Former Fed Cup captain Zina Garrison is suing the U.S. Tennis Association, saying she was discriminated against because she is black.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, Garrison says she was treated unfairly because she was paid a lower salary than Davis Cup coach Patrick McEnroe, wasn’t given a multiyear deal equivalent to McEnroe’s and subjected to higher performance standards than he was.
Garrison’s suit also claims her replacement, Mary Joe Fernandez, was given a higher salary than she was despite little coaching experience at the national level.
Garrison, the first black captain of the U.S. Fed Cup team, replaced Billie Jean King in 2004 and was not brought back after going 5-5 over five seasons, losing in the semifinals four times and the quarterfinals once.
“The USTA takes all allegations of discrimination seriously and takes pride in its numerous diversity initiatives and achievements,” USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. “The USTA elected not to renew Ms. Garrison’s Fed Cup captaincy based on her performance, and strongly denies any allegation of discrimination asserted by Ms. Garrison.
To be continued