Zina Garrison began her illustrious career at Houston's MacGregor Park with help from coach John Wilkerson. A tennis professional from 1982-93, Garrison was ranked in the WTA Top 20 for 14 years. In 1989 her ranking climbed to No. 4 in the world after she defeated Chris Evert at the U.S. Open and advanced to the semifinals. Garrison won 14 career singles titles and 20 career doubles titles. In 1990 at Wimbledon she became the first African-American woman since Althea Gibson (1958) to play in a Grand Slam Final. Garrison won two medals at the 1988 Olympics - gold in the doubles with Pam Shriver and a bronze in the singles. She served as head coach for the USA National Team (1999) U.S. Olympic team and the United States FedCup Team from 2004 to present. Among her many charitable activities she was the founder, President and Player Development Coach at the Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy for inner city youth in Houston since 1993. She is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2005.

Zina Garrison

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