Andrea Jaeger

Andrea Jaeger (/ˈjɡər/ YAY-gər; born June 4, 1965) is a former World No. 2 professional tennis player from the United States whose brief but highly successful tennis career ended prematurely due to major shoulder injuries. Jaeger reached the singles final of Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982. She reached the singles semifinals of the Australian Open in 1982 and of the U.S. Open in 1980 and 1982. She also won 10 singles titles. In mixed doubles, Jaeger won the French Open with Jimmy Arias in 1981. During her career, Jaeger won U.S. $1.4 million in prize money and millions more in endorsements. After retirement in 1987, she has prominently dedicated her life to public service, charities, and philanthropy. In 2006, she became "Sister Andrea" as a member of the Anglican Order of Preachers. She is a member of the Episcopal Church and based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, U.S.[3]

Andrea Jaeger
Andrea Jaeger.jpg
Jaeger in 1981
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceSanta Rosa Beach, Florida
Born (1965-06-04) June 4, 1965 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro1980
PlaysRight-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 1,379,065[1]
Career record260–85[1]
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 2 (August 17, 1981)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1982)
French OpenF (1982)
WimbledonF (1983)
US OpenSF (1980, 1982)
Career record47–38[1]
Career titles4
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (1981, 1982)
French OpenQF (1982)
Wimbledon3R (1981)
US OpenSF (1980)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French OpenW (1981)
Wimbledon1R (1980, 1983)

Tennis careerEdit

While a student at Stevenson High School in suburban Chicago, Jaeger was the top ranked player in the United States in the 18-and-under age group. She won 13 U.S. national junior titles, including the most prominent junior titles in tennis: the 1979 Orange Bowl and 1979 Boca Raton.

In 1980 (at the age of 15 years, 19 days), she became the youngest player ever to be seeded at Wimbledon,[4] a record that was broken by Jennifer Capriati in 1990. After defeating former champion Virginia Wade, she became the youngest quarterfinalist in the history of the tournament.[5] Later in the year, she became the youngest semifinalist in US Open history.

At the French Open in 1982, Jaeger defeated Chris Evert in a semifinal 6–3, 6–1 but lost the final to Martina Navratilova. She then reached the semifinals of both the US Open and the Australian Open, losing both matches to Evert in straight sets.

At Wimbledon in 1983, Jaeger defeated six-time Wimbledon singles champion Billie Jean King 6–1, 6–1 in a semifinal on Centre Court, which was King's last career singles match at that tournament and her most lopsided singles defeat at Wimbledon.[6] Jaeger then lost the final to Navratilova. In 2003, Jaeger said that the night before the final, she had a heated argument with her father[7] over practicing and was locked out of her apartment by him. Eventually, Jaeger asked Navratilova to convince her father to let her back in. She stated that emotional fatigue might have contributed to her lackluster performance in the final.[7]

Jaeger's career win-loss record against other top players was 3–17 against Evert, 4–11 against Navratilova, 2–8 against Tracy Austin, 6–8 against Hana Mandlíková, and 2–4 against Pam Shriver.

In an interview in 2003, Jaeger stated that she never was committed to being the top-ranked player in the world and tanked matches to avoid the top spot.[8][9] As she rose toward the top of the game, she started visiting hospitals during tournaments. She stated that she found it, in the words of a USA Today columnist, "difficult to reconcile the narrow-minded focus of a top tennis player with her desire to help others."[10]

Jaeger won eight of the nine singles matches she played for the U.S. in Fed Cup. She also won two of the three Wightman Cup singles matches she played for the U.S.[11]

A major shoulder injury at the age of 19 ended Jaeger's career prematurely in 1985. She went to college and obtained a degree in theology.


Jaeger used her winnings from tennis to create the Silver Lining Foundation with her close friend and business partner Heidi Bookout in 1990. Located in Aspen, Colorado, the organization transported groups of young cancer patients to Aspen for a week of support and activities, including horseback riding and whitewater rafting. The foundation also provided money for reunions, family campouts, college scholarships, medical internships, and other programs for children who could not travel. The organization had other powerful backers, both in the world of sports and elsewhere. The first contributor was John McEnroe. Many high-profile celebrities were involved, including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and David Robinson. In 1996, Jaeger received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given annually by Jefferson Awards.[12]

Jaeger's autobiography First Service was published in 2004. In the book, she wrote about her teenage years as a tennis player and her later decision to focus on serving God. All proceeds from the book were donated to children's charities.

