Mary Joe Fernández

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Mary Joe Fernández
Mary Joe Fernández at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Country United States
ResidenceMiami, Florida, U.S.
Born(1971-08-19) August 19, 1971 (age 42)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$5,258,471
Singles
Career record437–203
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 4 (October 22, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1990, 1992)
French OpenF (1993)
WimbledonSF (1991)
US OpenSF (1990, 1992)
Doubles
Career record344–141
Career titles19
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
ChampionshipsW (1996)
Olympic GamesGold medal.svg Gold medal (1992, 1996)
Last updated on: August 1, 2009.
 
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Mary Joe Fernández
Mary Joe Fernández at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Country United States
ResidenceMiami, Florida, U.S.
Born(1971-08-19) August 19, 1971 (age 42)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$5,258,471
Singles
Career record437–203
Career titles7
Highest rankingNo. 4 (October 22, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1990, 1992)
French OpenF (1993)
WimbledonSF (1991)
US OpenSF (1990, 1992)
Doubles
Career record344–141
Career titles19
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
ChampionshipsW (1996)
Olympic GamesGold medal.svg Gold medal (1992, 1996)
Last updated on: August 1, 2009.
Olympic medal record
Women's tennis
Competitor for the  United States
Gold1992 BarcelonaWomen's doubles
Gold1996 AtlantaWomen's doubles
Bronze1992 BarcelonaWomen'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[edit]

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 Sanchez 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[edit]

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[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (0 titles, 3 runner–ups)[edit]

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1990Australian OpenHardWest Germany Steffi Graf6–3, 6–4
Runner-up1992Australian OpenHardFlag of SFR Yugoslavia.svg Monica Seles6–2, 6–3
Runner-up1993French OpenClayWest Germany Steffi Graf4–6, 6–2, 6–4

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

OutcomeYearChampionshipSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up1989US OpenHardUnited States Pam ShriverAustralia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up1990Australian OpenHardUnited States Patty FendickCzechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
Winner1991Australian OpenHardUnited States Patty FendickUnited States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Runner-up1992Australian OpenHardUnited States Zina GarrisonSpain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up1996Australian OpenHardUnited States Lindsay DavenportUnited States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–4
Winner1996French OpenClayUnited States Lindsay DavenportUnited States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up1997French OpenClayUnited States Lisa RaymondUnited States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–3

Olympics[edit]

Singles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)[edit]

OutcomeYearLocationSurfaceOpponentScore
Bronze1992BarcelonaClayTiedDNP

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)[edit]

OutcomeYearLocationSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Gold1992BarcelonaClayUnited States Gigi FernándezSpain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 2–6, 6–2
Gold1996AtlantaHardUnited States Gigi FernándezCzech Republic Jana Novotná
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7–6(7), 6–4

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title, 0 runner–ups)[edit]

OutcomeYearLocationSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Winner1996New York CityCarpet (I)United States Lindsay DavenportCzech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2

WTA Tour Finals[edit]

Singles: 16 (7–9)[edit]

Titles by Surface
Hard (2–4)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (2–2)
Carpet (3–2)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfaceOpponentScore
Runner-up1.October 9, 1989West Germany FilderstadtCarpet (I)Argentina Gabriela Sabatini6–7(5), 4–6
Runner-up2.January 15, 1990Australia Australian OpenHardWest Germany Steffi Graf3–6, 4–6
Winner1.September 24, 1990Japan TokyoCarpet (I)United States Amy Frazier3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Winner2.October 15, 1990Germany FilderstadtCarpet (I)Austria Barbara Paulus6–1, 6–3
Runner-up3.April 15, 1991United States HoustonClaySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles4–6, 3–6
Runner-up4.September 16, 1991Japan TokyoHardSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles1–6, 1–6
Runner-up5.January 13, 1992Australia Australian OpenHardSocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles2–6, 3–6
Runner-up6.February 3, 1992Germany EssenCarpet (I)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles0–6, 3–6
Winner3.February 22, 1993United States Indian WellsHardSouth Africa Amanda Coetzer3–6, 6–1, 7–6(6)
Runner-up7.May 24, 1993France French OpenClayGermany Steffi Graf6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up8.June 10, 1994Australia SydneyHardJapan Kimiko Date4–6, 2–6
Winner4.May 16, 1994France StrasbourgClayArgentina Gabriela Sabatini2–6, 6–4, 6–0
Winner5.February 27, 1995United States Indian WellsHardBelarus Natasha Zvereva6–4, 6–3
Winner6.October 16, 1995United Kingdom BrightonCarpet (I)South Africa Amanda Coetzer6–4, 7–5
Runner-up9.June 17, 1996United Kingdom EastbourneGrassUnited States Monica Seles0–6, 2–6
Winner7.May 12, 1997Germany BerlinClayFrance Mary Pierce6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 43 (19–24)[edit]

