Lisa Bonder
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Lisa Bonder
Lisa Bonder
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
Born (1965-10-16) October 16, 1965 (age 55)
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Turned proJune 21, 1982
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$212,395
Career record139-126
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 9 (August 20, 1984)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1985)
French OpenQF (1984)
Wimbledon4R (1984)
US Open4R (1983, 1984)
Career record30-70
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 158 (December 21, 1986)

Lisa Bonder (born October 16, 1965), also known as Lisa Bonder-Kreiss or Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian, is a retired professional tennis player from the U.S. During her career she won four singles titles on the WTA circuit and reached a highest ranking of No. 9 in August 1984.


Bonder played on the WTA tour from 1981 to 1991 and won four titles before retiring, the first in 1982 in Hamburg, West Germany, and then three tournaments in Tokyo from 1982 to 1983.[1] She reached the fourth round of the US Open in 1983 and 1984 and at Wimbledon in 1984. She also reached a quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 1984, defeating Corinne Vanier, Vicki Nelson, Amy Holton and former champion Virginia Ruzici before losing to Camille Benjamin. Notable career victories include wins over Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Andrea Jaeger. Bonder reached a career high ranking of no. 9, and retired with a 139-126 win/loss record.[2]

Personal life


Born in Columbus, Ohio to Seth and Julia Bonder, who later divorced, she was raised in Saline, Michigan.[3] Her father Seth, an American engineer who founded Vector Research, Inc., was born in the Bronx to Russian emigrants who worked in the garment district.[4]


Bonder was involved in a high-profile child support lawsuit with her ex-husband of 28 days, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. Kerkorian, 48 years her senior, suspected that Steve Bing, Bonder's ex-boyfriend, was the father of her daughter. Kerkorian hired "private eye to the stars", Anthony Pellicano, during the dispute. Pellicano took used dental floss from Bing's discarded waste to obtain DNA paternity testing, succeeding in confirming that Bing was the father.[5] Pellicano also wiretapped Bonder's phone calls. Pellicano subsequently was convicted on various charges, including wiretapping and racketeering, involving this and many other cases, and he received a 15-year prison sentence. One of Kerkorian's attorneys was also convicted of racketeering for hiring Pellicano to tap Bonder's phone, and received a three-year prison sentence which was confirmed on appeal.[6]

Change of name

She married Tom Kreiss on 10 January 1988, and changed her surname to Bonder-Kreiss.[7] She divorced Kreiss to marry Kirk Kerkorian in 1999 then was divorced again less than one month later.

WTA Career finals

Singles: 5 (4-1)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Virginia Slims (4-1)
Finals by surface
Hard (2-0)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (1-1)
Carpet (1-0)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1-0 Jul 1982 Hamburg, West Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová 6-3, 6-2
Win 2-0 Oct 1982 Tokyo, Japan Hard United States Shelley Solomon 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
Win 3-0 Sep 1983 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i) United States Andrea Jaeger 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
Win 4-0 Oct 1983 Tokyo, Japan Hard Peru Laura Arraya 6-1, 6-3
Loss 4-1 Aug 1984 Indianapolis, US Clay Bulgaria Manuela Maleeva 4-6, 3-6

Doubles: 1 (0-1)

Grand Slam tournaments (0-0)
WTA Tour Championships (0-0)
Virginia Slims (0-0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0-1)
Grass (0-0)
Clay (0-0)
Carpet (0-0)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0-1 Nov 1985 Tampa, US Hard Peru Laura Gildemeister Canada Carling Bassett
Argentina Gabriela Sabatini
0-6, 0-6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A 2R NH A A A A A 0 / 1
French Open A 3R 3R QF 2R 3R 2R 1R A A A 0 / 7
Wimbledon A 1R 4R 3R 1R 2R 1R A A A 1R 0 / 7
US Open 1R 2R 4R 4R 2R 3R 3R 1R A A 1R 0 / 9
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 2 0 / 24
Year-end ranking 122 41 34 16 36 55 49 126 300 303 110


  1. ^ "Sony Ericsson WTA Tour". Archived from the original on 2009-07-15.
  2. ^ "ITF Lisa Bonder-Kreiss (USA)". Retrieved .
  3. ^ Katz, Jesse (September 2002). "The Game of Love". Los Angeles Magazine: 71.
  4. ^ Cherry, W. Peter (2011). "Seth Bonder". In Assad, Arjang A.; Gass, Saul L. (eds.). Profiles in Operations Research. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. 147. Springer. pp. 739-752. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-6281-2_41. ISBN 978-1-4419-6280-5.
  5. ^ "Divorce And Dollars". Forbes. September 27, 2002. Retrieved 2008.
  6. ^ Johnson, Ted (August 25, 2015). "Anthony Pellicano Faces Re-Sentencing After Court Overturns Convictions". Variety. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "More on Bonder-Kreiss..." Women's Tennis Association.

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