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TENNEY, LAURIE
United States
Born 04 November 1955, in Scarsdale, New York.
Married Thomas J. Fehrs (b. 1954) in 1978 in Manhattan, New York City, New York.
[Active 1970-1977]

Younger sister Robin Tenney also a tennis player.

Living in the Los Angeles area of California as a youth, Laurie had the benefit of coaching from Louise Brough, Elwood Cooke, and Pancho Segura.

Aged 14, in 1970 Laurie was the youngest competitor at the 1970 US Open. She was 2 months shy of 15.

1974 QF at Houston-a top tier event on the Virginia Slims tour. Later that spring she reached the quarters in doubles at the French Open with Gail Chanfreau and the last 16 in singles.

Played in 10 Grand Slam singles from US 1970 to US 1976 winning 3 matches.

As at November 2015, had been head pro/director of tennis at the Eastern Athletic Club in Melville Long Island since 1992.

Sources:

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=20003834
https://www.facebook.com/TennisinNewYork/photos/a.437110502993504.88864.233834993321057/960626137308602/?type=1&theater
ancestry.com

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1975 World of Tennis, page 284.

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TENNEY, ROBIN
United States
Born 13 April 1958, in Scarsdale New York.
Married Bob Archibald.
[Active 1973-1977]

Younger sister of tennis player Laurie Tenney.

Family moved to California in 1969 and educated Rexford School Beverley Hills. A lefty, she comes across as very ambitious in a feature from the 1974.

"I never think," she says, "about being second in anything. I'll work and slave until I reach the top and then I'll do whatever I have to do to stay there. "The truth is that I thrive on competition and pressure and crowds. I want to earn more money in tennis than anyone. And I want to win all the titles that can be won
Turned pro. September 1973.

Appeared in 8 Grand Slam singles between US Open 1973 and US Open 1976 winning 2 matches.

With husband founded the Robin and Bob Archibald Food and Wine Enthusiast Monthly Newsletter.



Sources:

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=20003835

http://archivesdutennisfeminin.over-blog.com/article-karen-hantze-et-carol-caldwell-96531974.html

DOB World of Tennis 1976.
Google.
15th March 2016, Southern California Tennis News.

Peterson, Charles. "Youngest Pro on the Circuit", Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, 12 May 1974, page 164.
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PORWIK, CLAUDIA
Germany
Born 14 November 1968 in Coburg
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Played: Righthanded w/one-handed backhand
[Active 1985-1997]

1990 Australian Open semifinals was her career highlight. Something in the air Down Under or the Rebound Ace surface agreed with the German, for she also got to the Quarters there in 1988. These were her lone quality results in majors.

Started tennis at age 7.

1985 won Mexico and 2 ITF events.
1986 won 1 ITF event and 20 of 28 matches. At end of year had a wrist operation to remove cysts.
1987 got to final at Taipei, a tour level event.
1988 surprise Australian quarterfinalist by upsetting #10 seed Barbara Potter in the round of 16. Dispatched 6-3 6-1 by Evert the next round.
1990-Australian Open SF. She was down 2-6 0-1 to Gabriela Sabatini when the #2 seeded twisted an ankle and had to taken off the court in a wheelchair. To her credit Porwik continued to win until Mary Joe Fernandez demolished her in a 67 minute 6-2 6-1 semifinal.

Career Singles: 195 wins-191 defeats (3 ITF titles). Highest ranking at #29 on 02 April 1990.
Career Doubles: 157 wins-151 defeats (6 WTA titles, 1 ITF title). Highest ranking at #24 on 25 April 1992.

Year-End rankings

1996: #121
1995: #139
1994: NR (out much of year due to a pulled muscle)
1993: #91
1992: #100
1991: #78
1990: #29
1989: #74
1988: #68.
1987: #103
1986: #95
1985: #244







Sources:

1989 World of Tennis. (page 327)
1997 Corel WTA Media Guide. (page 185)

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudia_Porwik

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20000336

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JELFS, LIZZIE
Great Britain
Born 28 July 1976 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England
Married Stephen Coulson.
[Active in the 1990s]

Won Wimbledon junior doubles in 1994 with Nannie De Villiers of South Africa. One of the players they beat in the final was Corina Morariu.
Only Grand Slam singles was Wimbledon 1995.
Briefly ranked as British no 1 at August 15th 1995 with a world ranking of 212. Highest world ranking was 207 on 11th September 1995.
Subsequently studied sports science at Loughbrough University.

