Mary Joe Fernandez
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Mary Joe Fernández
Mary Joe Fernández at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Mary Joe at the 2010 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceMiami, Florida, U.S.
Born (1971-08-19) August 19, 1971 (age 49)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,258,471
Singles
Career record437-203
Career titles7 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 4 (October 22, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1990, 1992)
French OpenF (1993)
WimbledonSF (1991)
US OpenSF (1990, 1992)
Other tournaments
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg Bronze medal (1992)
Doubles
Career record344-141
Career titles17 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 4 (February 18, 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1991)
French OpenW (1996)
WimbledonSF (1991, 1993)
US OpenF (1989)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1996)
Olympic GamesGold medal.svg Gold medal (1992, 1996)

Mary Joe Fernández Godsick (born María José Fernández; August 19, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player, who reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in both singles and doubles. In singles, Fernández was the runner-up at the 1990 and 1992 Australian Opens, and the 1993 French Open, as well as winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In doubles, she won the 1991 Australian Open with Patty Fendick and 1996 French Open with Lindsay Davenport, plus two Olympic gold medals.

Career

Mary Joe 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 eight days, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round.

Turning professional in 1986, she won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering Betsy Nagelsen. She was also semifinalist at the 1989 French Open, losing to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 2-6, 2-6.

She reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated by Steffi Graf 3-6, 4-6 (having held a 4-1 lead herself in the second set). She won her first WTA singles title the same year at the Tokyo Indoor championships, and finished the year ranked a career-high world No. 4 in singles.

In 1991, Fernández reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she was match point up against Monica Seles, before eventually losing 3-6, 6-0, 7-9.[1]. She teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's Australian Open doubles title. At Wimbledon, she reached the semifinals, losing to Steffi Graf in straight sets.

She reached the Australian Open singles final again in 1992, beating world no. 3 Gabriela Sabatini in the semifinals before losing to Seles 2-6, 3-6. She also reached the semifinals of the US Open, beating Sabatini in the quarterfinals and losing once again to Seles. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Fernández was selected to represent the United States and won both a gold medal in women's doubles (with Gigi Fernández) and a bronze medal in singles.

In 1993, she won the title in Indian Wells, defeating Amanda Coetzer in the final. At the French Open, she defeated world no. 5 Sabatini in the quarterfinals and world no. 3 Sanchez-Vicario in the semifinals. In the final against Steffi Graf, Fernandez held several points to lead 3-0 in the final set, but eventually lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Fernández 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.

She 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, defeating world no. 2 Conchita Martinez in the quarterfinals. She was defeated for the bronze medal by Jana Novotná. Later that year, Fernández was a member of the U.S. team that won the Fed Cup.

Fernández reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1997, losing to Martina Hingis 1-6, 3-6. In May, she won her first and only tier I tournament in Berlin, beating Jana Novotna in the semifinals and Mary Pierce in the final. At the end-of-year WTA Finals, she defeated world no. 2 Lindsay Davenport.

In 1999, she defeated Serena Williams in the third round of the French Open and in her last grand slam appearance she lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round of the US Open the same year.

She retired from the tour in 2000, having won a total of 24 titles:- seven WTA singles titles and 17 doubles titles.

Post Retirement

In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were nevertheless cleared to compete. Among those athletes was Fernández.[2]

Fernández coached the US Fed Cup team from 2008 to 2016 [3] and served as the woman's coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team in London.[4]

She currently works as an analyst and commentator for ESPN.[5]

Personal life

Fernández was born in the Dominican Republic; her parents were immigrants to the country. Her father José is from Asturias, Spain, and her mother Silvia Pino is from Cuba.[6] She completed her high school education at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida.[7]

In April 2000, Fernández married Anthony (Tony) Godsick, a sports agent with International Management Group.[8]. Monica Seles was a bridesmaid at the wedding.[9] They have two children.[10] Her husband is the current agent of Roger Federer.[11]

She has homes in Cleveland, Ohio, and Key Biscayne, Florida.[12]

Significant finals

Grand Slam tournaments

Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1990 Australian Open Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 3-6, 4-6
Runner-up 1992 Australian Open Hard Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Monica Seles 2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 1993 French Open Clay West Germany Steffi Graf 6-4, 2-6, 4-6

Women's doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1989 US Open Hard United States Pam Shriver Australia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 1990 Australian Open Hard United States Patty Fendick Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6-7(5-7), 6-7(6-8)
Winner 1991 Australian Open Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7-6(7-4), 6-1
Runner-up 1992 Australian Open Hard United States Zina Garrison Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4-6, 6-7(4-7)
Runner-up 1996 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5-7, 6-2, 4-6
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
2-6, 3-6

Olympics

Singles: 1 bronze medal

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Clay Tied DNP

Mary Joe Fernández lost in the semifinals to Steffi Graf 4-6, 2-6. In 1992, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semifinal players received bronze medals.

