Founders – Zina Garrison Tennis Academy

Founders

Zina Garrison

Former USTA Professional #4, US Olympic Champion

  • Learned the sport of tennis at McGregor Park beside her friend Lori McNeil while being taught be tennis champion John Wilkerson
  • Became the Number 1 ranked junior player in the world
  • Turned professional in 1982 where she reached a career high of Number 4 and became the first African-American woman since Althea Gibson to reach a Grand Slam final in 1990
  • Beat Monica Seles and Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in back-to-back matches before losing the final to Martina Navratilova.
  • Won the mixed doubles with Sherwood Stewart and finished runner-up in the women’s doubles with Lori McNeil at the Australian Open in 1987
  • Captured the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Stewart a year later
  • Earned the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in doubles with Pam Shriver in Seoul and a Bronze Medal in singles
  • Retired in 1996 from professional tennis
  • One of the finest doubles players in the game’s recent history where she captured 20 major championship titles

John Wilkerson

Senior Director of Tennis | Professional Tennis Player and USPTA Certified Tennis Professional

  • Senior Director of Tennis, Professional Tennis Player and USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
  • Born in San Antonio
  • Was a senior in high school before picking up his first tennis racquet
  • John tried out for his high school tennis team and beat everyone on it
  • Won district and state singles and doubles title that same year
  • Enrolled at Prairie View A & M and got a tennis scholarship where he left for the Airborne 8th Brigade
  • After two and a half years in Germany he planned his future making education first and tennis second
  • Graduated from TSU John became the Tennis Director at MacGregor Park and there he found his real passion, teaching young people on and off the court
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