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Andrea Jaeger
Andrea Jaeger
Andrea Jaeger.jpg
Jaeger in 1981
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceSanta Rosa Beach, Florida
Born (1965-06-04) June 4, 1965 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1980
Retired1985
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,379,065[1]
Singles
Career record260-85[1]
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 2 (August 17, 1981)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1982)
French OpenF (1982)
WimbledonF (1983)
US OpenSF (1980, 1982)
Doubles
Career record47-38[1]
Career titles4
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1981, 1982)
French OpenQF (1982)
Wimbledon3R (1981)
US OpenSF (1980)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1981)
Wimbledon1R (1980, 1983)

Andrea Jaeger ( YAY-g?r; born June 4, 1965) is a former World No. 2 professional tennis player from the United States whose brief but highly successful tennis career ended prematurely due to major shoulder injuries. Jaeger reached the singles final of Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982. She reached the singles semifinals of the Australian Open in 1982 and of the U.S. Open in 1980 and 1982. She also won 10 singles titles. In mixed doubles, Jaeger won the French Open with Jimmy Arias in 1981. During her career, Jaeger won U.S. $1.4 million in prize money and millions more in endorsements. After retirement in 1987, she has prominently dedicated her life to public service, charities, and philanthropy. In 2006, she became "Sister Andrea" as a member of the Anglican Order of Preachers. She is a member of the Episcopal Church and based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, U.S.[3]

Tennis career

While a student at Stevenson High School in suburban Chicago, Jaeger was the top ranked player in the United States in the 18-and-under age group. She won 13 U.S. national junior titles, including the most prominent junior titles in tennis: the 1979 Orange Bowl and 1979 Boca Raton.

In 1980 (at the age of 15 years, 19 days), she became the youngest player ever to be seeded at Wimbledon,[4] a record that was broken by Jennifer Capriati in 1990. After defeating former champion Virginia Wade, she became the youngest quarter-finalist in the history of the tournament.[5] Later in the year, she became the youngest semifinalist in US Open history.

In 1981, Jaeger won the U.S. Clay Court Championships, defeating Virginia Ruzici in the final.

At the French Open in 1982, Jaeger defeated Chris Evert in a semifinal 6-3, 6-1 but lost the final to Martina Navratilova. She then reached the semifinals of both the US Open and the Australian Open, losing both matches to Evert in straight sets.

At Wimbledon in 1983, Jaeger defeated six-time Wimbledon singles champion Billie Jean King 6-1, 6-1 in a semifinal on Centre Court, which was King's last career singles match at that tournament and her most lopsided singles defeat ever at Wimbledon.[6] Jaeger then lost the final to Navratilova. In 2003, Jaeger said that the night before the final, she had a heated argument with her father[7] over practicing and was locked out of her apartment by him. Eventually, Jaeger asked Navratilova to convince her father to let her back in. She stated that emotional fatigue might have contributed to her lackluster performance in the final.[7]

Jaeger competed in the tennis demonstration event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (tennis was re-introduced as an Olympic sport in 1988).

Jaeger's career win-loss record against other top players was 3-17 against Evert, 4-11 against Navratilova, 2-8 against Tracy Austin, 6-8 against Hana Mandlíková, and 2-4 against Pam Shriver.

In an interview in 2003, Jaeger stated that she was never committed to being the top ranked player in the world and tanked matches to avoid the top spot.[8][9] As she rose toward the top of the game, she started visiting hospitals during tournaments. She stated that she found it, in the words of a USA Today columnist, "difficult to reconcile the narrow-minded focus of a top tennis player with her desire to help others."[10]

Jaeger won eight of the nine singles matches she played for the U.S. in Fed Cup. She also won two of the three Wightman Cup singles matches she played for the U.S.[11]

A major shoulder injury at the age of 19 ended Jaeger's career prematurely in 1985. Seeing this career-ending injury as a door to a spiritual awakening, she went to college and obtained a degree in theology.

