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Zina Lynna Garrison
Born: Nov. 16, 1963 Houston, TX USA
Height: 5'4.5" (1.63m)
Weight: 135 lbs (61kg)
Highest Singles Ranking: 4
Career W/L: 588-269
Career Titles: 14 singles, 20 doubles, 3 Grand Slam (all 3 Mixed).

Singles Titles: 1995- Birmingham; 1993- Oklahoma City, Budapest; 1992- Oklahoma City; 1990- Birmingham; 1989- Oakland, Chicago, Newport; 1987- Sydney, San Francisco; 1986- Indianapolis; 1985- Ameila Island, European Indoors; 1984- European Indoors.

Doubles Titles: 1994- Birmingham; 1993- Chicago, Oklahoma City, Zurich; 1991- Lipton; 1990- Washington Dc, San Diego, Filderstadt; 1989- Houston, Pan Pacific; 1988- Tokyo Doubles Chps, Boca Raton, Houston, Amelia Island, Olympics; 1987- Canadian Open, New Orleans; 1986- Canadian Open, Indianapolis.

Mixed Titles: 1990- Wimbledon; 1988- Wimbledon; 1987- Australian Open.

Other: US Olympic Team- 1988, 1992; US Fed Cup Team- 1984-87, 1989-91, 1994; US Wightman Cup Team- 1987-88.
Fed Cup W/L: Singles- 7-4; Doubles- 15-1.

Year End Rankings
1981-U 1982-16 1983-10 1984-9
1985-8 1986-11 1987-9 1988-9
1989-4 1990-10 1991-12 1992-18
1993-14 1994-24 1995-22 1996-255

Career Slam Results

Year Aus RG Wim US
1980 2r
1981 1r
1982 1r QF 4r 4r
1983 SF 1r 2r 4r
1984 1r 4r 2r 3r
1985 QF 2r SF QF
1986 3r 2r 4r
1987 QF 4r
1988 2r 4r QF SF
1989 QF 3r 2r SF
1990 QF 1r F QF
1991 4r 1r QF 4r
1992 4r 4r 4r
1993 3r 1r 4r 3r
1994 1r 1r QF 4r
1995 3r 1r 3r 4r
1996 1r

  • Won Gold Medal in doubles and Bronze in Singles at 1988 Olympics
  • ITF Junior Champion in 1981
  • In college, member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. Other famous sorors include Dr. Mae Jemison, Sharon Pratt Kelly, Hazel O'Leary, Angie Brooks, Faye Wattleton, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Phylicia Rashad, Leah Tutu, Ella Fitzgerald, Coretta Scott King, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Gladys Knight. A list can be found here: Also do a Google search under Zina Garrison sorority
  • Created the Zina Garrison Foundation in 1988 to provide funds and support for the homeless, youth organizations, anti-drug groups, and more.
  • Started the Zina Garrison All-Court Tennis program for inner-city kids in 1992.
  • Received Tennis Education Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • January 6, 1992 was proclaimed Zina Garrison Day in Washington DC.
  • April 12, 1995 was proclaimed Zina Garrison day in her hometown of Houston.
  • Received first ever Player Who Makes a Difference Award from the Family Circle Cup in 1992.
  • Received 1992 Sports Illustrated For Kids Good Sport Award.
  • Named national spokeswoman for the YWCA tennis program in 1990.
  • First African-American in Open era to reach the quarters, and the semis, of a slam.
  • Won singles and doubles titles on all 4 surfaces.
  • Has wins over Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles.
  • Became 12th player to win 500 matches by defeating Jenny Byrne in the 1st round of Oklahoma City, 1993.
  • Holds the record for being seeded 12 consecutive years at the Australian Open. Also has played a record 14 straight Australian Opens.

That's all I can think of at the moment. Anyone have any good Zina stories to share?

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Thanks Brian! I also miss Zina. Even though I love Martina, I wish that Zina had won that Wimbeldon title. Imagine beating Monica, Steffi, and Martina to win Wimbeldon!!!:eek:

I haven't had a chance to read her book, but I think that Zina battled with Bulimia for years.....

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Humorous Zina story:

At the US Open late in her career, Zina was warming up for a match, and her new Reebok shoes fell apart. (Apparently a poor glue job.) And wouldn't you know it, it was one time she didn't have a spare pair. Zina had to sprint ba to the lockerroom in her stocking feet, hoping someone would be there that wore the same size.

Zina burst into the lockerroom and called out "Anyone wear a size (#) Reebok?" But the lockerroom was completely deserted. She thought she was completely out of luck, and would have to either default or play in her socks. Then she heard an affirmative reply from the shower. It was Sandra Cacic, who was showering after her match. (Coincidently, she had just played on the same court Zina's match was on.)

Zina quickly explained the situation, and Sandra dashed from the shower, still dripping wet, to her locker, and gave Zina a pair of her shoes. (Sandra was with Reebok at the time.) Zina put them on (over a clean pair of socks), got back to the court in time, and won her match.

I wonder if they give "assists" in tennis? :)

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Brian Stewart - Thanks for doing this series!

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Not even Kimmie's can beat Zina's. :)

They had a XD exhibition match recently (can't remember what tourn) with Zina, Yannikc Noah, Amelie and someone else. She was still at it then.

Thanks for the series Brian. Great additional story too!

I certainly didn't know about Zina's great doubles success, and her other great works.
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