Angie Kate Cunningham (2 February 1973 – 4 October 2016) was a professional tennis player from Australia. She competed during her career under her maiden name Angie Woolcock.
|Full name||Angie Kate Cunningham|
|Born||2 February 1973|
|Died||4 October 2016 (aged 43)|
|Highest ranking||No. 318 (17 April 1995)|
|Highest ranking||No. 111 (10 May 1993)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1993)|
|French Open||2R (1992)|
|Wimbledon||1R (1991, 1993)|
|US Open||1R (1993)|
Born in Launceston, Cunningham won the Pardey Shield tennis title at the age of 13, which made her the youngest winner of the prestigious Tasmanian schools competition. Soon after, she moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in tennis and was accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Cunningham was runner-up in three junior grand slam doubles finals, twice at the Australian Open and once at Wimbledon. She partnered with Nicole Pratt to make the final of the 1989 Australian Open, then in 1991 was a finalist again, with Joanne Limmer. Later in 1991, after beating Limmer to win her first ITF tournament in Woking, England, she partnered with the same player to reach the girls' doubles final at Wimbledon. She reached a highest junior doubles ranking of two in the world.
As a professional tennis player, she competed primarily in doubles. Her best performance on the WTA Tour was a semi-final appearance partnering Jo-Anne Faull at the Malaysian Women's Open in 1993. With a career best doubles ranking of 111 in 1993, she competed in the women's doubles main draws at all four grand slam tournaments that year. In 1994, she won two ITF singles titles, at Lee on Solent and Ballarat.
Retiring from tennis in 1996, Cunningham studied for a business degree at La Trobe University, then in 2000 began working for the Women's Tennis Association, through which she was based in London. Her roles during her 10 year career at the WTA included being the Vice President of Player Relations and On-Site Operations.
Personal life and illnessEdit
Cunningham was the middle of three children born to Bill and Susie Woolcock. Her father ran local real estate company Woolcock Partners for 40 years, before it was bought by her elder brother Sam in 2013. She had a husband Pat and two daughters.
In 2012, she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). She died on 4 October 2016 at her home in Melbourne, at the age of 43. Her death occurred three and a half years after that of Australian tennis player Brad Drewett and a year before another former Australian player Peter Doohan died, both from motor neurone disease.
|Winner||1.||19 May 1991||Bournemouth, United Kingdom||Hard||Joanne Limmer||6–3, 3–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||27 April 1992||Sheffield, United Kingdom||Hard||Svetlana Parkhomenko||3–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||13 March 1994||Warrnambool, Australia||Hard||Jane Taylor||w/o|
|Runner-up||2.||20 March 1994||Canberra, Australia||Grass||Tang Min||3–6, 0–6|
|Winner||3.||2 May 1994||Lee-on-the-Solent, United Kingdom||Clay||Christina Zachariadou||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||26 March 1995||Bendigo, Australia||Hard||Jane Taylor||0–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||5 March 1990||Newcastle, Australia||Grass||Kirrily Sharpe|| Yuko Hosoki
|3–6, 7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||1.||30 September 1990||Kuroshio, Japan||Clay||Catherine Barclay|| Naoko Kinoshita
|4–6, 6–4, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||14 October 1990||Matsuyama, Japan||Clay||Catherine Barclay|| Kerry-Anne Guse
|7–6, 3–6, ret.|
|Winner||2.||19 May 1991||Bournemouth, United Kingdom||Hard||Joanne Limmer|| Joannette Kruger
|Runner-up||3.||8 July 1991||Erlangen, Germany||Clay||Louise Stacey|| Viktoria Milvidskaia
|Winner||3.||15 July 1991||Darmstadt, Germany||Clay||Louise Stacey|| Martina Pawlik
|Winner||4.||3 February 1992||Jakarta, