Zina Lynna Garrison-Jackson

Tennis star Zina Lynna Garrison-Jackson (1963–    ), born in Houston, Texas, kept heads turning when she stepped onto the court. At the 1988 Seoul games, she won two Olympic medals: a bronze for singles and a gold for doubles (with Pam Shriver), bringing the U.S. Olympic tennis team its first gold medal in sixty-four years. In professional tennis, she won seven U.S. Tennis association junior titles—more than any other black player at that time. After leaving professional tennis, she founded the Zina Garrison Foundation for the Homeless (1988), established the Zina Garrison All-Court Tennis Program (1992) to support inner-city tennis in Houston, captained the U.S. Federation Cup team (early 2000s), and coached the U.S. women's team (2008 Olympics). She was a member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports during the Bill Clinton administration. As a sports commentator for TNT, she covered Wimbledon in 2001. She wrote her biography, Zina: My Life in Women's Tennis (with Doug Smith). 

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