Linkedin says she is in Freelance Project Management.
August 2015 was playing Over 35 tennis for Oxfordshire.

Sources Biography in 1996 LTA Official Handbook.
Facebook and Linkedin accounts

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SABATINI, GABRIELA
Argentina
Born 16 May 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicknames: "Gaby", "Pearl of the Pampas"
[Active 1984-1996]

1990 US Open winner and 1988, 1994 WTA champion.

The best female from Latin America since Maria Bueno, the Argentine of few words captivated fans around the world with her exotic dark looks and beautiful tennis.

1984-- world junior champion. Played a couple of tour level events.

1985-entralled a US televison audience in the Family Circle Cup final; her 3rd match of day. Youngest ever French semifinalist, won Japan Open.

WTA Year-End Rankings

1995: #7
1994: #7
1993: #5
1992: #3
1991: #3
1990: #5
1989: #3
1988: #4
1987: #6
1986: #9
1985: #12
1984: #74





Sources:

1989 World of Tennis, page 332.

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MCNEIL, LORI
United States
Born 18 December 1963 in San Diego, California
Trademark: Distinctive Chipmunk-like cheeks
[Active 1981, 1983-2002, doubles only 200-2002]

1987 US Open semifinalist
1994 Wimbledon semifinalist

Always in a hurry to get to the net, even off her opponents serve on fast surfaces. In both of her semis in majors Lori was only points away from gaining the final.

Singles Titles

1998 $75,000 Rochester (IH);
1994 Birmingham (G);
1993 Birmingham (G);
1992 Eastbourne (G);
1991 Aurora (H); Tokyo Outdoor (H);
1989 Albuquerque (H);
1988 Oklahoma (IH); Newport (G);
1986 Tampa (H); Tulsa (H);

Doubles Titles


2001 Oklahoma City (IC) - w/A. COETZER; Bahia (H) - w/A. COETZER;
1998 Quebec City (IC) - w/K. PO;
1995 Oakland (IC) - w/H. SUKOVA; Philadelphia (IC) - w/H. SUKOVA;
1994 Hilton Head (CL) - w/A. SANCHEZ VICARIO; Strasbourg (CL) - w/R. STUBBS;
1993 Birmingham (G) - w/M. NAVRATILOVA;
1992 Oklahoma (IH) - w/N. PROVIS; Birmingham (G) - w/R. STUBBS; Canadian Open (H) - w/R. STUBBS;
1991 Strasbourg (CL) - w/S. REHE; Milan (IC) - w/S. COLLINS;
1989 Oklahoma (IH) - w/B. NAGELSEN; European Open (CL) - w/K. ADAMS; Newport (G) - w/G. FERNANDEZ; Brighton (IC) - w/K. ADAMS; Indianapolis (IH) - w/K. ADAMS;
1988 Dallas (H) - w/E. PFAFF; San Antonio (H) - w/H. SUKOVA; Hilton Head (CL) - w/M. NAVRATILOVA; Brighton (IC) - w/B. NAGELSEN; Chicago (IC) - w/B. NAGELSEN;
1987 U.S. Indoors (IC) - w/G. FERNANDEZ; Newport (G) - w/G. FERNANDEZ; Canadian Open (H) - w/Z. GARRISON; Mahwah (H) - w/G. FERNANDEZ; New Orleans (IC) - w/Z. GARRISON;
1986 Indianapolis (H) - w/Z. GARRISON; San Juan (H) - w/M. PAZ; Buenos Aires (CL) - w/M. PAZ;
1985 Brighton (IC) - w/C. SUIRE;
1983 Bakersfield (H) - w/K. COPELAND








Sources:

http://itahalloffame.org/inductees/lori-mcneil/

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?PlayerID=20000489

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ZVEREVA, "NATASHA" (Natalia Zvereva)
Soviet Union/Belarus
Born 16 April 1961 in Minsk, Belarus, USSR
Height: 5' 8" (1.75 m)
Played; Righthanded w/ two-handed backhand
[Active ]

Most remembered for her multiple doubles majors with Gigi Fernandez and and for being on the losing end of a 6-0 6-0 drubbing in the final of the 1988 French Open final to Steffi Graf.

Taught tennis by her father Marat.

Natasha and Gigi won 6 consecutive doubles majors from the 1992 French Open through Wimbledon in 1993. They lost their bid to complete the Grand Slam in doubles by losing at the 1993 US Open.

Won 4 consecutive French Opens with Fernandez (1992-1994).