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)
OutcomeNo.DateTournamentSurfacePartnerOpponentsScore
Runner-up1.January 30, 1989Japan TokyoCarpet (I)West Germany Claudia Kohde-KilschUnited States Katrina Adams
United States Zina Garrison
3–6, 6–3, 6–7(5)
Runner-up2.March 13, 1989United States Boca RatonHardUnited Kingdom Jo DurieCzechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4–6, 2–6
Runner-up3.August 7, 1989United States Los AngelesHardWest Germany Claudia Kohde-KilschUnited States Martina Navratilova
Australia Wendy Turnbull
2–5 ret.
Runner-up4.August 28, 1989United States US OpenHardUnited States Pam ShriverAustralia Hana Mandlíková
United States Martina Navratilova
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Winner1.September 18, 1989United States DallasCarpet (I)United States Betsy NagelsenUnited States Elise Burgin
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
7–6(5), 6–3
Runner-up5.January 15, 1990Australia Australian OpenHardUnited States Patty FendickCzechoslovakia Jana Novotná
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–7(5), 6–7(3)
Winner2.September 24, 1990Japan TokyoCarpet (I)United States Robin WhiteUnited States Gigi Fernández
United States Martina Navratilova
4–6, 6–3, 7–6(4)
Winner3.October 15, 1990West Germany FilderstadtCarpet (I)United States Zina GarrisonArgentina Mercedes Paz
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up6.November 5, 1990United States WorcesterCarpet (I)Czechoslovakia Jana NovotnáUnited States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Winner4.January 14, 1991Australia Australian OpenHardUnited States Patty FendickUnited States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7–6(4), 6–1
Runner-up7.January 28, 1991Japan TokyoCarpet (I)United States Robin WhiteUnited States Kathy Jordan
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 0–6, 3–6
Winner5.March 15, 1991United States Key BiscayneHardUnited States Zina GarrisonUnited States Gigi Fernández
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
7–5, 6–2
Runner-up8.April 15, 1991United States HoustonClayUnited States Patty FendickCanada Jill Hetherington
United States Kathy Rinaldi
1–6, 6–2, 1–6
Winner6.September 16, 1991Japan TokyoHardUnited States Pam ShriverUnited States Carrie Cunningham
Peru Laura Gildemeister
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up9.November 11, 1991United States PhiladelphiaCarpet (I)United States Zina GarrisonSoviet Union Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
2–6, 4–6
Runner-up10.January 6, 1992Australia SydneyHardUnited States Zina GarrisonSpain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–7(4), 7–6(4), 2–6
Runner-up11.January 13, 1992Australia Australian OpenHardUnited States Zina GarrisonSpain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
4–6, 6–7(3)
Runner-up12.June 15, 1992United Kingdom EastbourneGrassUnited States Zina GarrisonLatvia Larisa Neiland
Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
0–6, 3–6
Winner7.July 28, 1992Spain OlympicsClayUnited States Gigi FernándezSpain Conchita Martínez
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Winner8.September 21, 1992Japan TokyoHardUnited States Robin WhiteIndonesia Yayuk Basuki
Japan Nana Miyagi
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up13.Mary 3, 1993Italy RomeClayUnited States Zina GarrisonCzech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 2–6
Winner9.May 17, 1993Switzerland LucerneClayCzech Republic Helena SukováUnited States Lindsay Davenport
United States Marianne Werdel
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up14.October 17, 1994United Kingdom BrightonCarpet (I)Czech Republic Jana NovotnáNetherlands Manon Bollegraf
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Runner-up15.January 9, 1995Australia SydneyHardUnited States Patty FendickUnited States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Winner10.March 6, 1995United States Delray BeachHardCzech Republic Jana NovotnáUnited States Lori McNeil
