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Mary Joe Fernández
Mary Joe Fernandez 2009 US Open 01.jpg
Country  United States
Residence Miami, Florida, U.S.
Date of birth August 19, 1971 (1971-08-19) (age 38)
Place of birth Dominican Republic
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63.5 kg (140 lb; 10.00 st)
Turned pro 1986
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$5,258,471
Singles
Career record 437–203
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 4 (October 22, 1990)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open F (1990, 1992)
French Open F (1993)
Wimbledon SF (1991)
US Open SF (1990, 1992)
Doubles
Career record 344–141
Career titles 17 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 4 (February 18, 1991)
Australian Open W (1991)
French Open W (1996)
Wimbledon SF (1991, 1993)
US Open F (1989)
Major doubles tournaments
WTA Championships W (1996)
Olympic Games Gold medal.svg Gold medal (1992, 1996)
Last updated on: August 1, 20009.
Olympic medal record
Women's Tennis
Gold 1992 Barcelona Doubles
Gold 1996 Atlanta Doubles
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Singles

Mary Joe Fernández Godsick (María José Fernández) (born 19 August 1971, in the Dominican Republic) is an American former professional tennis player. She was the runner-up in three Grand Slam singles tournaments and won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals. Her father Jose is from Spain and her mother Silvia is from Cuba.[1]

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Career

Fernández first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won four straight Orange Bowl junior titles. In 1985, aged 14 years and 8 days, Fernandez became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round 6–1, 6–4.

Fernandez turned professional in 1986. She won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering Betsy Nagelsen. Her first top-level singles title came in 1990 at the Tokyo Indoor championships. She reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated 6–3, 6–4 by Steffi Graf. She finished 1990 ranked a career-high World No. 4 in singles.

In 1991, Fernandez teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Open. She was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1992, this time losing to Monica Seles 6–2, 6–3. Fernandez was selected to represent the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, winning a gold medal in women's doubles (with Gigi Fernández) and a bronze medal in singles.

In the quarterfinals of the 1993 French Open, Fernandez staged a dramatic comeback against Gabriela Sabatini after Sabatini took a 6–1, 5–1 lead. Fernandez saved five match points during the 3-hour, 36-minute match and eventually won 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8. She then defeated Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6–2, 6–2 in the semifinals to reach her third Grand Slam singles final. In a close match against Graf, Fernandez lost 4–6, 6–2, 6–4. Fernandez won her second Grand Slam doubles title in 1996 at the French Open, partnering with Lindsay Davenport. The pair went on to capture the year-end WTA Tour Championships doubles title later that year.

Fernandez was a late replacement for Chanda Rubin on the United States team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She won a second straight women's doubles gold medal, again in partnership with Gigi Fernández. She was also entered in the singles competition (owing to a withdrawal), and reached the semifinals, where she was defeated for the bronze medal by Jana Novotná. Later that year, Fernandez was a member of the U.S. team that won the Fed Cup. Fernandez won her final tour singles title in 1997 at the German Open in Berlin. Her final doubles title also came that year in Madrid. She retired from the tour in 2000, having won 7 singles titles, 17 WTA doubles titles, and 2 ITF women's doubles titles.

Since retiring from the tour, Fernandez has served as a tennis commentator for ESPN and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the 2005 U.S. Open.

Personal

Fernandez completed her high school education at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, in Miami, Florida.

On 8 April 2000, Fernandez married Anthony Lewisohn (Tony) Godsick, a sports agent with International Management Group. The pair were married in Miami.[2] They have two children: Isabella Maria (born December 11, 2001) and Nicholas Cooper (born September 15, 2004). [3]

Grand Slam finals

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Singles: 3 (0 titles, 3 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1990 Australian Open Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1992 Australian Open Hard Flag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Monica Seles 6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 1993 French Open Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 6–2, 6–4

Women's doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1989 US Open Hard United States Pam Shriver Australia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1990 Australian Open Hard United States Patty Fendick Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7–6(5), 7–6(6)
Winner 1991 Australian Open Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Gigi Fernández
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–6(4), 6–1
Runner-up 1992 Australian Open Hard United States Zina Garrison Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–4, 7–6(3)
Runner-up 1996 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 1996 French Open Clay United States Lindsay Davenport United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1997 French Open Clay United States Lisa Raymond United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–3

Titles (26)

Wins (7)

Legend
Tier I (1)
Tier II (5)
Tier III (1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2)
Clay (2)
Grass (0)
Carpet (3)
No. Date Tournament Name Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. September 30, 1990 Nichirei International Championships Tokyo, Japan Carpet (I) United States Amy Frazier 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
2. October 21, 1990 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Filderstadt, Germany Carpet (I) Austria Barbara Paulus 6–1, 6–3
3. February 28, 1993 Matrix Essentials Evert Cup (1) Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard South Africa Amanda Coetzer 3–6, 6–1, 7–6
4. May 22, 1994 Internationaux de Strasbourg Strasbourg, France Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 2–6, 6–4, 6–0
5. March 5, 1995 State Farm Evert Cup (2) Indian Wells, California, U.S. Hard Belarus Natasha Zvereva 6–4, 6–3
6. October 22, 1995 Brighton International Brighton, United Kingdom Carpet (I) South Africa Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 7–5
7. May 18, 1997 German Open Berlin, Germany Clay France Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–2

Doubles (19)

Grand slam events in boldface.

  • 1995: Strasbourg (with Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1995: Tokyo Nichirei International (with Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1996: Sydney (with Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1996: French Open (with Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1996: Olympics Atlanta (with Gigi Fernández)
  • 1996: Oakland (with Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1996: Chase Championships (with Lindsay Davenport)
  • 1997: Hilton Head (with Martina Hingis)
  • 1997: Madrid (with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario)

Singles runner-ups (9)

Legend
Grand Slam (3)
Tier II (4)
Tier III (2)
No. Date Tournament Name Tournament Location Surface Opponent in Final Score in Final
1. October 15, 1989 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Filderstadt, Germany Carpet (I) Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 7–6, 6–4
2. January 28, 1990 Australian Open (1) Melbourne Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 6–3, 6–4
3. April 21, 1991 Virginia Slims of Houston Houston, Texas, U.S. Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–4, 6-3
4. September 22, 1991 Nichirei International Championships Tokyo, Japan Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–1, 6–1
5. January 26, 1992 Australian Open (2) Melbourne Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–2, 6–3
6. February 9, 1992 Nokia Grand Prix Essen, Germany Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 6–0, 6–3
7. June 6, 1993 French Open Paris Clay Germany Steffi Graf 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
8. June 16, 1994 Peters New South Wales Open Sydney, Australia Hard Japan Kimiko Date 6–4, 6–2
9. June 23, 1996 Direct Line International Championships Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass United States Monica Seles 6–0, 6–2

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR
Australian Open A NH A A 3R F SF F QF 4R 4R 4R SF A 3R 0 / 10
French Open 1R QF 2R A SF QF QF 3R F 3R 1R 4R QF A 4R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 1R 4R 4R 4R A SF 3R 3R 3R QF QF 4R A 1R 0 / 12
U.S. Open 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R SF 3R SF A 3R QF A 4R 3R 4R 0 / 13
SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 48

NH = tournament not held.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

References

  1. ^ Mary Joe Fernandez
  2. ^ Society Desk (April 9, 2000). "WEDDINGS; Mary Joe Fernandez, Anthony Godsick". New York Times. p. Section 9; Page 9; Column 1. 
  3. ^ Outlaw, Adrianna (September 16, 2004). "Mama Mary Joe Gives Birth to Second Child". Tennis Week Magazine. 

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