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Mary Joe Fernández

Mary Joe Fernández
File:Mary Joe Fernández at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Country 23x15px United States
Residence Miami, Florida, U.S.
Born (1971-08-19) August 19, 1971 (age 48)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height Script error: No such module "convert".
Turned pro 1986
Retired 2000
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$5,258,471
Singles
Career record 437–203
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 4 (October 22, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1990, 1992)
French Open F (1993)
Wimbledon SF (1991)
US Open SF (1990, 1992)
Olympic Games 20px Bronze medal (1992)
Doubles
Career record 344–141
Career titles 19
Highest ranking No. 4 (February 18, 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1991)
French Open W (1996)
Wimbledon SF (1991, 1993)
US Open F (1989)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (1996)
Olympic Games 20px Gold medal (1992, 1996)
Last updated on: August 1, 2009.
Olympic medal record
Women's tennis
Competitor for the 23x15px United States
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Women's singles

Mary Joe Fernández Godsick (born María José Fernández, August 19, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player. She was the runner-up in three Grand Slam singles tournaments and won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles and 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 8 days, Mary Joe became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round.

Fernández turned professional in 1986. She won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering Betsy Nagelsen. Her first top-level singles title came in 1990 at the Tokyo Indoor championships. She reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated by Steffi Graf. She finished 1990 ranked a career-high World No. 4 in singles.

In 1991, Fernández teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Open. She was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1992, this time losing to Monica Seles. Fernández was selected to represent the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, winning a gold medal in women's doubles (with Gigi Fernández) and a bronze medal in singles.

In the quarterfinals of the 1993 French Open, Mary Joe Fernández staged a dramatic comeback against Sabatini after Sabatini took a 6–1, 5–1 lead. But Mary Joe raised the level of her game and saved five match points in the 2nd set before winning a tiebreak. In the 3rd set, Mary Joe finally got rid of Sabatini by hitting a down the line winner, ending the 3-hour, 36-minute marathon by a final score of 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8. She then faced second seeded Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals. Mary Joe defeated Arantxa 6–2, 6–2, ending a three match losing streak against the Spaniard. After the heroics against Sabatini in the quarterfinals, followed by her easy win over Arantxa in the semis, Mary Joe's opponent in the final would be top seeded Steffi Graf of Germany. In their nine previous meetings, Mary Joe had lost each time against Steffi. Mary Joe took the opening set 6–4, but Steffi rallied to win by a final score of 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. Revealing the fact she had reached the climax of her career when she was 22 (she defeated Steffi Graf in the first set of French Open final).

Fernández 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, where 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 won her final tour singles title in 1997 at the German Open in Berlin. Her final doubles title also came that year in Madrid. She retired from the tour in 2000, having won 7 singles titles, 17 WTA doubles titles, and 2 ITF women's doubles titles.

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. [1]

Since retiring from the tour, Mary Joe Fernández has served as a tennis commentator for ESPN and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the 2005 U.S. Open. She also coaches the U.S. Fed Cup team and served as the woman's coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team in London.[2]

Personal

Mary Joe was born in the Dominican Republic; her parents were immigrants to the country. Her father José is from Spain and her mother Silvia Pino is from Cuba.[3]

She completed her high school education at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, in Miami, Florida.

On 8 April 2000 in Miami, Mary Joe married Anthony Lewisohn (Tony) Godsick, a sports agent with International Management Group.[4] They have two children: Isabella Maria (born December 11, 2001) and Nicholas Cooper (born September 15, 2004).[5] She has homes in Cleveland, Ohio, and Key Biscayne, Florida.[6]

Significant finals

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 3 (0 titles, 3 runner–ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1990 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Steffi Graf 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1992 Australian Open Hard 25px Monica Seles 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 1993 French Open Clay 23x15px Steffi Graf 6–4, 2–6, 4–6

Women's doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runner–ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1989 US Open Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Hana Mandlíková
23x15px Martina Navratilova
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 1990 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Patty Fendick 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)
Winner 1991 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Patty Fendick 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Runner-up 1992 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
23x15px Helena Suková
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 1996 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Chanda Rubin
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 1996 French Open Clay 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 1997 French Open Clay 23x15px Lisa Raymond 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 3–6

Olympics

Singles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)

