Began playing tennis at age 10...Coached by Angel Lopez...Married Willard Jackson September 21, 1989 (became engaged day before departure to 1989 Australian Open)...Both parents are deceased; youngest of seven children...Middle name is Lynna...Likes jogging and softball; played in high school (pitcher and shortstop)...Likes artwork, especially making her own painted T-shirts...Often makes appearances at schools to give motivational talks to youngsters; in 1988, founded the Zina Garrison Foundation to provide funds and support for the homeless, youth organizations, anti-drug groups and other charitable groups; started Zina Garrison All-Court Tennis program in summer of 1992 to give inner-city children the opportunity to build self-esteem and learn about themselves through tennis; after she retires, wants to open a homeless shelter and start junior tennis programs around Texas...Received a dog, Gizmo, on her birthday at the 1995 WTA Tour Championships.
• At 2001 Indian Wells, was presented with a Mentor Award by the Sanex WTA Tour in recognition of her contribution to the Partners for Success program and to the sport of tennis at large• Received the 1998 USTA Service Bowl Award, presented annually to the player who makes the most notable contribution of sportsmanship, fellowship and service to tennis; the award was first given to Hazel Wightman in 1940; other past winners Pam Shriver, WTA TOUR pioneer Billie Jean King and tennis legend Maureen Connolly• April 12, 1995 was proclaimed Zina Garrison Jackson Day in her hometown of Houston, Texas, USA• Named a 1993 recipient of Tennis Educational Merit Award by board of directors of International Tennis Hall of Fame• Received first-ever Family Circle Magazine Player Who Makes a Difference Award in 1992, with Family Circle and Hormel each donating $10,000 to charities of her choice• Received 1992 Sports Illustrated For Kids Good Sport Award• Named national spokeswoman for the YWCA tennis program in summer of 1990• Captured Gold Medal in doubles (w/Pam Shriver) and Bronze Medal in singles at Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, October 1988• January 6, 1982 was declared Zina Garrison Day in Washington, DC• Earned ITF Junior of the Year Award in 1981 (won both Wimbledon and US Open junior titles, the first player to do so since Natasha Chmyreva of the Soviet Union in 1975)
SINGLESWinner (14): 1995 - Birmingham; 1993 - Oklahoma City, Budapest; 1992 - Oklahoma City; 1990 - Birmingham; 1989 - Oakland, Chicago, Newport; 1987 - Sydney, San Francisco; 1986 - Indianapolis; 1985 - Amelia Island, European Indoors; 1984 - European Indoors.DOUBLESWinner (20): 1994 - Birmingham (w/Neiland); 1993 - Chicago (w/K. Adams), Oklahoma City (w/Fendick), Zurich (w/Navratilova); 1991 - Miami (w/MJ Fernandez); 1990 - Washington, DC (w/Navratilova), San Diego (w/Fendick), Filderstadt (w/MJ Fernandez); 1989 - Houston (w/K. Adams), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/K. Adams), Eastbourne (w/K. Adams); 1988 - Tokyo Doubles Championships (w/K. Adams), Boca Raton (w/K. Adams), Houston (w/K. Adams), Amelia Island (w/Pfaff), Olympics (w/Shriver); 1987 - Canadian Open (w/McNeil), New Orleans (w/McNeil); 1986 - Canadian Open (w/Sabatini), Indianapolis (w/McNeil).MIXED DOUBLESWinner (3): 1990 - Wimbledon (w/Leach); 1988 - Wimbledon (w/Stewart); 1987 - Australian Open (w/Stewart).ADDITIONALUnited States Fed Cup Team 1984-87, 1989-91, 1994. United States Wightman Cup Team 1987-88. United States Olympic Team 1988, 1992.
• Considered ret. at end of 1995 season but decided against it with advice from Billie Jean King; played a limited WTA Tour schedule in 1996; participated on the Virginia Slims Legends Tour; retired in 1997• Won 14th career singles title at 1995 Birmingham; d. McNeil in final• Upset world No. 9 Davenport in 2r of 1995 US Open and went on to reach 4r before l. to No. 4 seed C. Martinez 76 75• Unseeded, reached SF at 1995 Philadelphia; upset No. 3 seed Pierce in 2r, Pierce's opening match (had 1r bye)• Won 500th match, only 12th woman to reach that mark, with 1r win against Jenny Byrne at 1993 Oklahoma City; went on to win title in both singles and doubles, her first singles-doubles sweep since 1986• Qualified for and competed in season-ending singles championships 12 consecutive times from 1983-1993 (includes two in 1986); has also qualified five times in doubles• Earned $15,609 playing for 1995 WORLD TEAMTENNIS runner-up Atlanta Thunder; earned $22,798 as member of 1994 Newport Beach Dukes; teamed with Larisa Neiland, finished season in first place for women s doubles; earned $7,017 in 1993 season• At 1990 Wimbledon, defeated Seles 36 63 97 and Graf 63 36 64 back-to-back to reach final; l. to Navratilova 64 61; became first black female to reach final of a Grand Slam event since Althea Gibson won Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958; signed three major endorsements after appearance, with Reebok (clothes and shoes), Yonex racquets and Bike Athletic Company (compression performance shorts)• D. Evert 76(1) 62 in 1989 US Open QF in what was Evert's last career match on the tour• Won European Indoors title in Zurich in Nov. 1984, becoming the first black woman to win a major event since Les. Allen won Detroit in February 1981; defended title in 1985 by d. Mandlikova• Has other career wins over C. Martinez and MJ Fernandez• Learned tennis in John Wilkerson's public parks program in Houston, Texas, USA; first drew attention in 1978 by reaching final of US National 14s (d. Pam Casale and Susan Mascarin) and last 16 of US 14s Clay Courts• Made first appearance on rankings in 1982 at No. 29• Was first black female to be ranked No. 1 in Texas region
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