Wendy White (tennis)
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Wendy White Tennis
Wendy White
Country (sports) United States
Born (1960-09-29) September 29, 1960 (age 61)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Career record220-214
Career titles1
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1982)
French Open3R (1983)
Wimbledon3R (1979, 1981, 1983, 1985)
US Open3R (1979, 1980, 1982)
Career record152-173
Career titles3
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1981, 1983, 1984)
Wimbledon3R (1981-82, 1984, 1989-90)
US OpenQF (1978, 1983)

Wendy White-Prausa (born 29 September 1960) is a former professional tennis player.[1]

Early life and education

White was born in 1960 in the state of Georgia. When she was 8, she learned to play tennis at a summer camp. White became a dominant junior player in her state and on the sectional and national levels. From 1977 to 1978, she won or was a finalist in over 30 national junior and amateur championships. In 1978, she was offered a full scholarship to Rollins College. In 1980, she was named Collegiate Player of the Year by Tennis.[2] She won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's top collegiate tennis player in 1980.[3][4] After winning the AIAW National Championship (the NCAA did not hold tennis championship for women players until 1982), White turned pro in 1980 as a sophomore. She is the only woman tennis player to turn professional and still graduate on time from college.[5]


White played on the WTA tour from 1978 to 1990. She won a singles title at the Virginia Slims of Kansas in 1986 and a doubles title at the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in 1990, and twice reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open doubles. She attained career-high rankings of #28 in singles on August 3, 1987 and #18 in doubles on September 10, 1990.

Career finals

Singles (1 title, 1 runner up)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 January 1986 Virginia Slims of Kansas, U.S. Carpet (i) United States Betsy Nagelsen 6-1, 6-7(5-7), 6-2
Loss 1-1 July 1987 Virginia Slims of Newport, U.S. Grass United States Pam Shriver 2-6, 4-6


After retiring in 1992, White continued to coach and play. She has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1988). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1988. London: Willow Books. p. 370. ISBN 9780002182690.
  2. ^ Inductees ITA Hall of Fame, accessed January 21, 2016
  3. ^ "ITA WHOF Class of 2008". www.itatennis.co. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Tennis". CWSA. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Dean Hybl (August 25, 2009). "Rollins College women's tennis: small school with a big tradition". Sports Then and Now.

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