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Biographies (in alphabetical order by surname)

Date: 09.06.2015     Last updated: 09.06.2015 at 12.11
Category: Sport

Tracy Austin

Tracy began playing tennis at the age of two, and went on to win two US Open crowns.

  • Tracy reached the third round at her debut Wimbledon in 1977, aged just 14
  • She became the youngest-ever US Open champion in 1979, aged just 16
  • She appeared on the front of World Tennis magazine aged just four

Jamie Baker

Former British No.2 who turned professional in 2004.

  • Made Davis Cup debut for Great Britain against Ukraine in September 2006
  • Reached a career-high ranking of 186 in June 2012
  • He played five times in the Gentlemen’s Singles at Wimbledon and twice came through qualifying to reach the main draw of the Australian Open

Jeremy Bates

Jeremy partnered Jo Durie to win the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1987.

  • The pair were the first British mixed doubles team to win the Wimbledon title for 51 years
  • Jeremy and Jo are the only British pair to win the Australian Open (1991)
  • Bates reached the fourth round at Wimbledon twice (1992 and 1994)
  • Captained Britain’s Davis Cup team between January 2004 and July 2006

Nick Bollettieri

Nick has coached some of the greatest players to grace the game including Andre Agassi and Boris Becker.

  • Nick also worked with Jim Courier, Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova
  • He formed his own tennis academy in Florida in the late 1970s – 10 world number ones have graduated from his academy
  • Nick is credited with revolutionising coaching methods in the modern game
  • Bollettieri barely hit a tennis ball until his final year at high school

Pat Cash

Pat defeated Ivan Lendl to claim the Wimbledon title in 1987.

  • Turned professional in 1982, reaching a world ranking of No.4 in 1998
  • Finalist at the Australian Open in 1987 and 1988, semi-finalist at the US Open in 1984
  • Pat has coached Greg Rusedski and Mark Philippoussis
  • He is famous for climbing up to the Centre Court players’ box to celebrate with his family after winning Wimbledon

Annabel Croft

Former British No.1 who reached a world ranking of No.21.

  • Croft won the Wimbledon and Australian Open junior titles in 1984
  • Played for Great Britain in the Fed Cup in 1985 and 1986
  • Since retiring from tennis she has worked as a television and radio presenter

Lindsay Davenport

A former world No.1, Lindsay won three Grand Slam singles tournaments, 55 career singles titles, 38

  • She won the Ladies' Singles and Doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1999
  • Between 1998 and 2000 she won the US Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open, and reached the French Open last four
  • Davenport is a former world number one

Jo Durie

Jo was ranked World No. 5 and is the last British woman to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final, which she did at both the 1983 French and US Opens.

  • Jo lifted the mixed doubles title with Jeremy Bates at Wimbledon in 1987, and again at the Australian Open in 1991
  • After retiring from the sport, Jo oversaw the early career of the late Elena Baltacha
  • Her final Wimbledon appearance was in 1995, when she lost in the second round to future SW19 singles champion Jana Novotna

David Felgate

Tim Henman’s former coach is a respected and experienced voice in tennis having been involved in the sport at a senior level for more than 30 years.

  • He coached Tim Henman from 1992 until 2001, in which time Henman won seven ATP titles and reached Wimbledon semi-finals in ’98 and ’99
  • He has since held senior roles in tennis including Performance Director for the LTA (2003 – 2006)

Peter Fleming

Former World No.8, well known for his successful doubles partnership with John McEnroe.

  • Their partnership brought them 52 titles including seven Grand Slams (four Wimbledon and three US Open)
  • He won three singles titles including the Cincinnati Open in 1979
  • Played on three Davis Cup winning teams in 1979, 1981 and 1982

Justine Henin

Justine is a former World No.1 and seven-time Grand Slam Champion.

  • She won four French Open titles, one Australian Open title and two US Open titles
  • Henin won 43 singles titles and a singles gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens
  • She was also a two-time runner-up at Wimbledon (2001 and 2006)

Tim Henman

Tim is one of Britain’s most successful male tennis players and in a 14 year career, he reached four Wimbledon semi-finals.

  • A former British No.1, Tim reached a world ranking of No.4
  • Won silver in the men’s doubles at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and played for Great Britain in the Davis Cup from the age of 19.

Anne Keothavong

Anne is a former British No.1 with 20 ITF singles titles and eight ITF doubles titles.

  • Anne joined the BBC commentary team in 2013
  • Her highest singles world ranking was No. 48
  • She reached the semi-finals of seven WTA main tour events

Richard Krajicek

Richard made history in 1996 as the first Dutchman to win the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles title, beating Malivai Washington in straight sets.

  • En route to his Wimbledon victory, Richard defeated Pete Sampras
  • He won 17 ATP tour titles, including at least one a year from 1991 to 1999

John Lloyd

John was the first British male tennis player in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam singles final – at the Australian Open in 1977.

  • John won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, with two coming at Wimbledon (1983 and 1984)
  • He was Great Britain’s Davis Cup captain from 2006 – 2010

Miles Maclagan

Miles is a British tennis coach and former professional tennis player.

