Part 5 of 7. (Is anyone working on the next series yet?)
Chanda Reneé Rubin
February 18, 1976, Lafayette, LA
128 lbs (58kg)
Highest Singles Ranking:
Singles- 5; Doubles- 11; Grand Slam-1 (Doubles).
US Fed Cup Team- 1995-97, 1999; US Pan American Team- 1995; US Olympic Team- 1996.
Fed Cup W/L: Singles- 4/2, Doubles- 1/0
2000- Quebec City; 1999- Hobart; 1997- Linz; 1996- ITF/Saltzburg II- AUT; 1995- ITF/Midland, MI USA.
2000- Stanford, Linz; 1999- Filderstadt; 1996- Australian Open, Oklahoma City, Indian Wells, Amelia Island; 1995- Prague; 1994- Hobart; 1993- Tokyo (Nichirei); 1991- Futures/Mission TX- USA.
Year End Singles Ranking
1990-522 1991-83 1992-83 1993-69
1994-23 1995-15 1996-12 1997-30
1998-34 1999-22 2000-13 2001-53
Grand Slam Finishes
Year Aus RG Wim US
1990 - - - 1r
1991 - - - 2r
1992 1r 1r 1r 4r
1993 1r - 2r 3r
1994 4r 1r 1r 1r
1995 2r QF 3r 4r
1996 SF - - -
1997 4r 2r 1r 1r
1998 1r 4r 3r 2r
1999 4r 2r 1r 1r
2000 2r QF 1r 3r
2001 1r - 1r 3r
- Turned pro at 1991 US Open, and reached final of next tournament
- Played the first match ever on Arthur Ashe Stadium, losing to Tamarine Tanasugarn
- Quarterfinal win over Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario at the 1996 Australian Open, 6-4, 2-6, 16-14, set records for longest women's match at the AO (3h 33m), longest final set (2h 22m), most games (48), and most final set games (30).
- 2nd round win over Patricia Hy-Boulais at 1995 Wimbledon, 7-6, 6-7, 17-15, set women's Wimbledon records for longest final set (2h 4m) and most games in a final set (32). Set women's Grand Slam record for most games in a match (58), and was 4 longest match in open era (3h 45m). In an ironic scheduling quirk, the 2 had to face each other in doubles the next day.
- Fought off 9 match points and a 0-5, 0-40 deficit in the 3rd set to defeat Jana Novotna in the 3rd round of 1995 Roland Garros.
- At 1995 Pan Am Games, won Bronze Medal in singles and Silver Medal in doubles.
- A spokesperson for the WTA's F.I.R.S.T. Serve school program
- 1997 Arthur Ashe Leadership Award for her commitment to community involvement and her work with programs that benefit children
- Named one of 4 "Most Caring Athletes" by USA Weekend magazine in 1997 for her humanitarian efforts in working with disabled and disadvantaged children
- 1996 Louisiana Special Olympics "Outstanding Celebrity" Award for her hard work on behalf of the organization and its goals
- Honored with a recreational sports stamp by the US Postal Service in October 1996
- September 12, 1995 declared Chanda Rubin Day in her hometown of Lafayette, LA
- In June, 1995, became first tennis player to win US Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month Award, and later, the Athlete of the Year
- 1995 WTA Tout Most Improved Player Award
- 1995 Tennis Magazine Most Improved Female Player Award
- 1995 USTA Female Athlete of the Year
- 1995 American Tennis Association Athlete of the Year
- Involved with the following*]Adopt-a-Bed Campaign
- "Love Reading", for children of prison inmates
- Athletes Against Drugs
- American Heart Association
- Wheelchair Tennis
- Children's Museum
- United Negro College Fund
- Women's Sports Foundation (annually appears at their National Women and Girls in Sports Day)
- Special Olympics
- Bishop Charity Fund
- American Tennis Association
- Established the Chanda Rubin Foundation in association with the Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation to promaote tennis and education by providing scholarships
- Supports grassroots tennis
- Provided the funding to support a series of futures events, which otherwise would have been lost, so young American players would have the opportunities to develop and earn points in the US (an opportunity she didn't have). Series was nicknamed "The Smile Belt", and named in her honor.
Whew! Just listing Chanda's charitable efforts can take most of the day.
As you can see, she truly is Arthur's heir apparent. (A fact which has escaped the tennis community.)
Chanda started playing tennis at a young age. She saw her parents playing and wanted to join in the fun. They finally relented and gave her a racquet. To their surprise, she was able to handle their shots.
Chanda won the 1992 Wimbledon junior title playing mostly serve-and-volley tennis. She incorporated that love of netrushing into her allcourt game as a pro. In fact, when she was rebuilding her game during her comeback from a career threatening wrist injury, she decided to work more on her serve/volley game with new coach Bennie Sims. The goal was to not only get back to the top 10, but to be a force when she got there, and have a shot for the big titles. Such efforts usually take a couple of years to reach fruition. Sure enough, right on schedule, she was poised to return to the top 10 in 2000 (got to #11), when she suffered a knee injury.
In recently re-reading some old stories from 1996, it's amazing how the tennis press forget what a prospect she was. Not only was she widely considered a future slam winner (a matter of when
, not if
), but also a contender for the #1 spot. She was just scratching the surface when she reached #6. They sure forgot about her in a hurry. (Sort of like this latest injury. They forget that she was #11 at the time, and act like she was never in the top 30.) Let's hope Chanda can make a comeback, and achieve the success, and respect, she deserves.