"Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread - TennisForum.com
TennisForum.com   Wagerline.com MensTennisForums.com TennisUniverse.com
TennisForum.com is the premier Women's Tennis forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.Please Register - It's Free!
Reply

Old Mar 10th, 2009, 02:31 PM   #1
Rollo
Moderator - BFTP
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 18,351
Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute
"Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

The quick footed Aussie deserves her own thread. Wendy's website may be found at:
http://www.wendyturnbull.net/

Last edited by Rollo : Jan 28th, 2013 at 05:07 PM.
Rollo is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 

Old Mar 10th, 2009, 02:32 PM   #2
Rollo
Moderator - BFTP
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 18,351
Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

A profile from the Australian Open. This year Turnbull was inducted into the Aussie Tennis Hall of Fame.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/..._turnbull.html

Wendy Turnbull: Australian Tennis Hall of Fame 2009


Nick-named ‘Rabbit’ for her lightning-quick footwork, Wendy Turnbull tore up the world’s tennis courts during a career that spanned 14 years, pausing just long enough to capture 13 singles titles, 55 women’s doubles titles and five mixed doubles titles.

Born on 26 November 1952, Turnbull learned to play tennis at the age of five and, inspired by watching the stars of the pre-professional era play local country tournaments, contested her first junior event aged 10.

In an era when sponsorship was difficult, if not impossible, for female players to come by, Turnbull left school at 15 to work in the Commonwealth Bank, using her earnings to finance her fledgling competitive career.

Turnbull turned professional in 1975 – a golden era for the women’s game – and was a contemporary of Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals. She won her first doubles title in 1975, partnering Evonne Goolagong Cawley in Auckland. And, with slightly more than one professional year on the clock, won her first singles titles in Kitzbuhel and Tokyo.

She reached a Grand Slam singles final for the first time at the US Open in 1977, and again in 1979, conceding the title to Chris Evert on both occasions. Her only other singles final at a major came at Australian Open 1980, where she lost to Hana Mandlikova, also in straight sets.

While Grand Slam doubles finals proved fruitful for Turnbull, a home Grand Slam title eluded her throughout her career, two further near-misses occurring in the finals of the 1983 and 1988 Australian Open doubles events, partnering Anne Hobbs and Chris Evert respectively.

The Brisbane-born star did, however, win four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles during her career. Three of these were clinched with John Lloyd, with whom she had a particularly productive partnership.

Turnbull was runner-up in Grand Slam doubles finals a further 15 times, and it’s noteworthy that of the 11 women’s doubles finals in this number, nine of the losses were to teams that included the dominant Martina Navratilova.

Famed for her twinkle-toed court coverage, Turnbull was also quick-tongued with a reputation for conducting entertaining post-match press conferences. In 1977, tiring of Virginia Wade’s claims that she shouldn’t lose to a player of Turnbull’s calibre, she retorted: “Virginia doesn’t think anybody should beat her – including God.”

With consistency her hallmark, Turnbull held a top 10 ranking for eight consecutive years between 1977 and 1984, and was a Fed Cup team stalwart, holding Australian records for the most ties played (45), most doubles rubber wins (29), most rubber wins in total (46) and most successful doubles partnership, boasting an 11-4 win-loss record with Kerry Reid.

Recognition followed records and in 1984 Queen Elizabeth made her a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. In 1988 Turnbull capped off her career by winning an Olympic bronze medal for women’s doubles in partnership with Liz Smylie. She was particularly amused by this achievement saying, “I'm very good friends with Chris Evert and Chrissie's never won an Olympic medal so sometimes she'll say: 'Rabbit's got something that I haven't got'.”

In 1999 Turnbull retired from professional tennis, her tongue firmly in her cheek when she explained, “I just got sick of looking at these 18 year olds across the net.”

Today a keen golfer, she splits her time between Sandgate in Brisbane and Boca Raton in Florida, playing occasional masters and veterans’ tennis events.

Wendy Turnbull achievements:
• Runner-up in three Grand Slam singles finals:
1997 – US Open (l Chris Evert )
1979 – French Open (l Evert)
1980 - Australian Open (l Hana Mandlikova)
• Won four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles:
1978 - Wimbledon (w/Kerry Melville Reid)
1979 - French Open (w/Betty Stove)
1979 - US Open (w/Stove)
1982 - US Open (w/Rosie Casals)
• Won five Grand Slam mixed doubles titles:
1979 – French Open (w/Bob Hewitt)
1980 - US Open (w/Marty Riessen)
1982 – French Open (w/John Lloyd)
1983 - Wimbledon (w/Lloyd)
1984 – Wimbledon (w/Lloyd)

• Amassed 13 singles titles, 55 doubles titles and five mixed doubles titles.
• Won 478 tour-level singles matches and 653 doubles matches during her 14-year career as a professional player.
• Represented Australia in five Fed Cup finals:
1984 (l Czechoslovakia)
1980 (l USA)
1979 (l USA)
1978 (l USA)
1977 (l USA)
• Captained or coached Australia’s Fed Cup team between 1985 and 1993.
• 1988 Seoul Olympics women’s doubles bronze medallist (w/Liz Smylie).
• Honoured by the City of Brisbane in 1993 with a public park named after her.