  • He is a former coach of both Andy Murray and Laura Robson
  • He played in three Davis Cup ties for Great Britain including a doubles victory with Tim Henman against Thailand in 2002
  • At Wimbledon in 1999, he led Boris Becker two sets to love, and had three match points, before eventually losing in five sets

Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Bethanie Mattek-Sands is an American professional tennis player who competes on the WTA Tour.

  • Mattek won five singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour and has reached the semi-finals of WTA Tour tournaments on four occasions
  • • In doubles, she has won 15 WTA Tour titles, most notably the Australian Open and French Open in 2015
  • She also plays for the New York Sportimes for World Team Tennis

John McEnroe

With 77 singles titles and 72 doubles titles, John McEnroe is one of tennis’ most successful and recognisable figures.

  • John won three Wimbledon singles titles and five men’s doubles titles
  • With Peter Fleming, John earned four Wimbledon titles and three US Open titles as well as seven season-ending championship titles, which they won consecutively from 1978 - 1984
  • He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999

Judy Murray

Judy Murray is a Scottish tennis coach and current captain of the British Fed Cup team. She is also the mother of professional tennis players, Jamie and Andy Murray.

  • Judy has coached multiple players at regional and national level under the auspices of the British tennis governing body, the Lawn Tennis Association
  • She won 64 titles in Scotland during her junior and senior career and joined the professional tour in 1976
  • She was the initial coach for both her sons before handing over the reins as their professional careers developed

Martina Navratilova

Martina is a tennis legend, having dominated her sport during a professional career spanning more than 30 years.

  • She has a record nine Wimbledon singles titles and 59 Grand Slam titles in total
  • She is the only player in history to win Grand Slam titles in four different decades, including a curtain-closing US Open victory in mixed doubles at the age of 49
  • She holds an unrivalled 344 singles and doubles titles

Jana Novotna
Jana won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and is now a respected and experienced broadcaster.

  • In her career she won 100 singles and doubles titles, including 17 at Grand Slams
  • Jana has 24 singles and 76 doubles titles and retired in 1999
  • She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005

Mark Petchey

Former British No.1 Mark is a former coach of 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. He turned professional in 1988, competing at Wimbledon as well as the US and Australian Opens.

  • From 2005 - 2006 he coached Andy Murray
  • During his time with Mark, Murray climbed more than 300 places in the world rankings
  • Mark competed at Wimbledon from 1988-1998, retiring due to injury, aged 28

Louise Pleming

Louise began playing tennis aged six, and first joined the women’s tour in 1982.

  • She has 12 ITF doubles titles to her name, including the Austrian Open
  • Louise was appointed by Tennis Australia as a national touring coach in 2006
  • She currently works as a touring Fed cup coach for the Australian WTA tour players

Andy Roddick

A former World No.1 and US Open champion, Andy won 32 singles titles, including five Masters titles.

  • Andy was crowned US Open champion in 2003 and was the runner-up there in 2006
  • He was runner-up at Wimbledon on three occasions: in 2004, 2005 and 2009
  • Andy won the Queen’s grasscourt event a joint-record four times
  • His game was based on his devastating serve, which reached speeds of up to 155mph

Leon Smith

Leon Smith is a Scottish tennis coach, captain of the Great Britain Davis Cup team and Head of Men’s Tennis for the Lawn Tennis Association

  • Smith has coached several Scottish junior players, most notably Andy Murray between the age of 11 and 15
  • He was appointed Davis Cup captain by the Lawn Tennis Association in April 2010
  • In 2011 he became Head of Women's Tennis in addition to his existing responsibilities

Sam Smith

Sam was British No.1 from 1996-99.

  • Sam reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1998, knocking out former champion and eighth seed Conchita Martinez in the process
  • That achievement was unmatched by a British woman for 15 years, until Laura Robson emulated it in 2013
  • Sam represented Great Britain in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona

Elizabeth Smylie

Australian tennis player Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Smylie enjoyed a 15 year professional career, winning two titles and peaking at No.20 in the world.

  • She won 32 titles as a doubles player - two of them at Wimbledon
  • She also won doubles bronze at the Seoul Olympics
  • Liz and partner Kathy Jordan ended Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver’s 109 match-winning streak in the 1985 Wimbledon Ladies' Doubles final

Jeff Tarango

Jeff won 16 singles and doubles titles during his career.

  • The American reached the third round of all four Grand Slam singles events, and partnered Goran Ivanisevic to the final of the men’s doubles at the 1999 French Open
  • He is a former coach of Maria Sharapova
  • He is now a coach as well as a broadcaster and joined BBC Radio 5 live in 2007

Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade OBE is one of Britain’s greatest-ever female tennis players. She is the last British woman to be crowned Wimbledon champion, winning the title in 1977.

  • She won three Grand Slam singles titles and four in women’s doubles
  • Virginia was ranked in the world’s top 10 for 13 consecutive years
  • In 1989, Virginia was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Virginia became the first woman ever elected to the Wimbledon Committee in 1982

Mark Woodforde

Mark won six men’s doubles titles at Wimbledon, all with partner Todd Woodbridge – the pair also won the French, Australian and US Opens.

  • Mark also won the US Open men’s doubles with John McEnroe and the Wimbledon mixed doubles with Martina Navratilova
  • He represented Australia in the Davis Cup
  • He is also an Olympian, winning gold in 1996 and silver in 2000