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

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

Doubles: 2 medals (2 gold medals)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1992 Barcelona Clay 23x15px Gigi Fernández 23x15px Conchita Martínez
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Gold 1996 Atlanta Hard 23x15px Gigi Fernández 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
7–6(9–7), 6–4

Year-End Championships finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title, 0 runner–ups)

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1996 New York City Carpet (I) 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2

WTA Tour Finals

Singles: 16 (7–9)

Titles 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 23x15px Filderstadt Carpet (I) 23x15px Gabriela Sabatini 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Runner-up 2. January 15, 1990 23x15px Australian Open Hard 23x15px Steffi Graf 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. September 24, 1990 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Carpet (I) 23x15px Amy Frazier 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 2. October 15, 1990 23x15px Filderstadt Carpet (I) 23x15px Barbara Paulus 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 3. April 15, 1991 23x15px Houston Clay 23x15px Monica Seles 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 4. September 16, 1991 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Hard 23x15px Monica Seles 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5. January 13, 1992 23x15px Australian Open Hard 23x15px Monica Seles 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. February 3, 1992 23x15px Essen Carpet (I) 23x15px Monica Seles 0–6, 3–6
Winner 3. February 22, 1993 23x15px Indian Wells Hard 23x15px Amanda Coetzer 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 7. May 24, 1993 23x15px French Open Clay 23x15px Steffi Graf 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. June 10, 1994 23x15px Sydney Hard Template:Country data JPN Kimiko Date 4–6, 2–6
Winner 4. May 16, 1994 23x15px Strasbourg Clay 23x15px Gabriela Sabatini 2–6, 6–4, 6–0
Winner 5. February 27, 1995 23x15px Indian Wells Hard 23x15px Natasha Zvereva 6–4, 6–3
Winner 6. October 16, 1995 23x15px Brighton Carpet (I) 23x15px Amanda Coetzer 6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 9. June 17, 1996 23x15px Eastbourne Grass 23x15px Monica Seles 0–6, 2–6
Winner 7. May 12, 1997 23x15px Berlin Clay 23x15px 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)
Titles 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 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Carpet (I) 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 23x15px Katrina Adams
23x15px Zina Garrison
3–6, 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 2. March 13, 1989 23x15px Boca Raton Hard 23x15px Jo Durie 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. August 7, 1989 23x15px Los Angeles Hard 23x15px Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 23x15px Martina Navratilova
23x15px Wendy Turnbull
2–5 ret.
Runner-up 4. August 28, 1989 23x15px US Open Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Hana Mandlíková
23x15px Martina Navratilova
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Winner 1. September 18, 1989 23x15px Dallas Carpet (I) 23x15px Betsy Nagelsen 23x15px Elise Burgin
23x15px Rosalyn Fairbank
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Runner-up 5. January 15, 1990 23x15px Australian Open Hard 23x15px Patty Fendick 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Winner 2. September 24, 1990 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Carpet (I) 23x15px Robin White 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Martina Navratilova
4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 3. October 15, 1990 23x15px Filderstadt Carpet (I) 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Mercedes Paz
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 6. November 5, 1990 23x15px Worcester Carpet (I) 23x15px Jana Novotná 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Helena Suková
6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 4. January 14, 1991 23x15px Australian Open Hard 23x15px Patty Fendick 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Runner-up 7. January 28, 1991 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Carpet (I) 23x15px Robin White 23x15px Kathy Jordan
23x15px Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 0–6, 3–6
Winner 5. March 15, 1991 23x15px Key Biscayne Hard 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Jana Novotná
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 8. April 15, 1991 23x15px Houston Clay 23x15px Patty Fendick 23x15px Jill Hetherington
23x15px Kathy Rinaldi
1–6, 6–2, 1–6
Winner 6. September 16, 1991 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Hard 23x15px Pam Shriver 23x15px Carrie Cunningham
23x15px Laura Gildemeister
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 9. November 11, 1991 23x15px Philadelphia Carpet (I) 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Larisa Neiland
23x15px Jana Novotná
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 10. January 6, 1992 23x15px Sydney Hard 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
