Wendy Turnbull Player Profile
|Date and place of birth:||November 26, 1952 in Brisbane, Australia|
|Citizenship or Nationality:||Australia|
|Date of most recent ranking and highest rank obtained||Highest World Ranking #3 on January/February, 1985||Wendy Turnbull was ranked in the Top 10 from 1977-1984, and in the Top 20 for ten consecutive years (1977-1986).|
GRAND SLAM RECORD
|Australian Open||Singles Finalist||1980|
|Doubles Finalist||1983, 1988|
|French Open||Singles Finalist||1979|
|Mixed Doubles Winner||1979, 1982|
|Doubles Finalist||1979, 1980,1983,1986|
|Mixed Doubles Winner||1983, 1984|
|US Open||Singles Finalist||1977|
|Doubles Winner||1979, 1982|
|Doubles Finalist||1978, 1981, 1984, 1986|
|Mixed Doubles Winner||1980|
|Italian Open||Doubles Winner||1979|
|Colgate Series Championships||Doubles Winner||1981|
|Virginia Slims Championships||Doubles Winner||1986|
|Australian Fed Cup||Team Member||1977-1988||Captain/Coach||1985-1993||Singles Record: 17-8||Doubles Record: 29-8|
|Australian Olympic Team||Women’s Tennis Coach||1992|
She represented Australia in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, winning a Bronze medal in doubles. Winner of 13 career singles titles and 55 career doubles titles and 5 mixed doubles titles.
SPECIAL HONORS AND AWARDS
|Most Excellent Order of the British Empire||1984|
|Australian Sportswoman of the Year||1983|
|WTA’s “Most Improved Player”||1977|
|WTA’s “Player Service Award”||1990|
|WTA’s “Honorary Membership Award”||1994|
Wendy Turnbull Park dedicated in her honor in Sandgate, Australia in 1993
She was invited to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay in Queensland during the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia.
Wendy served on the Women’s Tennis Association Board of Directors for many years(1975-1992), as both a member of the Board as well as an officer (Finance Committee 1980-1981 & Executive Committee 1981 & Vice President 1989/90). Player Board members are elected by a vote of their peers, and Wendy’s many years of service on the Board are a testament to the confidence and trust her fellow players had in her by electing her year after year. She was also one of the two WTA Player Representatives to the Women’s Tennis Council (1988-1992). She served on the Olympic Tennis Committee (1991-1999) and the Federation Cup Committee for the International Tennis Federation for several years.
Wendy believed it was a player’s responsibility to give back to the sport in whatever way she could. A true “historian” of the sport, she appreciated the work others did before her and wanted to continue to give back. Ranked in the top 20 in singles for ten consecutive years, she managed to find time to balance the time needed for both her on-court as well as off-court tennis responsibilities. In the mid-80’s, Wendy received the Players Service Award. This award is the highest non-competition honor a player can receive from her peers.
She was a commentator for Channel 7, Australia, Sunshine Network (USA) and now commentates for BBC Radio 5 Live at Wimbledon.