Last edited by Rollo : Jan 28th, 2013 at 05:13 PM.
Rollo is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 10th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #3
AndrewTas
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Australia
Posts: 470
AndrewTas has disabled reputation
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

Looking at her records Turnbull started playing in the senior tournaments in 1968 and reached her first singles final in 1970 (South Queensland Champs). I have 8 more tournament wins for her, mainly Australian tournaments.

Turnbull Singles Titles

1971
Northern Rivers Championships (Lismore NSW), City of Brisbane Championships

1972
Wynnum QLd Championships, Norwich GBR, South Coast Championships (Southport QLD), Queensland HC (Recliffe)

1973
Surbiton GBR, Merseyside GBR, South Queensland Championships (Ipswich)

1976
QBE AWTA Championships (Rockdale Sydney), Austrian Open (Kitzbuhel), Japan Open, West Australian Open

1979
Detroit VS, Philadelphia VS

1980
Hong Kong Seiko Classic, NSW Open

1981
Hong Kong Seiko Classic

1982
Queensland National Panasonic (Brisbane), Richmond VA

1983
Boston VS

Runner-ups (24)
AndrewTas is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 12:02 AM   #4
Rollo
Moderator - BFTP
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 18,351
Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute Rollo has a reputation beyond repute
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

Andrew Tas-going from what you're telling us it's also a safe bet Wenders earned more than 500 match wins-yes?
Rollo is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 02:19 AM   #5
Jem
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 2,262
Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future Jem has a brilliant future
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

I thought Turnbull was fun to watch. What a magical run she had at the U.S. Open in 1977 -- seemingly out of nowhere. And then going on to build on that success and fashion a stellar career. The 1977 Open final with Evert was an excellent match. It's too bad she never managed to win a grand slam title -- she probably could have won Australia against Mandlikova, but I don't think she really believed. The same as Tauziat with Novotna in their Wimbledon final. I remember Turnbull endorsing the Volkswagon Rabbit. Pretty cool at the time.
Jem is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 04:14 AM   #6
country flag timhoo
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 2
timhoo is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

I remember being a spectator at the 1973 Merseyside tournament at the Vagabonds Tennis Club. Wendy beat Susan Minford in that final. Her brother, Harry, also played in the tournament, losing in a first round upset to Canadian Guy Tytherleigh. John Clifton ended up taking the men's final, with a win over Mark Farrell. Many thanks for the trip down memory lane...
timhoo is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 01:34 PM   #7
country flag AllezRichie
Junior Member
 
AllezRichie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22
AllezRichie is an unknown quantity at this point
Talking Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

So glad to see Wendy "Rabbit" Turnbell has her own thread for us Trip down memory lane fans

Such a great person for the game here in Australia,

Does anyone recall Rabbit Turnbell win in Sydney over Pam Shriver 1980 NSW Open, think Rabbit saved around 8 match points against Shriver,

Wendy was working with channel 7 as a commentator when she retired but this was short lived, such a shame!

With the new Tennis Complex opening in Brisbane this year, IMHO..... I think TA or whoever was involved in making the decision on the naming of the stadium court made such a mistake of not naming the stadium in Wendy's Honour, the likes of Wendy were the reason the likes of Rafter took to playing tennis in the first place, & her career record stacks up pretty impressive against Rafter's
AllezRichie is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #8
country flag Philbo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: sydney
Posts: 6,194
Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

I love Wendy. A true 'lil aussie battler'.

Two years ago, me and a couple of friends were at Wimbledon and we came across a back court where good old Rab's was playing Champions Ladies Doubles with Helena Sukova. I can confirm that these days, Wendy is very near as wide as she is tall. She was never that tall lol.

She looked like a tank. So me and my mates all sat courside and started cheering our asses off for wendy. One of my friends is fairly camp but he is from sydney's western suburbs.. I still crack up when I think about my friend crying out 'CAAARRN WENDY' time and time again - 'CAAARRN' - 'Come on Wendy' with a thick aussie drawl.

Wendy loved our support and gave us about 3 smiles when we were being a bit overzealous in our appreciation.
__________________
Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated 27/8/01
Philbo is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 06:16 PM   #9
country flag Philbo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: sydney
Posts: 6,194
Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute Philbo has a reputation beyond repute
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

The only memory I have of Wendy from her days on tour is actually the speech she gave after her last tour match. I believe Gretchen Majors in her last everbeat her 2 and 2 or something in her last ever match. Funny the things u remember.
__________________
Of even more significance, there's this little gap in Graf's resume the size of the hole in the ozone layer: It's called Monica Seles. Was Graf the best female player of all time? She wasn't even the best in the heart of her career.
- Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated 27/8/01

Last edited by Philbo : Mar 12th, 2009 at 12:38 AM.
Philbo is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 08:34 PM   #10
country flag AllezRichie
Junior Member
 
AllezRichie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22
AllezRichie is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

