Jaeger in 1981
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Santa Rosa Beach, Florida|
|Born||June 4, 1965|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two handed-backhand)|
|Prize money||US$ 1,379,065|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (August 17, 1981)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1982)|
|French Open||F (1982)|
|US Open||SF (1980, 1982)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1981, 1982)|
|French Open||QF (1982)|
|US Open||SF (1980)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|French Open||W (1981)|
|Wimbledon||1R (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.
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, 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. 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. 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 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.
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).
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. 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."
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
As of Early 2020, Ms. Jaeger has relocated to Florida and continues to fundraise.
|Loss||1982||French Open||Clay||Martina Navratilova||6-7(6-8), 1-6|
|Loss||1983||Wimbledon||Grass||Martina Navratilova||0-6, 3-6|
|Win||1981||French Open||Clay||Jimmy Arias|| Betty Stöve
|Loss||1981||New York City||Carpet (I)||Martina Navratilova||3-6, 6-7(3-7)|
|Win||1.||Jan 1980||Las Vegas, US||Hard (i)||Barbara Potter||7-6, 4-6, 6-1|
|Loss||1.||Mar 1980||Edmond, US||Clay||Regina Mar?íková||2-6, 2-6|
|Win||2.||Jun 1980||Beckenham, England||Grass||Jo Durie||6-0, 6-1|
|Loss||2.||Aug, 1980||Indianapolis, US||Clay||Chris Evert-Lloyd||4-6, 3-6|
|Loss||3.||Aug 1980||Mahwah, US||Hard||Hana Mandlíková||7-6(7-0), 2-6, 2-6|
|Win||3.||Sep 1980||Las Vegas, US||Hard (i)||Hana Mandlíková||7-5, 4-6, 6-3|
|Loss||4.||Oct 1980||Deerfield Beach, US||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||4-6, 1-6|
|Win||4.||Nov 1980||Tampa, US||Hard||Tracy Austin||w/o|
|Loss||5.||Jan 1981||Landover, US||Carpet (i)||Tracy Austin||2-6, 2-6|
|Win||5.||Jan 1981||Kansas City, US||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||3-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|Win||6.||Feb 1981||Oakland, US||Carpet (i)||Virginia Wade||6-3, 6-1|
|Loss||6.||Mar 1981||Los Angeles, US||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||4-6, 0-6|
|Loss||7.||Mar 1981||Avon Championships, US||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||3-6, 6-7(3-7)|
|Loss||8.||Apr 1981||Orlando, US||Clay||Martina Navratilova||5-7, 3-6|
|Loss||9.||Jun 1981||Eastbourne, England||Grass||Tracy Austin||3-6, 4-6|
|Win||7.||Aug 1981||Indianapolis, US||Clay||Virginia Ruzici||6-1, 6-0|
|Loss||10.||Oct, 1981||Deerfield Beach, US||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||6-4, 3-6, 0-6|
|Loss||11.||Nov 1981||Perth, Australia||Grass||Pam Shriver||1-6, 6-7|
|Loss||12.||Jan 1982||Seattle, US||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||2-6, 0-6|
|Win||8.||Feb 1982||Detroit, US||Carpet (i)||Mima Jau?ovec||2-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|Win||9.||Feb 1982||Oakland, US||Carpet (i)||Chris Evert-Lloyd||7-6(7-5), 6-4|
|Loss||13.||Apr 1982||Palm Beach Gardens, US||Clay||Chris Evert-Lloyd||1-6, 5-7|
|Loss||14.||Apr 1982||Hilton Head Island, US||Clay||Martina Navratilova||4-6, 2-6|
|Loss||15.||Apr 1982||Amelia Island, US||Clay||Chris Evert-Lloyd||3-6, 1-6|
|Loss||16.||May 1982||French Open||Clay||Martina Navratilova||6-7(6-8), 1-6|
|Loss||17.||Aug 1982||Montreal, Canada||Hard||Martina Navratilova||3-6, 5-7|
|Loss||18.||Oct 1982||Deerfield Beach, US||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||1-6, 1-6|
|Loss||19.||Oct 1982||Tampa, US||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||6-3, 1-6, 4-6|
|Loss||20.||Nov, 1982||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet (i)||Chris Evert-Lloyd||3-6, 2-6|
|Win||10.||Jan 1983||Marco Island, US||Clay||Hana Mandlíková||6-1, 6-3|
|Loss||21.||Jan 1983||Palm Beach Gardens, US||Clay||Chris Evert-Lloyd||3-6, 3-6|
|Loss||22.||Feb 1983||Chicago, US||Carpet (i)||Martina Navratilova||3-6, 2-6|
|Loss||23.||Apr 1983||Orlando, US||Clay||Martina Navratilova||1-6, 5-7|
|Loss||24.||Jun 1983||Wimbledon, England||Grass||Martina Navratilova||0-6, 3-6|
|Loss||25.||Sep 1983||Tokyo, Japan||Carpet (i)||Lisa Bonder||2-6, 7-5, 1-6|
|Loss||26.||Apr 1984||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard (i)||Chris Evert-Lloyd||3-6, 0-6|
|Win||1.||Aug 1980||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Regina Mar?íková|| Ann Kiyomura
|Win||2.||Oct 1980||Deerfield Beach, US||Hard||Regina Mar?íková|| Martina Navratilova
|1-6, 6-1, 6-2|
|Win||3.||Jan 1983||Marco Island, US||Clay||Mary-Lou Piatek|| Rosie Casals
|Loss||1.||Apr 1983||Hilton Head Island, US||Clay||Paula Smith|| Martina Navratilova
|Win||4.||Aug 1983||Toronto, Canada||Hard||Anne Hobbs|| Rosalyn Fairbank
|6-4, 5-7, 7-5|
|Loss||2.||Jan 1984||Marco Island, US||Clay||Anne Hobbs|| Hana Mandlíková
|6-3, 2-6, 2-6|
|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|