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I loved watching Gigi play doubles.. she was so fluid and used so much of the court.. what a beauty! She played a great match with Jana against Pam and Martina in the Slims final of 91 that was amazing.. such great doubles! Anyone have a copy of that 93 wimbledon final?

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USF tennis coach can't wait to start
Gigi Fernandez, who recently moved to Tampa, wants to make the Bulls' women's team a ''top 10 contender.''
By PETE YOUNG, Times Staff Writer
St. Petersburg Times
published July 11, 2002


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[Times photo: Stefanie Boyar]
Gigi Fernandez, 38, is USF's new women's tennis coach.
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An undergraduate psychology major is South Florida's new women's tennis coach.

Oh, she also has 17 Grand Slam titles.

Gigi Fernandez, one of the all-time great doubles players, surreptitiously enrolled at USF during the spring of 2001. On Wednesday, she not-so-quietly was introduced before a horde of television cameras and other media.

"There's a great team spirit about this university, and there's also a great commitment to athletics," Fernandez said. "I'm really excited to be a part of this team, and I'm looking forward to the thrill of a ride that we're going to have."

Fernandez, 38, a native of Puerto Rico, retired in 1997 and moved to Tampa a few years later for the warm weather and to be closer to her mother. She played one year at Clemson before embarking on a 14-year pro career.

Fernandez was ranked as high as No.17 in singles and reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 1994. But she became a legend in doubles.

She won six French Opens, five U.S. Opens, four Wimbledons and two Australian Opens. Fourteen of her titles, including six in a row from 1992-93, came with Natasha Zvereva.

She also represented the United States at the Olympics, pairing with Mary Joe Fernandez to win gold medals in 1992 and '96. Among her other frequent partners were Martina Navratilova, Jana Novotna and Martina Hingis.

Fernandez succeeds Sherry Bedingfield, who retired after 23 seasons and went 348-258 with 11 conference titles. But USF is 15-30 during the past two seasons.

Fernandez was taking classes when an athletic department intern spotted her in class and asked if she would donate a racket for a USF athletic auction. One thing led to another.

"Since I retired, I've wanted to coach," she said. "I always felt the need to pass it on."

Fernandez believed because she hadn't graduated, she couldn't coach in college. But because she is working toward her degree, USF pursued her.

"My first goal is to build a tennis center at the tennis courts, a place where we can bring top recruits. Anybody got $100,000?" Fernandez said, tongue partly in cheek. "My goal is to turn this team into a top 10 contender. I know it's not going to happen overnight. I think I'm on a five-year plan."

Fernandez is a 1-handicap and considered pursuing a pro golf career. She has been coaching standout doubles player Rennae Stubbs and the Puerto Rican Federation Cup team.

She will take a reduced class load while coaching.

"When I went to (Clemson), I had no idea I was going to be a professional tennis player, but that one year kind of catapulted me," Fernandez said. "I feel like I can do that for players who are wanting to make the transition (to pro tennis) and need maybe two, three, four years to develop their games.

"I love coaching, and I love working with talent and developing it."


http://www.sptimes.com/2002/07/11/Sp...ach_can_.shtml


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Gigi was a cool player

I wish she had defeated Navratilova in the SF of Wimnledon 94
Thank God she didnt. Now Conchita can say she defeated Wimbledon's Queen in the final.

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Do you know if Conchita and Gigi were already an item during Wimbledon'94?. Would that have affected Conchita if they were to meet in the final?
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Just some fun food for thought from Ms Fernandez

CHANGEOVER

4 questions with

Gigi Fernandez

Q: You go out to eat so much on the road. What about eating at home ?

Fernandez: I love to cook. I make good chicken fajitas and turkey lasagna. I've also been collecting wines. In fact, my whole focus on singles at Wimbledom this year was to take whatever money I won and use it to build my own wine cellar. I won two rounds, which means about $ 25,000.00 for my cellar.

Q: What are your favourite foods ?

Fernandez: I love ethnic foods, like Chinese, Thai and especially Indian food. I love chicken tikka and mango chutney. But my favourite food of all time is Puerto Rican chicken with rice and beans.

Q: Is there a cuisine that matches your tennis style ?

Fernandez: My tennis game resembles Thai food: It's spicy and it's different from place to place, depending on the attitude of the preparer -- kind of like my matches.

Q: Can you describe the kind of cuisine personified by some of your peers on the Corel WTA Tour ?

Fernandez: Natasha Zvereva is Indian food -- very spicy: Martina Hingis is Japanese food -- precise and meticulous: Conchita Martinez is like tapas -- lots of appetizers but never gets to the main course: Monica Seles is like lobster -- something you have to swallow just right. And Steffi Graf is pasta -- you know it's always going to be good.

