of the Essex County Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Gibson asked University Hospital not to release any information about the cause of her collapse.

Between 1956 and 1959, Gibson won two singles titles and three doubles titles at Wimbledon and two U.S. Nationals championships. She is the only black woman to win a Wimbledon singles championship.

She captured 56 major singles and doubles championships during her 23-year career. She retired from the game in 1960 and pursued a career in golf.

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