Off court Natasha was known for her uninhibited colorful personality, was known as the best dancer on tour, often being the life of the party at otherwise staid sponsor parties.

Year-End WTA Rankings

1996: #53 (out many weeks with a stress fracture in her ribs)
1995: #14
1994: #10
1993: #19
1992: #23
1991: #21
1990: #12
1989: #27 (reached #5 on 22 May 1989)
1988: #07
1987: #19
1986: #62


A final she would rather forget-beside Steffi Graf at the 1988 French Open




Gigi Fernandez and Zvereva (on right) with a US Open trophy





Sources:

1997 Corel WTA Media Guide, page 261-262.

Natasha Zvereva, not a singles regret | Tennis Buzz

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HAND, KAYE
Great Britain
Born 04 October 1968 Wokingham, Berkshire, England
Married John T. Marfani September 1998 Cheshire East
[Active in 1991]

Played singles Wimbledon 1991.

Now lives in Manchester

Source LTA Official Handbook 1992

www.ancestry.co.uk

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GRIFFITHS, BARBARA
Great Britain
Born 20 May 1972 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England
[Active in 1991]

Played singles at Wimbledon 1991.

Active on ITF Seniors circuit.

Source LTA Official Handbook 1992

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OUDIN, MELANIE
United States
Born 23 September 1991 in Marietta, Georgia
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Nickname: "Mel"
[Active 2006-2016]

"Believe"

2011 United States Mixed Doubles champion with Jack Sock.
2009 US Open singles quarterfinalist

The public will best recall her trip to the 2009 US Open quarterfinals in a series of cliff-hanging matches, upsetting Elena Dementieva and Maria Sharapova. With tennis shoes were stamped with the words "Believe", and the public did as she captured hearts wih each toppled each seed. Only 17, the teen sensation finally fell to Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-2.

In the wake of the US Open her parents made news. Amidst divorce proceedings Oudin's father accused her mother of having an affair with her tennis coach Brian de Villiers.

In mixed Oudin and Jack Sock were surprise winners of the 2011 US Mixed Doubles. It was the first time they had played together; the pair winning unseeded and after surviving a match point in the first round.

Introduced to tennis by her grandmother at the age of 7. In style Oudin was primarily a consistent and clever baseliner without any killer weapons. The forehand was her best shot.

Melanie Oudin Announces Retirement [From the WTA on 18 August 2017]

With the eight-year anniversary of her best career result at a Grand Slam on the horizon, former World No.31 Melanie Oudin announced her retirement from professional tennis with immediate effect on Friday, having struggled with injuries and health concerns since the fateful US Open fortnight.
Now 25, Oudin thrilled the home crowd at Flushing Meadows with a stunning run to the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2009 as a 17-year-old.
Ranked World No.70, Oudin coined a signature phrase of "Believe" as she rolled through the draw with victories over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova, Nadia Petrova - the last three from a set down on Arthur Ashe Stadium - before falling to eventual runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.

The seeds of her stunning New York run were sown at the third Grand Slam of 2009, as she defeated No.29 seed Sybille Bammer, Yaroslava Shvedova and then-World No.6 Jelena Jankovic en route to the fourth round at Wimbledon.

"My dream was always to play professional tennis at places like the US Open with the best in the world. I have been lucky enough to live my dream for the last nine years since I turned pro in 2008," Oudin wrote on social media on Friday.

"Unfortunately, since the end of 2012, I have been struck with numerous health issues and injuries. I would work so hard to come back after being out, and then something else would happen. It has definitely taken a toll on me mentally and physically over the last five years or so.
"Competing with the best in the world requires your absolute best and without being 100% mentally and physically it is very difficult."

Best known for her Cinderella fortnight at the US Open eight years ago, former World No.31 Melanie Oudin retired from professional tennis on Friday at the age of 25.

With the eight-year anniversary of her best career result at a Grand Slam on the horizon, former World No.31 Melanie Oudin announced her retirement from professional tennis with immediate effect on Friday, having struggled with injuries and health concerns since the fateful US Open fortnight.

