One of the greatest doubles players in tennis history, Gigi Fernandez was born in 1964 in Puerto Rico. Graduating from high school, she was awarded a tennis scholarship to Clemson University in 1984. After losing to a more experienced Beth Hurr in the NCAA singles championship during her freshman year, Fernandez decided to go pro. Evolving into a top-rated doubles player, Fernandez captured six Grand Slam women’s double titles, reached No. 1 in the world in doubles tennis and, with teammate Mary Joe Fernandez, brought home the gold for the U.S. at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. With that Olympic victory, Fernandez became the first Puerto Rican to win a gold medal.
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Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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