Stacy Margolin
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Stacy Margolin
Stacy Margolin
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceOjai, California, U.S.
Born (1959-04-05) April 5, 1959 (age 61)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Turned pro1979 (age 19)
PlaysLeft-handed
Prize moneyUS$149,689[1]
Singles
Career record63-92 (40.6%)
Career titles1 WTA, 0 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 18 (1979)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1982)
Wimbledon3R (1980)
US Open4R (1978)
Doubles
Career record30-94 (24.2%)
Career titles0 WTA, 0 ITF
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open3R (1981)
Wimbledon2R (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983)
US Open2R (1979, 1980, 1984)

Stacy Margolin (born April 5, 1959) is a former American professional tennis player in the WTA tour and the ITF world tour from 1979 to 1987 whose career-high world singles ranking is No. 18 (career-high end of season ranking of No. 25 in 1979).[2][3] In her eight professional seasons, Margolin competed in a total of twenty-five grand slam championships, which includes several appearances at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open.[3]

Margolin was a talented junior player, competing in numerous national tournaments, including multiple appearances at the Ojai Tennis Tournament.[4] She played for the University of Southern California during her collegiate career and led the Trojans to a national championship.[3][5] In her 192 career singles matches and 124 career doubles matches, Margolin won one title and has partnered with other notable players such as John McEnroe and Anne White.[6]

Early life

Beginning when she was 10 years old, Margolin played in numerous USTA junior tournaments, achieving a rank of No. 6 in the Under-12 division in Southern California. She was ranked No. 17 in the nation after competing in the USTA Under-14 Junior Tennis Team National Competition. In 1975, she reached the No. 1 rank in Southern California Girls Under-16 and continue to win the U.S. Under-18 Indoor Championship in 1976 and become the No. 1 Southern California Girls Under-18 and No. 5 U.S. Girls Under-18. Margolin would win the Ojai Tennis Tournament, the country's oldest amateur tennis tournament, seven times -- U14s, U16s, U18s, Doubles, Women's Open (twice), and Collegiate Division.[3][4]

High school and collegiate career

At Beverly Hills High School, Margolin was not only the No. 1 women's singles player, but joined the men's varsity tennis team and became their No. 1 player as well.

She would then go on to be No. 1 women's singles player at the University of Southern California, where she went undefeated during her freshman and sophomore years in their dual home matches. She helped lead the USC Trojans to a USTA (1978) and an AIAW (1979) national team title. Margolin would become a two-time Collegiate All-American during those two years. As a freshman, she would become the USTA Collegiate Singles Champion.[3][5][7]

Professional career

In 1977, Margolin was the U.S. 21-and-Under Champion and was a member of the U.S. Team participating in the Junior Wightman Cup. She won the Ojai Tennis Tournament in women's singles.[8] Additionally, she was the runner-up to Tracy Austin at Avon Championships of Portland. At the 1977 Maccabiah Games in Israel -- a competition for Jewish athletes -- Margolin won gold, silver, and bronze medals at various tennis events.

In 1978, she was the U.S. 21-and-under Amateur Hard Court Champion as well as a U.S. Team Member in the Federation Cup held in the United Kingdom. Margolin went on to defeat Tracy Austin to become the Women's Southern California Sectional Champion and was the Southern California Sectional Mixed Doubles Champion with her brother, Mike Margolin. Margolin won her first and only tour championship, the 1978 WTA's Women in Tennis International Singles Champion held in San Antonio, Texas.[3]

After turning professional in 1979, she reached a career-high No. 18 world ranking and finished the 1979 season ranked No. 25. Margolin was consistently ranked in the top 40 between 1980 and 1984, and would go on to be a Wimbledon Plate quarter finalist and a semi-finalist in the Wells Fargo Open in San Diego. She continued to compete on the tour and participate in 25 grand slam championships, including the 1978 Wimbledon and U.S. Open mixed doubles, in which she was partnered with John McEnroe.[3][7][2] In 1988 she again won the Ojai Tennis Tournament in women's singles.[9]

Personal life

After retiring from professional match play, Margolin earned a sociology degree from UCLA and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She became the Head Tennis Director of the Youth and Adult Recreation Department in Ojai, California, from 1995 to 1998. She then became a nutrition and wellness consultant/lecturer at the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, and was the head tennis coach of the boys and girls teams at the Thatcher School. Margolin self-published a book of poetry called Thoughts Allowed ... A Journey into a Woman's Mind, Heart & Soul in 2009. Currently, she works with her husband as a health coach in their hiking, biking, rock climbing, and tennis company, Trails by Potter.[3][4]

Awards

Margolin won the Tennis Teaching Pro Outstanding Service Award from 1986 to 1989. She was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 as well as the Beverly Hills High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. She entered the ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.[7][5][3]

WTA Tour finals

Singles (1-0)

Result    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Winner September, 1978 San Antonio, United States Series (A) Hard South Africa Yvonne Vermaak 7-5, 6-1

Grand Slam record

Singles

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1977 - - - 2nd Round Florenta Mihai
1978 - - 2nd Round Betty Stöve 4th Round Virginia Ruzici
1979 - - 2nd Round Wendy White 3rd Round Billie Jean King
1980 - 1st Round Jeanne DuVall 3rd Round Dianne Fromholtz 3rd Round Renáta Tomanová
1981 - 2nd Round Eva Pfaff 1st Round Nina Bohm 1st Round Jeanne DuVall
1982 - 3rd Round Ivanna Madruga 1st Round Kathy Rinaldi 1st Round Heather Crowe

The result is on the right. The final opponent is on the left.

Grand Slam Doubles

The result is on the right. The partner is below the result. The final opponent is on the left.

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles

Year Australian Open French Open Wimbledon US Open
1977 - - - 1st Round

Trey Waltke

Kerry Reid

Grover Reid

1978 - - 2nd Round

John McEnroe

Ilana Kloss

Chris Kachel

3rd Round

John McEnroe

Anne Smith

Stan Smith

1979 - - - 1st Round

Mike Margolin

Betty Stöve

Frew McMillan

1980 - 1st Round

F. Buehning

Leslie Allen

C. Lewis

- 1st Round

Mike Margolin

B. Jordan

Tracy Delatte

1981 - - - 1st Round

Mike Margolin

Bettina Bunge

Dick Stockton

1982 - - 2nd Round

Chris Dunk

Anne White

Chip Hooper

-
1984 - 1st Round

Sean Brawley

M. Maleeva

Mike Leach

- -

The result is on the right. The partner is below the result. The final opponent is on the left.

Charity work

Margolin organized the first Ojai Tennis Marathon in 2000, an event in which participants attempt to play fifty games of tennis in a single day to raise funding for the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, of which Margolin's husband, Ian Potter, is on the board of directors. Margolin continues to organize the tennis marathon event as of 2015.[10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Stacy Margolin Career Statistics". Women's Tennis Association. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "Wikiwix's cache" (PDF). archive.wikiwix.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-10-10. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "STACY MARGOLIN POTTER". ITA Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c http://theojai.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Ojai-Tennis-Program-web.pdf
  5. ^ a b c Posts, Test (2014-11-08). "Margolin Potter & Morse Bennett - Women's Collegiate Inductees | USTA Southern California Tennis News". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Stacey Margolin". www.itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation. Retrieved .
  7. ^ a b c "Former USC national champion inducted into national hall of fame". USC News. 2014-06-03. Retrieved .
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  10. ^ DAVIS, GAIL (2000-11-05). "Youth Group to Hold Tennis Marathon". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Staff & Board". Ojai Valley Youth Foundation. Retrieved .

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