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'African-American mother of tennis'

Updated: September 7, 2004, 9:45 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- For more than half her life, Zina Garrison heard the same advice from Althea Gibson: Work on your serve.

Yet not until Gibson's funeral did Garrison truly understand what her friend and mentor meant.

"Not only serving myself, but serving my community," Garrison said.

Garrison joined John McEnroe and others in an on-court tribute to Gibson at the U.S. Open on Tuesday night, honoring the woman they called the "African-American mother of tennis."

The festivities ...

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