Jaeger later established the Little Star Foundation, claiming to reach on average 4,000 kids annually. Jaeger ran into financial issues with the nonprofit in 2009. As a result, she tried to sell the foundation's property in Aspen for $13.5 million, but neighbors said she was breaking homeowners association covenants, which resulted in a lawsuit. She moved to a much larger 220-acre (0.89 km2) property in Hesperus, Colorado, where she claimed she would expand her programs.[10] Jaeger sold the ranch to an unknown buyer in November 2018. In January 2019, the State of Colorado revoked Little Star Foundation's property tax exemption on the basis that an investigation had revealed that the group had falsified records and never had conducted any charitable activities since moving to Hesperus.[13]

In 2006, Jaeger exchanged gifts with an Army Ranger serving in the Iraq War. He gave her his dog tags, and she gave him her Olympic ring.[14]

On September 16, 2006, at the age of 41, Jaeger became Sister Andrea, an Anglican Dominican nun.[15] She reportedly left the order in 2009.[16]

In April 2007, Jaeger and several former athletes, including Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Muhammad Ali, appeared on the American morning television talk show Good Morning America to announce their formation of a charity titled Athletes for Hope.[17][18]

Major finalsEdit

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 2 runner-upsEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1982 French Open Clay   Martina Navratilova 6–7(6–8), 1–6
Loss 1983 Wimbledon Grass   Martina Navratilova 0–6, 3–6

Mixed doubles: 1 titleEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1981 French Open Clay   Jimmy Arias   Betty Stöve
  Fred McNair
7–6, 6–4

Year-End Championships finalsEdit

Singles: 1 runner-upEdit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1981 New York City Carpet (I)   Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–7(3–7)

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 36 (10–26)Edit

Grand Slam tournaments (0–2)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (10–23)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–7)
Grass (1–3)
Clay (2–9)
Carpet (4–7)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. Jan 1980 Las Vegas, US Hard (i)   Barbara Potter 7–6, 4–6, 6–1
Loss 1. Mar 1980 Edmond, US Clay   Regina Maršíková 2–6, 2–6
Win 2. Jun 1980 Beckenham, England Grass   Jo Durie 6–0, 6–1
Loss 2. Aug, 1980 Indianapolis, US Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 3–6
Loss 3. Aug 1980 Mahwah, US Hard   Hana Mandlíková 7–6(7–0), 2–6, 2–6
Win 3. Sep 1980 Las Vegas, US Hard (i)   Hana Mandlíková 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Loss 4. Oct 1980 Deerfield Beach, US Hard   Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 1–6
Win 4. Nov 1980 Tampa, US Hard   Tracy Austin w/o
Loss 5. Jan 1981 Landover, US Carpet (i)   Tracy Austin 2–6, 2–6
Win 5. Jan 1981 Kansas City, US Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Win 6. Feb 1981 Oakland, US Carpet (i)   Virginia Wade 6–3, 6–1
Loss 6. Mar 1981 Los Angeles, US Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 4–6, 0–6
Loss 7. Mar 1981 Avon Championships, US Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 8. Apr 1981 Orlando, US Clay   Martina Navratilova 5–7, 3–6
Loss 9. Jun 1981 Eastbourne, England Grass   Tracy Austin 3–6, 4–6
Win 7. Aug 1981 Indianapolis, US Clay   Virginia Ruzici 6–1, 6–0
Loss 10. Oct, 1981 Deerfield Beach, US Hard   Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Loss 11. Nov 1981 Perth, Australia Grass   Pam Shriver 1–6, 6–7
Loss 12. Jan 1982 Seattle, US Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 2–6, 0–6
Win 8. Feb 1982 Detroit, US Carpet (i)   Mima Jaušovec 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Win 9. Feb 1982 Oakland, US Carpet (i)   Chris Evert-Lloyd 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Loss 13. Apr 1982 Palm Beach Gardens, US Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 1–6, 5–7
Loss 14. Apr 1982 Hilton Head Island, US Clay   Martina Navratilova 4–6, 2–6
Loss 15. Apr 1982 Amelia Island, US Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 1–6
Loss 16. May 1982 French Open Clay   Martina Navratilova 6–7(6–8), 1–6
Loss 17. Aug 1982 Montreal, Canada Hard   Martina Navratilova 3–6, 5–7
Loss 18. Oct 1982 Deerfield Beach, US Hard   Chris Evert-Lloyd 1–6, 1–6
Loss 19. Oct 1982 Tampa, US Hard   Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 20. Nov, 1982 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 2–6
Win 10. Jan 1983 Marco Island, US Clay   Hana Mandlíková 6–1, 6–3
Loss 21. Jan 1983 Palm Beach Gardens, US Clay   Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 3–6
Loss 22. Feb 1983 Chicago, US Carpet (i)   Martina Navratilova 3–6, 2–6
Loss 23. Apr 1983 Orlando, US Clay   Martina Navratilova 1–6, 5–7
Loss 24. Jun 1983 Wimbledon, England Grass   Martina Navratilova 0–6, 3–6
Loss 25. Sep 1983 Tokyo, Japan Carpet (i)   Lisa Bonder 2–6, 7–5, 1–6
Loss 26. Apr 1984 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i)   Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 0–6

