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Re: Biographies of Female Tennis Players

YOUNG, JANET (Janet Anne Young)
Born 22 November 1951 in Melbourne, Australia
Married Struan Newton Langford, 28 February 1982
[Active 1968-1978]

Part of Australia's winning Fed Cup teams in 1973 and 1974-with a 6-0 record in doubles.
6 time grand slam doubles semifinalis: Australia (1973-1974, 1977); Wimbledon (1973-1974) and the US Open (1973).


South Australia and Queensland (both in 1973)

"Coached by Keith Rodgers. An especially gifted doubles player who was a member of the 1973 and 1974 wining Fed Cup teams." (Wot)

Her partnership with Evonne Goolagong in doubles was especially fruitful. Together they made the semifinals in 3 majors-Australia, Wimbledon, and the US Opens.

Singles was equally eventful in 1973. Janet gave Chris Evert a major scare in the 4th round at Wimbledon, barely losing the 3rd set 8-6. Young saw a 4-0 final set lead dissipate. At 4-1 40-15 she was 5 points from the victory of her life. Evert effectively lobbed her down the stretch.

Later that year Janet won events at home in Australia by capturing the South Australian and Queensland and titles on grass. During the year Janet was dating Larry King, the husband of Billie Jean King. The relationship was open enough to get mentioned in the book A Long Way Baby and a Sports Illustrated article from 1975, which stated, "For a while Larry made no bones, even in front of his wife, about going around with another player, the Australian Janet Young."

Young's contribution to the 1974 winning Fed Cup team was crucial. Tied 1 match all with the United States, Goolagong and Young teamed to beat Julie Heldman and Sharon Walsh 7-5 8-6.

Entered Wimbledon 5 times-in singles from 1969 and 1973-1975. 3 years later in 1978 Janet entered the doubles qualifying, but failed to make the main draw.

She became Dr Janet Langford, having married and earned a degree in sports psychology. As of 2017 she is the director of the Evonne Goolagong Foundation. She is also a professor and Victoria University.

She has reverted to going by Dr. Janet Young since at least 2012. A member of the Tennis Australia board from 2008 to 2016, Yuong is suing the former head of Tennis Australia as of the spring of 2017 for defamation.

1974 Fed Cup team; Janet Young (on left), Dianne Fromholtz, and Evonne Goolagong


Lichtenstein, Grace. A Long Way Baby: Behind the Scenes in Women's Pro Tennis, 1974. [pages 131-133]

1975 World of Tennis. Page 287.

[Thanks to Rollo for this information]

Last edited by Rollo; Sep 18th, 2017 at 01:41 AM.
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