Leslie Allen (tennis)
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Leslie Allen Tennis
Leslie Allen
Country (sports) United States
Born (1957-03-12) March 12, 1957 (age 63)
Cleveland, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) [1]
Turned pro1977
PlaysRight-handed [1]
Prize money$330,606
Career record12-21
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 17 (February 15, 1981)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1982)
French Open4R (1979, 1980, 1981)
Wimbledon3R (1981)
US Open3R (1979)
Career record11-15
Career titles5
Highest rankingNo. 10 (February 16, 1983)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1982)
French Open3R (1983, 1984)
Wimbledon3R (1982, 1984)
US Open3R (1982, 1983)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenF (1983)
Wimbledon3R (1982)
US Open2R (1981, 1982)

Leslie Allen (born March 12, 1957) is a retired American professional tennis player.

Unranked in junior tennis, Leslie Allen was an ATA, NCAA & WTA Champion. Allen was a member of the University of Southern California national championship team and in 1977 graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in speech communications.[2] She joined the WTA Tour in 1977 and went on to reach a career high ranking of No. 17 in the world in February 1981.

In 1981, Allen became the first African American woman to win a significant pro tennis tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958 when she won the Avon Championships of Detroit, although Renee Blount is also credited with this feat because she won the Futures of Columbus in 1979.[3][2] Allen qualified for the season-ending 1981 Avon Championships which featured the eight best players of the winter Avon Championships Circuit.[2] She was also a mixed doubles finalist at the 1983 French Open partnering Charles Strode

After retiring from professional tennis, she became a television broadcaster and was also elected to the WTA Board of Directors. Allen founded the Leslie Allen Foundation to introduce young people to the 100+careers behind the scenes in pro tennis. Through the Foundation's Win4Life program students are challenged to use the Win4Life 4D's (Desire, Dedication, Determination, Discipline) to succeed on and off the court. Allen currently works as a real estate agent in New Jersey and is a motivational speaker.

Grand Slam finals

Mixed doubles (1 runner-up)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1983 French Open Clay United States Charles Strode United States Barbara Jordan
United States Eliot Teltscher
2-6, 3-6


  1. ^ a b Emery, David, ed. (1983). Who's Who in International Tennis. London: Sphere. p. 7. ISBN 9780722133200.
  2. ^ a b c Barry Lorge (March 29, 1981). "Designs on Success". The Washington Times.
  3. ^ Djata, Sundiata A. (2006). Blacks at the net: Black achievement in the history of tennis, Volume 1. Reed Business Information. Retrieved .

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