Latvia Larisa Neiland
6–2, 6–4
Winner11.May 22, 1995France StrasbourgClayUnited States Lindsay DavenportBelgium Sabine Appelmans
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6–2, 6–3
Winner12.September 18, 1995Japan TokyoHardUnited States Lindsay DavenportSouth Africa Amanda Coetzer
United States Linda Wild
6–3, 6–2
Winner13.January 8, 1996Australia SydneyHardUnited States Lindsay DavenportUnited States Lori McNeil
Czech Republic Helena Suková
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up16.January 15, 1995Australia Australian OpenHardUnited States Lindsay DavenportUnited States Chanda Rubin
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Runner-up17.April 1, 1996United States Hilton Head IslandClayUnited States Gigi FernándezCzech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 3–6
Winner14.May 27, 1996France French OpenClayUnited States Lindsay DavenportUnited States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Winner15.July 22, 1996United States OlympicsHardUnited States Gigi FernándezCzech Republic Jana Novotná
Czech Republic Helena Suková
7–6(6), 6–4
Runner-up18.August 5, 1996Canada MontrealHardCzech Republic Helena SukováLatvia Larisa Neiland
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(1), 1–6
Winner16.November 4, 1996United States OaklandCarpet (I)United States Lindsay DavenportRomania Irina Spîrlea
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–3
Winner17.November 18, 1996United States Chase ChampionshipsCarpet (I)United States Lindsay DavenportCzech Republic Jana Novotná
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Winner18.March 31, 1997United States Hilton Head IslandClaySwitzerland Martina HingisUnited States Lindsay Davenport
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
Winner19.May 19, 1997Spain MadridClaySpain Arantxa Sánchez VicarioArgentina Inés Gorrochategui
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up19.May 26, 1997France French OpenClayUnited States Lisa RaymondUnited States Gigi Fernández
Belarus Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 3–6
Runner-up20.August 10, 1998United States BostonHardSouth Africa Mariaan de SwardtUnited States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up21.September 21, 1998Japan TokyoHardSpain Arantxa Sánchez VicarioRussia Anna Kournikova
United States Monica Seles
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up22.January 11, 1999Australia SydneyHardGermany Anke HuberRussia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
3–6, 6–2, 0–6
Runner-up23.March 3, 1999United States Indian WellsHardCzech Republic Jana NovotnáSwitzerland Martina Hingis
Russia Anna Kournikova
2–6, 2–6
Runner-up24.March 18, 1999United States Key BiscayneHardUnited States Monica SelesSwitzerland Martina Hingis
Czech Republic Jana Novotná
6–0, 4–6, 6–7(1)

Grand Slam performance timeline[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999Career SR
Australian OpenANHAA3RFSFFQF4R4R4RSFA3R0 / 10
French Open1RQF2RASFQFQF3RF3R1R4RQFA4R0 / 13
WimbledonA1R4R4R4RASF3R3R3RQFQF4RA1R0 / 12
U.S. Open2R3R3R3R1RSF3RSFA3RQFA4R3R4R0 / 13
SR0 / 20 / 30 / 30 / 20 / 40 / 30 / 40 / 40 / 30 / 40 / 40 / 30 / 40 / 10 / 40 / 48
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking9927201512486714816107638

Doubles[edit]

Tournament19861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999Career SR
Australian OpenNHAAQFFWFQFQFQFF2RA2R1 / 10
French OpenA1RA2RAQF1R3R3RSFWFA2R1 / 10
WimbledonA1RAAASFQFSF1R1RQFQFAQF0 / 9
U.S. Open1R2R2RFASFQFAAAA3R3RQF0 / 9
SR0 / 10 / 30 / 10 / 30 / 11 / 40 / 40 / 30 / 30 / 31 / 30 / 40 / 10 / 42 / 38
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking1318563865111526105168926

References[edit]

  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[edit]