Doubles: 2 gold medals

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1992 Barcelona Clay United States Gigi Fernández Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Gold 1996 Atlanta Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7-6(9-7), 6-4

Year-end championships finals

Doubles: 1 title

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1996 New York Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-3, 6-2

WTA career finals

Singles: 16 (7-9)

Finals by surface
Hard (2-4)
Grass (0-1)
Clay (2-2)
Carpet (3-2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. October 9, 1989 Filderstadt Carpet (i) Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 6-7(5-7), 4-6
Runner-up 2. January 15, 1990 Australian Open Hard West Germany Steffi Graf 3-6, 4-6
Winner 1. September 24, 1990 Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Amy Frazier 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Winner 2. October 15, 1990 Filderstadt Carpet (i) Austria Barbara Paulus 6-1, 6-3
Runner-up 3. April 15, 1991 Houston Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 4-6, 3-6
Runner-up 4. September 16, 1991 Tokyo Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 1-6, 1-6
Runner-up 5. January 13, 1992 Australian Open Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 6. February 3, 1992 Essen Carpet (i) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles 0-6, 3-6
Winner 3. February 22, 1993 Indian Wells Hard South Africa Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(8-6)
Runner-up 7. May 24, 1993 French Open Clay Germany Steffi Graf 6-4, 2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 8. June 10, 1994 Sydney Hard Japan Kimiko Date 4-6, 2-6
Winner 4. May 16, 1994 Strasbourg Clay Argentina Gabriela Sabatini 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
Winner 5. February 27, 1995 Indian Wells Hard Belarus Natasha Zvereva 6-4, 6-3
Winner 6. October 16, 1995 Brighton Carpet (i) South Africa Amanda Coetzer 6-4, 7-5
Runner-up 9. June 17, 1996 Eastbourne Grass United States Monica Seles 0-6, 2-6
Winner 7. May 12, 1997 Berlin Clay France Mary Pierce 6-4, 6-2

Doubles: 43 (19-24)

Winner -- Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2-5)
WTA Tour Championships (1-0)
Olympic Games (2-0)
Tier I (2-5)
Tier II (8-11)
Tier III (4-3)
Tier IV (0-0)
Tier V (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (8-14)
Grass (0-1)
Clay (6-4)
Carpet (5-5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. January 30, 1989 Tokyo Carpet (i) West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison
3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5-7)
Runner-up 2. March 13, 1989 Boca Raton Hard United Kingdom Jo Durie Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4-6, 2-6
Runner-up 3. August 7, 1989 Los Angeles Hard West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch United States Martina Navratilova
Australia Wendy Turnbull
2-5 ret.
Runner-up 4. August 28, 1989 US Open Hard United States Pam Shriver Australia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
7-5, 4-6, 4-6
Winner 1. September 18, 1989 Dallas Carpet (i) United States Betsy Nagelsen United States Elise Burgin
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
7-6(7-5), 6-3
Runner-up 5. January 15, 1990 Australian Open Hard United States Patty Fendick Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6-7(5-7), 6-7(3-7)
Winner 2. September 24, 1990 Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Robin White United States Gigi Fernández
United States Martina Navratilova
4-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-4)
Winner 3. October 15, 1990 Filderstadt Carpet (i) United States Zina Garrison Argentina Mercedes Paz
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7-5, 6-3
Runner-up 6. November 5, 1990 Worcester Carpet (i) Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6-3, 3-6, 3-6
Winner 4. January 14, 1991 Australian Open Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7-6(7-4), 6-1
Runner-up 7. January 28, 1991 Tokyo Carpet (i) United States Robin White United States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6-4, 0-6, 3-6
Winner 5. March 15, 1991 Key Biscayne Hard United States Zina Garrison United States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7-5, 6-2
Runner-up 8. April 15, 1991 Houston Clay United States Patty Fendick Canada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
1-6, 6-2, 1-6
Winner 6. September 16, 1991 Tokyo Hard United States Pam Shriver United States Carrie Cunningham
Peru Laura Gildemeister
6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 9. November 11, 1991 Philadelphia Carpet (i) United States Zina Garrison Soviet Union Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
2-6, 4-6
Runner-up 10. January 6, 1992 Sydney Hard United States Zina Garrison Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6-7(4-7), 7-6(4-7), 2-6
Runner-up 11. January 13, 1992 Australian Open Hard United States Zina Garrison Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4-6, 6-7(3-7)
Runner-up 12. June 15, 1992 Eastbourne Grass United States Zina Garrison Latvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
0-6, 3-6
Winner 7. July 28, 1992 Olympics Clay United States Gigi Fernández Spain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7-5, 2-6, 6-2
Winner 8. September 21, 1992 Tokyo Hard United States Robin White Indonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Nana Miyagi
6-4, 6-4
Runner-up 13. Mary 3, 1993 Rome Clay United States Zina Garrison Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4-6, 2-6
Winner 9. May 17, 1993 Lucerne Clay Czech Republic Helena Suková United States Lindsay Davenport
United States Marianne Werdel
6-2, 6-4
Runner-up 14. October 17, 1994 Brighton Carpet (i) Czech Republic Jana Novotná Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6-4, 2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 15. January 9, 1995 Sydney Hard United States Patty Fendick United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
5-7, 6-2, 4-6
Winner 10. March 6, 1995 Delray Beach Hard Czech Republic Jana Novotná United States Lori McNeil
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6-2, 6-4
Winner 11. May 22, 1995 Strasbourg Clay United States Lindsay Davenport Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6-2, 6-3
Winner 12. September 18, 1995 Tokyo Hard United States Lindsay Davenport South Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Linda Wild
6-3, 6-2
Winner 13. January 8, 1996 Sydney Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6-3, 6-3
Runner-up 16. January 15, 1995 Australian Open Hard United States Lindsay Davenport United States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5-7, 6-2, 4-6
Runner-up 17. April 1, 1996 Hilton Head Island Clay United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2-6, 3-6
Winner 14. May 27, 1996 French Open Clay United States Lindsay Davenport United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6-2, 6-1
Winner 15. July 22, 1996 Olympics Hard United States Gigi Fernández Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7-6(8-6), 6-4
Runner-up 18. August 5, 1996 Montreal Hard Czech Republic Helena Suková Latvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-7(1-7), 1-6
Winner 16. November 4, 1996 Oakland Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Romania Irina Spîrlea
France Nathalie Tauziat
6-1, 6-3
Winner 17. November 18, 1996 Chase Championships Carpet (i) United States Lindsay Davenport Czech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6-3, 6-2
Winner 18. March 31, 1997 Hilton Head Island Clay Switzerland Martina Hingis United States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Winner 19. May 19, 1997 Madrid Clay Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Argentina Inés Gorrochategui
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6-3, 6-2
Runner-up 19. May 26, 1997 French Open Clay United States Lisa Raymond United States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
2-6, 3-6
Runner-up 20. August 10, 1998 Boston Hard South Africa Mariaan de Swardt United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 21. September 21, 1998 Tokyo Hard Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Russia Anna Kournikova
United States Monica Seles
4-6, 4-6
Runner-up 22. January 11, 1999 Sydney Hard Germany Anke Huber Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
3-6, 6-2, 0-6
Runner-up 23. March 3, 1999 Indian Wells Hard Czech Republic Jana Novotná Switzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
2-6, 2-6
Runner-up 24. March 18, 1999 Key Biscayne Hard United States Monica Seles Switzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6-0, 4-6, 6-7(1-7)