Philanthropy

Jaeger used her winnings from tennis to create the Silver Lining Foundation with her close friend and business partner Heidi Bookout in 1990. Located in Aspen, Colorado, the organization transported groups of young cancer patients to Aspen for a week of support and activities, including horseback riding and whitewater rafting. The foundation also provided money for reunions, family campouts, college scholarships, medical internships, and other programs for children who could not travel. The organization had other powerful backers, both in the world of sports and elsewhere. The first contributor was John McEnroe. Many high-profile celebrities were also involved, including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and David Robinson. In 1996, Jaeger received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.[12]

Jaeger's autobiography, First Service, was published in 2004. In the book she wrote about her teenage years as a tennis player and her later decision to focus on serving God. All proceeds from the book were donated to children's charities.

Jaeger later established the "Little Star Foundation", claiming to reach on average 4,000 kids annually. Jaeger ran into financial issues with the nonprofit in 2009. As a result, she tried to sell the foundation's property in Aspen for $13.5 million, but neighbors said she was breaking homeowners association covenants, which resulted in a lawsuit. She moved to a much larger 220-acre (0.89 km2) property in Hesperus, Colorado, where she claimed she would expand her programs.[10] Ms. Jaeger sold the ranch to an unknown buyer in November 2018. In January 2019, the State of Colorado revoked Little Star Foundation's property tax exemption on the basis that an investigation had revealed that the group had falsified records, and had never actually conducted any charitable activities since relocating to Hesperus.[13]

In 2006, Jaeger exchanged gifts with an Army Ranger serving in the Iraq War. He gave her his dog tags, and she gave him her Olympic ring.[14]

On September 16, 2006, at the age of 41, Jaeger became Sister Andrea, an Anglican Dominican nun.[15] She reportedly left the order in 2009.[16]

In April 2007, Jaeger and several former athletes, including Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Muhammad Ali, appeared on the American morning television talk show Good Morning America to announce their formation of a new charity entitled "Athletes for Hope" with the goal of encouraging their fellow athletes to think philanthropically.[17][18]

As of Early 2020, Ms. Jaeger has relocated to Florida and continues to fundraise.

Major finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 2 runner-ups

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1982 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova 6-7(6-8), 1-6
Loss 1983 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova 0-6, 3-6

Mixed doubles: 1 title

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1981 French Open Clay United States Jimmy Arias Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Fred McNair
7-6, 6-4

Year-End Championships finals

Singles: 1 runner-up

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1981 New York City Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 3-6, 6-7(3-7)

WTA career finals

Singles: 36 (10-26)

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-2)
WTA Tour Championships (0-1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (10-23)
Titles by surface
Hard (3-7)
Grass (1-3)
Clay (2-9)
Carpet (4-7)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Jan 1980 Las Vegas, US Hard (i) United States Barbara Potter 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Loss 1. Mar 1980 Edmond, US Clay Czechoslovakia Regina Mar?íková 2-6, 2-6
Win 2. Jun 1980 Beckenham, England Grass United Kingdom Jo Durie 6-0, 6-1
Loss 2. Aug, 1980 Indianapolis, US Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4-6, 3-6
Loss 3. Aug 1980 Mahwah, US Hard Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 7-6(7-0), 2-6, 2-6
Win 3. Sep 1980 Las Vegas, US Hard (i) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Loss 4. Oct 1980 Deerfield Beach, US Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4-6, 1-6
Win 4. Nov 1980 Tampa, US Hard United States Tracy Austin w/o
Loss 5. Jan 1981 Landover, US Carpet (i) United States Tracy Austin 2-6, 2-6
Win 5. Jan 1981 Kansas City, US Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Win 6. Feb 1981 Oakland, US Carpet (i) United Kingdom Virginia Wade 6-3, 6-1
Loss 6. Mar 1981 Los Angeles, US Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 4-6, 0-6
Loss 7. Mar 1981 Avon Championships, US Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 3-6, 6-7(3-7)
Loss 8. Apr 1981 Orlando, US Clay United States Martina Navratilova 5-7, 3-6
Loss 9. Jun 1981 Eastbourne, England Grass United States Tracy Austin 3-6, 4-6
Win 7. Aug 1981 Indianapolis, US Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 6-0
Loss 10. Oct, 1981 Deerfield Beach, US Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-4, 3-6, 0-6
Loss 11. Nov 1981 Perth, Australia Grass United States Pam Shriver 1-6, 6-7
Loss 12. Jan 1982 Seattle, US Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 2-6, 0-6
Win 8. Feb 1982 Detroit, US Carpet (i) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jau?ovec 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Win 9. Feb 1982 Oakland, US Carpet (i) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 7-6(7-5), 6-4
Loss 13. Apr 1982 Palm Beach Gardens, US Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 1-6, 5-7
Loss 14. Apr 1982 Hilton Head Island, US Clay United States Martina Navratilova 4-6, 2-6
Loss 15. Apr 1982 Amelia Island, US Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3-6, 1-6
Loss 16. May 1982 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova 6-7(6-8), 1-6
Loss 17. Aug 1982 Montreal, Canada Hard United States Martina Navratilova 3-6, 5-7
Loss 18. Oct 1982 Deerfield Beach, US Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 1-6, 1-6
Loss 19. Oct 1982 Tampa, US Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-3, 1-6, 4-6
Loss 20. Nov, 1982 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3-6, 2-6
Win 10. Jan 1983 Marco Island, US Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6-1, 6-3
Loss 21. Jan 1983 Palm Beach Gardens, US Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3-6, 3-6
Loss 22. Feb 1983 Chicago, US Carpet (i) United States Martina Navratilova 3-6, 2-6
Loss 23. Apr 1983 Orlando, US Clay United States Martina Navratilova 1-6, 5-7
Loss 24. Jun 1983 Wimbledon, England Grass United States Martina Navratilova 0-6, 3-6
Loss 25. Sep 1983 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i) United States Lisa Bonder 2-6, 7-5, 1-6
Loss 26. Apr 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3-6, 0-6