23x15px Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 7–6(4–7), 2–6
Runner-up 11. January 13, 1992 23x15px Australian Open Hard 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
23x15px Helena Suková
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 12. June 15, 1992 23x15px Eastbourne Grass 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Larisa Neiland
23x15px Jana Novotná
0–6, 3–6
Winner 7. July 28, 1992 23x15px Olympics Clay 23x15px Gigi Fernández 23x15px Conchita Martínez
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Winner 8. September 21, 1992 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Hard 23x15px Robin White
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    Template:Country data JPN Nana Miyagi
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 13. Mary 3, 1993 23x15px Rome Clay 23x15px Zina Garrison 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 2–6
Winner 9. May 17, 1993 23x16px Lucerne Clay 23x15px Helena Suková 23x15px Lindsay Davenport
23x15px Marianne Werdel
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 14. October 17, 1994 23x15px Brighton Carpet (I) 23x15px Jana Novotná 23x15px Manon Bollegraf
23x15px Larisa Neiland
6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 15. January 9, 1995 23x15px Sydney Hard 23x15px Patty Fendick 23x15px Lindsay Davenport
23x15px Jana Novotná
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Winner 10. March 6, 1995 23x15px Delray Beach Hard 23x15px Jana Novotná 23x15px Lori McNeil
23x15px Larisa Neiland
6–2, 6–4
Winner 11. May 22, 1995 23x15px Strasbourg Clay 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Sabine Appelmans
23x15px Miriam Oremans
6–2, 6–3
Winner 12. September 18, 1995 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Hard 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Amanda Coetzer
23x15px Linda Wild
6–3, 6–2
Winner 13. January 8, 1996 23x15px Sydney Hard 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Lori McNeil
23x15px Helena Suková
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 16. January 15, 1995 23x15px Australian Open Hard 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Chanda Rubin
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up 17. April 1, 1996 23x15px Hilton Head Island Clay 23x15px Gigi Fernández 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 3–6
Winner 14. May 27, 1996 23x15px French Open Clay 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Winner 15. July 22, 1996 23x15px Olympics Hard 23x15px Gigi Fernández 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Helena Suková
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Runner-up 18. August 5, 1996 23x15px Montreal Hard 23x15px Helena Suková 23x15px Larisa Neiland
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(1–7), 1–6
Winner 16. November 4, 1996 23x15px Oakland Carpet (I) 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Irina Spîrlea
23x15px Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–3
Winner 17. November 18, 1996 23x15px Chase Championships Carpet (I) 23x15px Lindsay Davenport 23x15px Jana Novotná
23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Winner 18. March 31, 1997 23x15px Hilton Head Island Clay 23x16px Martina Hingis 23x15px Lindsay Davenport
23x15px Jana Novotná
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 19. May 19, 1997 23x15px Madrid Clay 23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 23x15px Inés Gorrochategui
23x15px Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 19. May 26, 1997 23x15px French Open Clay 23x15px Lisa Raymond 23x15px Gigi Fernández
23x15px Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up 20. August 10, 1998 23x15px Boston Hard 23x15px Mariaan de Swardt 23x15px Lisa Raymond
23x15px Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 21. September 21, 1998 Template:Country data JPN Tokyo Hard 23x15px Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 23x15px Anna Kournikova
23x15px Monica Seles
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 22. January 11, 1999 23x15px Sydney Hard 23x15px Anke Huber 23x15px Elena Likhovtseva
Template:Country data JPN Ai Sugiyama
3–6, 6–2, 0–6
Runner-up 23. March 3, 1999 23x15px Indian Wells Hard 23x15px Jana Novotná 23x16px Martina Hingis
23x15px Anna Kournikova
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up 24. March 18, 1999 23x15px Key Biscayne Hard 23x15px Monica Seles 23x16px Martina Hingis
23x15px 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
U.S. 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
U.S. 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. ^ "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Joanne C. Gerstner (June 4, 2012). "Mary Joe Fernandez to coach U.S.". ESPN. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Mary Joe Fernandez
  4. ^ Society Desk (April 9, 2000). "WEDDINGS; Mary Joe Fernandez, Anthony Godsick". New York Times. p. Section 9; Page 9; Column 1. 
  5. ^ Outlaw, Adrianna (September 16, 2004). "Mama Mary Joe Gives Birth to Second Child". Tennis Week Magazine. 
  6. ^ "Womens Circuit Players". International Tennis Association. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

External links

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