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Any updates on Gigi? She's been seen coaching doubles star Sam Stosur lately.
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Re: What about Gigi?

Thoughts or updates on Gigi?
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Thoughts or updates on Gigi?

I like to see her coach the double's game of the WTA tour. I think she can bring innovations to the game and maybe bring college kids into it especially team tennis.

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Re: What about Gigi?

gigi has a website for her real estate business, checked it not long ago, you can select up to 50 properties to view per page - there are 2 properties on the whole site, not a runaway success then

as to tennis, i watched the doubles final at wimbledon on tv and was appalled, but more importantly bored, by the repetitive patern of play throughout. hardly a point varied from the blueprint of the server staying back and exchanging fairly unremarkable, flat drives with the returner crosscourt until an error or the player at the net got an easy interception.

my favourite tennis when i got into the sport in 92 was when gigi, natasha, jana, larissa, helena, martina, pam (u get the idea) where competing on court in whatever team variation. what dynamic, upredictable points they played and i'd be really curious to know their opinions on the game as its played now. personally, i don't think i'll watch a womens doubles match again
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gigi has a website for her real estate business, checked it not long ago, you can select up to 50 properties to view per page - there are 2 properties on the whole site, not a runaway success then

as to tennis, i watched the doubles final at wimbledon on tv and was appalled, but more importantly bored, by the repetitive patern of play throughout. hardly a point varied from the blueprint of the server staying back and exchanging fairly unremarkable, flat drives with the returner crosscourt until an error or the player at the net got an easy interception.

my favourite tennis when i got into the sport in 92 was when gigi, natasha, jana, larissa, helena, martina, pam (u get the idea) where competing on court in whatever team variation. what dynamic, upredictable points they played and i'd be really curious to know their opinions on the game as its played now. personally, i don't think i'll watch a womens doubles match again

I think college players make good doubles players because of the team and competitive nature of the NCAA's with some woofing and coordination that comes with up.

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Gigi Fernandez

Fernandez remembered for her trademark zeal on the court

Fernandez remembered for her trademark zeal on the court

It's a quick two-hour flight from Gigi Fernandez's current base in Orlando to her homeland of Puerto Rico. Of late, it's a flight she's taken with increasingly frequency.




More than a decade after retiring from professional tennis, Fernandez is devoting the bulk of her time to opening a health and wellness center in Puerto Rico. The 44-year-old Fernandez can't say much about the new venture now, but as was the case with her tennis, she's approaching it with trademark zeal. After leaving Clemson University after one year to play pro tennis in 1983, Fernandez earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2003 and is currently halfway toward an MBA at Rollins College.



"I'm not the smartest person in my class, but I am the most competitive," said Fernandez just prior to starting her daily one-hour bike ride. "Somehow, I turn everything into a competition. Recently we were studying operations management where you play this game online as a team. I had to be the leader. I have to win. I've never found a situation where being competitive is a detriment."



Certainly competition has marked much of Fernandez's life. Over the course of a 15-year playing career, Fernandez earned 17 Grand Slam doubles titles (14 with Natasha Zvereva). In singles, Fernandez reached as high as 17th in the world rankings, including runs to the semis of Wimbledon and quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. She also holds a pair of Olympic gold medals: doubles titles earned in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996 with current ESPN and CBS analyst Mary Joe Fernandez. The two medals are front and center on Gigi's desk, along with a car license plate that reads "DBL GLD." By far the most successful tennis player in the history of Puerto Rico, Fernandez was named Puerto Rico's "Female Athlete of the Century" in 1999.



"Winning that first Olympic gold was the most special moment," said Fernandez. "We're in Barcelona, playing the Spanish team, Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Thousands of fans are screaming. We're up a set and a break and then the King and Queen show up. We lose six games in a row. But we won it."



Much as Fernandez came to relish the cauldron of competition, that wasn't always the case. Through her teens and even into her pro career, she was a moody and undisciplined, prone to erratic habits in diet, training and competition. Very early on the likes of Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver had been struck by her skills. But harnessing such assets as sharp volleys and keen court sense was another matter.



Then came Julie Anthony. A former pro with a doctorate in psychology, Anthony dared wake Fernandez up to what she might accomplish. "I was going to go one way or another and she raised my game and took it to the next level," said Fernandez. "If not for her, I don't know where I'd be."


The pairing with Zvereva rocketed Fernandez even further. The two were an inspired duo, thoroughly nimble at the net, adroit with service returns and often able to raise their playing level at crunch time. Added to this was more than a hint of emotion, propelled to some degree by each player's frustration and fragility in singles. Truly, Fernandez-Zvereva was a case of one plus one equaling three.