Doubles: 6 (4–2)Edit

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. Aug 1980 Toronto, Canada Hard   Regina Maršíková   Ann Kiyomura
  Betsy Nagelsen
6–1, 6–3
Win 2. Oct 1980 Deerfield Beach, US Hard   Regina Maršíková   Martina Navratilova
  Candy Reynolds
1–6, 6–1, 6–2
Win 3. Jan 1983 Marco Island, US Clay   Mary-Lou Piatek   Rosie Casals
  Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 6–4
Loss 1. Apr 1983 Hilton Head Island, US Clay   Paula Smith   Martina Navratilova
  Candy Reynolds
2–6, 3–6
Win 4. Aug 1983 Toronto, Canada Hard   Anne Hobbs   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Candy Reynolds
6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Loss 2. Jan 1984 Marco Island, US Clay   Anne Hobbs   Hana Mandlíková
  Helena Suková
6–3, 2–6, 2–6

Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit

(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 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 Career SR
Australian Open A A QF SF A A A 0 / 2
French Open A 1R SF F SF 1R 2R 0 / 6
Wimbledon A QF 4R 4R F A A 0 / 4
U.S. Open 2R SF 2R SF QF A 2R 0 / 6
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 18
Year-end ranking NR 7 4 3 3 42 NR

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Andrea Jaeger at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ Andrea Jaeger at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ Jaeger finds joy in serving others
  4. ^ Tingay, Lance (1983). The Guinness Book of Tennis Facts & Feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 41. ISBN 0-85112-289-2.
  5. ^ The Daily News – June 1980
  6. ^ Billie Jean King Archived 2007-02-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b Daily Times (Pakistan)
  8. ^ Sister Andrea Jaeger «Tennis served fresh»
  9. ^ Barry McDermott (April 9, 1984). "Oh, were it ony the racket". Sports Illustrated. Vol. 60, no. 15. pp. 34–44.
  10. ^ a b
  11. ^ Tingay, Lance (1983). The Guinness book of tennis facts & feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 203. ISBN 0-85112-289-2.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2013-08-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Tennis star Andrea Jaeger runs afoul of tax assessor in Colorado".
  14. ^ From tennis to nunhood to Making a Difference – Making a Difference –
  15. ^ Patrick Saunders (31 January 2008). "Jaeger finds joy in serving others". The Denver Post. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  16. ^ Futterman, Matthew (August 27, 2010). "Where Are They Now?". The Wall Street Journal.
  17. ^ 'Athletes for Hope' Unite for Charity
  18. ^ Athletes for Hope

External linksEdit

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