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).


Australian Open Singles Finalist 1980
  Doubles Finalist 1983, 1988
French Open Singles Finalist 1979
  Doubles Winner 1979
  Doubles Finalist 1982
  Mixed Doubles Winner 1979, 1982
Wimbledon Doubles Winner 1978
  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.


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.