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The Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast

Former World #4 Zina Garrison

Season 2, Ep. 11

Zina Garrison has been thru the fire, growing up in Houston, Texas she rose to become the #1 junior player in the world, and in her first pro tournament reched the quarterfinals of Roland Garros. She won 14 tournaments and in 1990 beat Seles and Graf on her way to the Wimbledon final. She and I had a tour de force chat, discussing her bout with depression at the start of the pandemic, her impressions of Aryna Sabalenka, as well as the the majority of African American players on tour; Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Coco Gauff, and of course Venus and Serena Williams.

We discussed Zina's career in length, including her struggles to get an endorsement deal when she was 4 in the world. We discussed her lifelong battle with bulimia, and her experience as Fed Cup Captain.

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Recorded 5/6 Released 5/8

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