Wendy sure was a lil aussie battler,

Never was the type of player who was going to wipe you of the court, a late starter to the tour, not bad for a Bank Teller from Brisbane

Wendy will go down as getting the most out of her ability & such a joy to watch over the years

One of her great things that kept her in the game was her speed & anticipation at the net,

Wonder how her Doubles game is going these days
AllezRichie is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 11th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #11
country flag AllezRichie
Junior Member
 
AllezRichie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22
AllezRichie is an unknown quantity at this point
Talking Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

It's funny how fortunes have changed in Tennis over the years

Back in those days the Aussies had Evonne Cawley, Dianne Balastrat, Wendy Turnbell & Kerry Reid all in the top ten, even the english were in the top ten with Sue Barker & Virginia Wade with Betty Stove also in the top ten around this era

The young brigade from the US came to town & took over

Those were the days my friend & we thought they would never end
AllezRichie is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 13th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #12
country flag AdeyC
TT BOARD MEMBER
 
AdeyC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Brighton
Posts: 15,262
AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute AdeyC has a reputation beyond repute
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

She was always one of my favourites, saw her many times at Eastbourne
AdeyC is online now View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21st, 2010, 07:00 AM   #13
country flag AllezRichie
Junior Member
 
AllezRichie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22
AllezRichie is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

Does any aussie's on the WTF know why channel 7 dumped Rabbit from it's Aust Open team many years ago???
& does anyone from around the globe know if Rabbit is involved in tennis these days in the media???

I get so annoyed that channel 7 brings Tracy Austin out year after year, time for some new faces I think.....

What about the Aussie's.... Evonne, Wendy, Di, Kerry , But if we have to have O/S ones.... Approach Chrissie! or Natasha Zvreva(Now I reckon she would be a laugh like Henri Leconte

Just my little take on it all

Cheers

Bren
AllezRichie is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21st, 2010, 07:20 AM   #14
tennisvideos
Love the Legends of Tennis
 
tennisvideos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 4,431
tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute tennisvideos has a reputation beyond repute
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by AllezRichie View Post
Does any aussie's on the WTF know why channel 7 dumped Rabbit from it's Aust Open team many years ago???
& does anyone from around the globe know if Rabbit is involved in tennis these days in the media???

I get so annoyed that channel 7 brings Tracy Austin out year after year, time for some new faces I think.....

What about the Aussie's.... Evonne, Wendy, Di, Kerry , But if we have to have O/S ones.... Approach Chrissie! or Natasha Zvreva(Now I reckon she would be a laugh like Henri Leconte

Just my little take on it all

Cheers

Bren
Not sure why they dropped her but I really liked Rabbit. She made a good commentator as well.

I met her once at Wimbledon in the players lounge and she was so chatty and friendly. Turns out she is also a collector or tennis memorabilia so we really hit it off and had a great chat about our collections.

I loved watching her play, esp doubles. She wasn't the most stylish in terms of stroke production but she was so gutsy and fast around the court.

Yes, the good old days of Aussie womens tennis. We had it good from 1960 until about 1980 ... Court, Turner, Lehane, Tegart, Melville, Ebbern, Krantzcke, Goolagong, Hunt, Fromholtz, Turnbull et all ...
__________________
Fave recent players: .. Seles .. Hingis .. Serena .. Venus .. Federer .. Roddick .. Hewitt .. Haas .. Rafter .. Safin .. Radwanska ..
60s/70s: Evonne Goolagong .. Francoise Durr .. Chris Evert .. Margaret Court .. Nancy Richey .. Maria Bueno .. Billie-Jean King .. Lesley Turner .. Virginia Wade .. Ken Rosewall .. Rod Laver .. Bjorn Borg ..
Entertainers: .. Diana Ross .. Dionne Warwick .. Shirley Bassey .. Randy Crawford .. Burt Bacharach .. ABBA .. Woody Allen .. Maggie Smith .. Gena Rowlands .. Judy Davis .. Heath Ledger .. Little Britain ..
Inspiration: .. Jeshua Ben Josepth .. Conversations with God .. Abraham with Esther & Jerry Hicks .. P'taah ..
tennisvideos is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Old Jul 21st, 2010, 08:05 AM   #15
country flag AllezRichie
Junior Member
 
AllezRichie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 22
AllezRichie is an unknown quantity at this point
Re: "Rabitt"-The Wendy Turnbull Thread

Hey thanks for the reply.....
I thought Wendy was a pretty damn good commentator but she went off into the sunset!!!

Saw her play @Kooyong, & Melb Park..... won't forget her playing doubles with Rosie@Kooyong & Rosie's Bright Bright Red Dress.....

Fantastic Doubles Player & underated singles...... They say about Lleyton Hewitt, they have him go to war as he never gave up, The same about Rabbit, she wasn't ever going to be a week in week out challenger to Chrissie & Martina but god she fought & fought her butt off & you knew she would be trying every trick in her book!!
AllezRichie is offline View My Blog!   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Copyright (C) Verticalscope Inc
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBCredits v1.4 Copyright ©2007, PixelFX Studios