Now 25, Oudin thrilled the home crowd at Flushing Meadows with a stunning run to the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2009 as a 17-year-old.
Ranked World No.70, Oudin coined a signature phrase of "Believe" as she rolled through the draw with victories over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Dementieva, Maria Sharapova, Nadia Petrova - the last three from a set down on Arthur Ashe Stadium - before falling to eventual runner-up Caroline Wozniacki.
The seeds of her stunning New York run were sown at the third Grand Slam of 2009, as she defeated No.29 seed Sybille Bammer, Yaroslava Shvedova and then-World No.6 Jelena Jankovic en route to the fourth round at Wimbledon.
"My dream was always to play professional tennis at places like the US Open with the best in the world. I have been lucky enough to live my dream for the last nine years since I turned pro in 2008," Oudin wrote on social media on Friday.
"Unfortunately, since the end of 2012, I have been struck with numerous health issues and injuries. I would work so hard to come back after being out, and then something else would happen. It has definitely taken a toll on me mentally and physically over the last five years or so.
"Competing with the best in the world requires your absolute best and without being 100% mentally and physically it is very difficult."

In 2011, Oudin won the US Open mixed doubles title alongside Jack Sock and later won her lone WTA title on the lawns of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham in 2012.

In the years since her breakthrough, Oudin struggled with several injuries and health issues - most notably, rhabdomyolysis, which causes muscle weakness, fatigue and soreness, and supraventricular tachycardia, a type of heart arrhythmia.

"Tennis has given me so much and I will always be grateful. It wasn't exactly the entire career I had dreamed of, but in life things don't always go as planned," Oudin said. "I fell in love with the game of tennis when I was seven years old and it will always have a special place in my heart.
"I am sad to leave the sport I know and love, but I am very optimistic about what the future holds for me."

Singles Statistics

Career High ranking: #31 on 19 April 2010
Career record 245–202
Career titles WTA, 6 ITF titles

Titles:

Birmingham (2012)

WTA YEAR-END Rankings

2016: #263
2015: #376
2014: #165
2013: #127
2012: #84
2011: #139
2010: #65
2009: #49
2008: #177
2007: #373



Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Oudin

Oudin announces retirement from professional tennis | WTA Tennis

https://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/04/melanie-oudin-tries-to-get-her-game-back/

https://www.tennisforum.com/12-general-messages/1278338-melanie-oudin-announces-she-has-retired-25-years-old.html

Melanie Oudin | WTA Tennis

[Interview with Jack Sock after winning the 2011 US Mixed title]

[her 2009 win over Sharapova at the US Open]
 

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BYRNE, JENNY
Australia
Born 25 February 1967 in Perth, Australia
Height: 5' 4"
Plays: Righthanded
[Active: 1982-1990, 1992-1997]

1989 Wimbledon mixed doubles finalist with Mark Kratzmann. They lost a tight final to Jana Novotna and Jeff Pugh 6-4 5-7 6-4.

Ranked #49 at the end of 1989 after reaching the final in Indain Wells and a semi in Brisbane, coming through the qualies.

Won the 1992 WTA "Comeback Player of the Year" award. After being off the tour all of 1991 Jenny made the finals at Birmingham on her comeback.

Singles career high: #45 in 1989
Doubles career high: #27 in 1988

Her last event on the tour was the 1997 Australian Open. One off events in the Bronx in 2002 and 2005 hint that she may have been living in New York City at that time.



Sources:
1990 World of Tennis
, page 260

http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/players/player/profile.aspx?playerid=20002352

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Byrne
 

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COOKE, "BETTY (Frances Betty Cooke)
Great Britain
Born 26 May 1912 in Bath, England
Died 15 October 2006 in Bath, England
[Active 1938-39, 1946-1950]

Played at Wimbledon 1938 to 1950.
Also distinguished squash player.

Sources:

British Lawn Tennis and Squash Magazine November 1949 gives her address then as 1 Queens Parade, Bath. From this used www.ancestry.co.uk and government probate records to get birth and death details.

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GOLARSA, LAURA
Italy
Borm 27 1987 in Milan, Italy
Height: 5' 5"
Played : Righthanded w/ two-handed backhand
[Active 1985-1999 and 2001]

The Italian's most famous match came at Wimbledon in 1989. Ranked a lowly #89, Laura made a splash by getting to the quarterfinals. Rather than go out meekly, she gave Chris Evert the fright of her life in Evert's last Wimbledon. The "virtually unknown 22 year old", in the words of the New York Times, pushed Evert to the limit 6-3 2-6 7-5.

Golarsa was 2 points from the upset of a lifetime at 5-2 an 30-all. She got there using clever little angled volleys. It all turned on that 30 all point. Evert hit a running backhand passing shot down the line for a winner.

With Evert, if if you are at match point, if she is at her last Wimbledon she'll try anything-Laura on losing to Evert when on the verge of victory.
Golarsa also notably made the semis in mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 1996. A finalist at Athens in 1988, the spunky Italian won 6 tour level WTA doubles titles.