Grand Slam performance timeline

Singles

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
US 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
Career Statistics
Year-end ranking 99 27 20 15 12 4 8 6 7 14 8 16 10 76 38

Doubles

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR
Australian Open NH A A QF F W F QF QF QF F 2R A 2R 1 / 10
French Open A 1R A 2R A QF 1R 3R 3R SF W F A 2R 1 / 10
Wimbledon A 1R A A A SF QF SF 1R 1R QF QF A QF 0 / 9
US Open 1R 2R 2R F A SF QF A A A A 3R 3R QF 0 / 9
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 2 / 38
Career Statistics
Year-end ranking 131 85 63 8 6 5 11 15 26 10 5 16 89 26
  • NH = tournament not held.
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

References

  1. ^ O'Connor, Mary (January 25, 1991). "TENNIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN : Seles Saves Win Over Fernandez". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Olympics; Anti-doping official says U.S. covered up". New York Times. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Mary Joe Fernandez steps down as U.S. Fed Cup captain". Tennis.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Joanne C. Gerstner (June 4, 2012). "Mary Joe Fernandez to coach U.S." ESPN. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "ESPN Press Room: Mary Jo Fernandez". ESPN Press Room. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ McDermott, Barry (January 6, 1986). "Young Mary Joe Is On The Go". CNN (online). Sports Illustrated. SI Vault. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Murphy, Austin (February 11, 1991). "The Graduate". Sports Illustrated. p. 76.
  8. ^ Society Desk (April 9, 2000). "WEDDINGS; Mary Joe Fernandez, Anthony Godsick". New York Times. p. Section 9; Page 9; Column 1.
  9. ^ Drillman, Lisa (July 6, 2000). "0-0, She's Back". LA Times. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ Outlaw, Adrianna (September 16, 2004). "Mama Mary Joe Gives Birth to Second Child". Tennis Week Magazine.
  11. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/sports/tennis/federer-and-his-agent-start-their-own-firm-representing-athletes.html
  12. ^ "Womens Circuit Players". International Tennis Association. Retrieved 2011.

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