Vicki Berner was born (1945) and raised in Britsih Columbia, Canada. At the age of 14 she took her first tour of the rest of Canada and the eastern US.
She played the tour in the 1960s, representing Canada in Federation Cup for much of the decade and entering Wimbledon 6 times in all. She also won a gold medal in the Jewish Maccabiah Games.
Vivk and Faye Urban are the last female Canadians to win their nations title. Faye beat Vicki to win the Canadian Open Championships that year, and together they won the doubles.
She became a pro in 1971, but as her pro career wound down she transitioned into a tour representative. By the mid 70s was a sort of den mother/tour director for the emerging women's pro tour. This started in 1974 as the director for the Slims Sattellite mini-Tour. Nicknamed "Bird Legs", she was fondly remembered by Chris Evert in her autobiography for her participation in the "Ladies of the Evening event in 1975.
By 1977 she was the USTA Women's tour director. She was part of a suit that year that the USTA fought with Renee Richards to try and prevent Richards from entering the US events. Affadavits from Berner and players Kristien Shaw, Francoise Durr, and Janet Newberry were submitted on behalf of the USTA. Ricahds won the case and was able to enter women's tour events in America.
In 1978 and 1979 she was the US Fed Cup captain.
Note the spelling of her name. She is without doubt a Vicki, and not Vicky.
Last edited by Rollo : Sep 11th, 2012 at 12:37 AM.