John Wilkerson “Mentoring the Whole Child”


John Wilkerson shares the Academy’s focus on supporting the “whole child” approach of mentoring. Houston Clear Channel P.A. Radio Show. Listen to this great show here!

“The Life You Want”


Nancy Lerner (left) and Linda Elliot (right) participated in Oprah’s “The Life You Want” weekend. Extraordinary – inspiring – motivating – and a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Interviews ZGA Director of Tennis Lori McNeil on Her Legendary Take-Down of Steffi Graf in 1994


Read this article from’s on a new series “Days that Shook the Ivy” continues with an interview with Lori McNeil, who gave us a fascinating insight from her home in Georgia of the day she beat defending champion and No.1 seed, Steffi Graf, in the first round of Wimbledon 1994. Wimbeldon Article by Benjamin Chatfield […]

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Zina Garrison Tennis Academy Tennis and Education ProgramsOn and Off the Tennis Court Activities for Kids!

School Year Program Begins September 10, 2014

 Novice/Beginner Zina Garrison Academy has open enrollment for the Novice/Beginner Program. All you have to do is fill out the application form then come to the park when your age group meets. Make sure you wear a cap and athletic shoes. Novice/Beginner tennis instruction is for youth ages 4-18. Attendance is open. Classes meet two times a […]

Four Friends and a Lifetime of Service

By Doug Harris | Photography by Hallie Keller – Houston has welcomed some of the world’s most popular entertainers, athletes and public figures. But for one amazing evening in 2013, a worthy cause, a noteworthy anniversary and a milestone birthday brought together a star-studded group so stellar that celebrity watchers everywhere took notice. The story […]

March 1987 Texas Tennis Magazine Cover


Three’s Company . . . The pride of Houston: Lori McNeil, Zina Garrison and Coach John Wilkerson is on the cover of the Texas Tennis Magazine issued March 1987

Educational Programs


ACE – Academic Creative Engagement The ACE philosophy is designed to support academic achievement, health/wellness and social/emotional skills by guiding children through educational processes that include decision-making, problem solving and working together toward common goals. When combined with a tennis program, it provides important Developmental Assets and reflects the ideals and principles of the Zina […]

Tennis Programs


For tennis schedules, please click the seasons below: School Year September 10, 2014 – May 20, 2015 Summer June 17, 2015 -August 15, 2015

Are you New to ZGA?

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If you’re new to ZGA, here’s what you need to do to participate: Make sure you fill out the application before coming to the park. Check what time your age group meets on the schedule. Come to the park when your age group meets! *Make sure you wear tennis shoes and a baseball cap. You’re […]