These days Fernandez hardly plays tennis, only occasionally joining forces with ex-pro Kathy Rinaldi to conduct clinics and special events for recreational players. But since retiring she has also coached the Puerto Rican Fed Cup team, pro players Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur and the women's team at the University of South Florida. "I don't want to be on the court three hours a day anymore," said Fernandez. "I would play tennis more in Orlando if there was someone to play with. I don't want to play with someone who's playing now, or some hotshot junior who's going to just slap balls around."




Instead, these days Fernandez wakes up at five in the morning and finds herself immersed in schoolwork and her new business venture. Said Fernandez, "I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off." It's a distant cry from the days of life as a pro. Said Fernandez, "I miss waking up in the morning and not having anything to do but sit around all day, watching TV, thinking it was stressful that I had a match to play at night. But then again, I don't miss having to work so hard that I feel like sucking wind. And I really don't miss traveling constantly. I've got eleven nephews and nieces, so I'm catching up for lost time by spending more time with my family."




Joel Drucker is based in Oakland, Calif., and writes for Tennis Magazine and Tennis Channel.


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Thanks for the article and pics!!!

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Really miss seeing her and Nat playing doubles together!!
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Here's an article I found about Gigi:

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Former tennis star gives back to Volusia
By MICHAEL LEWIS
SHORT AND SWEET

The sawdust was thrown in anger, directly at the umpire.
Nearly two decades ago, when Gigi Fernandez was one of the greatest female doubles players in tennis history, she had a "Serena Williams moment."
No, it wasn't after a foot fault, she recalled with a smile. It was a bad line call, and Fernandez decided to illustrate her displeasure by grabbing a handful of sawdust and throwing it at the man in the chair.
Call it Serena Lite.
"It was OK, though. I knew him and I knew he wouldn't be mad," Fernandez said Saturday. "It was just a little bit of my Latin temper coming out."
Fernandez laughed as she recalled the story. She hasn't had much raise her ire lately.
Last January she moved from Lake Mary to Ormond Beach. Then she had twins five months ago, a boy named Karson and a girl, Madison.
And last week Fernandez moved one step closer to tennis immortality: The 44-year-old was named as a finalist for induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame (she won't find out if she'll be inducted until December.)
In a fantastic career, the native of Puerto Rico won 17 Grand Slam doubles championships, including each of the four Slams at least once. She and Natasha Zvereva are second all-time in Slams won among women's duos (14 as a team), behind only Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver's 20 titles.
Saturday, Fernandez started giving back to her new community, holding two instructional clinics for adults and kids at the Florida Tennis Center.
With her easy smile and calm manner, it's easy to see Fernandez becoming a fixture around the Volusia County courts.
"I love it here," Fernandez said during a break between sessions. "So far I've lived in Miami, Orlando and Tampa. If I'm in Florida, I want to be near the water."
THE HALL CALL
Fernandez has been eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for six years, so she wasn't necessarily expecting the news to come this year.
"You try not to get your hopes up, but I definitely was thinking about it for a few weeks," Fernandez said. "What's so great is that (Zvereva) and I were nominated as a team."
Fernandez said she'd be the first Puerto Rican female player in the Hall of Fame.
She was a pretty good singles player in the early 1990s, but once she teamed with Zvereva her career really took off. The two had a remarkable run as a team, winning six consecutive Slams, starting with the 1992 French Open through the 1993 Wim-
bledon. After losing at the 1993 U.S. Open, Fernandez and Zvereva won three more titles in the next year.
At one stretch, they had won nine of 11 Grand Slam doubles trophies.
"It was one of those things that as soon as we got together we started winning," Fernandez said. "We just complemented each other's games so well. You hope to get a partner like that, but it doesn't always happen."
Fernandez is just back from this year's U.S. Open, and of course she had an opinion on Serena's tirade at a lineswoman during Williams' semifinal loss.
"The foot fault rule is the most ridiculous rule in tennis, and I think that was a terrible call on Serena," Fernandez said. "It doesn't give you any advantage at all. Serena reacted very strongly in the heat of the moment, and I understand why she did."
Hopefully, Fernandez won't have to deal with any outbursts with the new venture she and the Florida Tennis Center are trying. They're starting an after-school instructional program for kids, hoping to have classes three times a week beginning as soon as October.
Interested parents should call the Florida Tennis Center to arrange evaluations.
"My life is pretty good right now, and if we can help some kids get better, I think it'd be great," Fernandez said.
No word yet if sawdust-throwing will be part of Fernandez's tutoring.


http://www.news-journalonline.com/Ne...EN01092009.htm

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Thanks for the article it was very interesting indeed. I hope she does go into the Hall of Fame- when you look at her doubles achievements it is extraordinary. She was also a fabulous player to watch!!!!
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