Injury kept her off the tour completely in 2000. A return in 2001 was very short lived.

[WTA Bio]

Taught herself how to play tennis at 9 years of age...Coached by Landonio Stefano...Enjoys reading books by Sidney Sheldon (in Italian)...Favorite musicians are Bryan Adams and Elton John...Likes pizza and pasta...Plays soccer and goes snow skiing and wind surfing when not on tour; also likes to visit beaches in Porto Cervo, Italy...Has a horse, Okrand, which she has shown in dressage and jumping competitions...Has attended university in Milan, studying graphic design...Is a part-time journalist, contributing to Italian tennis newspapers and magazines.

Awards and Accomplishments:

• Has career wins over Novotna, Garrison, Wiesner and Rittner

• In juniors, reached the finals of the 1985 Italian Open

• Elected to the WTA Tour Players Association Board of Directors in 1996/97


Career Highlights:

SINGLES

Winner (0 WTA Tour): 1997 - ITF/Cergy-Pontoise-FRA; 1990 - ITF/Bari-ITA, ITF/Arzachena-ITA; 1985 - ITF/Atlantic Beach-USA, ITF/Monviso-ITA.

Finalist (1): 1988 - Athens.

Semifinalist (2): 1998 - Istanbul; 1992 - Cesena.

DOUBLES

Winner (6): 1999 - Antwerp (w/Srebotnik); 1995 - Oklahoma City (w/Arendt); 1994 - Brisbane (w/Medvedeva); 1993 - Brighton (w/Medvedeva); 1991 - Bol (w/Mag. Maleeva); 1989 - Sofia (w/Garrone).

Finalist (8): 1995 - Auckland (w/Vis), Puerto Rico (w/Wild), Zagreb (w/Spirlea); 1994 - Prague (w/Boogert), Moscow (w/Vis); 1993 - Prague (w/Vis); 1991 - Taranto (w/Grossman); 1990 - Italian Open (w/Garrone).

MIXED DOUBLES

Semifinalist (1): 1996 - Wimbledon (w/van Rensburg).

WTA Year-End Rankings Inside Top 100

1989: #59
1988: #79



Sources:

1990 World of Tennis, pages 281-282.

By ROBIN FINN. "Evert Averts Upset by Italian with Spectacular Comeback." New York Times (1923-Current file), Jul 05, 1989, pp. 1, ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index, https://search.proquest.com/docview/110367906?accountid=10274.

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GARDNER, KATHERINE (Katherine Lucretia Gardner)
United States
Born 21 June 1901 in New York
Died 15 January 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Never married
[Active in 1919-1926]

A member of the West Side Tennis Club in New York City. She was from Long Island.

Freshman at Bryn Mawr in 1919, graduating in 1922.
Girls champion in 1919 at Philadelphia. She last competed at the US Nationals in 1925. The was doubles RU in the US Women's Indoors in the spring of 1925.

Ranked #17 in the US for 1924 and listed as being from Buffalo. She also lived in the Cambridge and Boston area of Massachusetts.

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WHITE, SUZANNE (Suzanne V. White)
United States
Born 24 January 1894 in Maryland
Died 13 March 1988 in Maryland
Married Edward Bostick Whitman (1889-1967) circa 1918, and certainly by June 1919
Name variant: Susanne
[Active in 1913-1917 and 1921]

United States Nationals (1913-1917, 1920-1921)

Singles: Semifinalist (1916), Quarterfinalist (1917)
Doubles: Semifinalist (1914; 1916)

A semifinalist at the 1916 US Nationals in both singles and doubles. in singles she lost 6-2 6-3 to Eleanora Sears. Ms White was from Baltimore. Maryland. The next year White 3-6 6-2 6-2 by Marion Vanderhoaf in the US quarterfinals.

She returned to the US Nationals in 1921 as Mrs E. B. White of Wilmington, Delaware.

If official records such as the 1920 census are any guide she went by "Suzanne". Mrs Whitman had 3 children"

1. Edward Whitman (b 1919)
2. Unace Whitman (b. 1921)
3. Suzanne Whitman (b. 1925)

The birth of her 2nd child took her out of big name tournaments permanently. A housewife in early censuses, her occupation in 1940 was listed as teacher.

Sources:

American Lawn Tennis, 01 July 1919 issue, page 164 (source for marriage)

US Census date from 1900 to 1940

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=WH&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=22&GScntry=4&GSsr=7081&GRid=83857370&

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