Doubles: 6 (4-2)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4-2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3-0)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (1-2)
Carpet (0-0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Aug 1980 Toronto, Canada Hard Czechoslovakia Regina Mar?íková United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6-1, 6-3
Win 2. Oct 1980 Deerfield Beach, US Hard Czechoslovakia Regina Mar?íková United States Martina Navratilova
United States Candy Reynolds
1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Win 3. Jan 1983 Marco Island, US Clay United States Mary-Lou Piatek United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7-5, 6-4
Loss 1. Apr 1983 Hilton Head Island, US Clay United States Paula Smith United States Martina Navratilova
United States Candy Reynolds
2-6, 3-6
Win 4. Aug 1983 Toronto, Canada Hard United Kingdom Anne Hobbs South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
6-4, 5-7, 7-5
Loss 2. Jan 1984 Marco Island, US Clay United Kingdom Anne Hobbs Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6-3, 2-6, 2-6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 Career SR
Australian Open A A QF SF A A A 0 / 2
French Open A 1R SF F SF 1R 2R 0 / 6
Wimbledon A QF 4R 4R F A A 0 / 4
U.S. Open 2R SF 2R SF QF A 2R 0 / 6
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 18
Year-end ranking NR 7 4 3 3 42 NR

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Andrea Jaeger at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ Andrea Jaeger at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ Jaeger finds joy in serving others
  4. ^ Tingay, Lance (1983). The Guinness Book of Tennis Facts & Feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 41. ISBN 0-85112-289-2.
  5. ^ The Daily News - June 1980
  6. ^ Billie Jean King Archived 2007-02-25 at the Wayback Machine. wimbledon.org.
  7. ^ a b Daily Times (Pakistan)
  8. ^ Sister Andrea Jaeger «Tennis served fresh»
  9. ^ Barry McDermott (April 9, 1984). "Oh, were it ony the racket". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 60 no. 15. pp. 34-44.
  10. ^ a b USATODAY.com
  11. ^ Tingay, Lance (1983). The Guinness book of tennis facts & feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 203. ISBN 0-85112-289-2.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ https://the-journal.com/articles/167485
  14. ^ From tennis to nunhood to Making a Difference - Making a Difference - nbcnews.com
  15. ^ Patrick Saunders (31 January 2008). "Jaeger finds joy in serving others". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2010.
  16. ^ Futterman, Matthew (August 27, 2010). "Where Are They Now?". The Wall Street Journal.
  17. ^ 'Athletes for Hope' Unite for Charity
  18. ^ Athletes for Hope

External links

Awards
Preceded by
Kathy Jordan
WTA Newcomer of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
Kathy Rinaldi

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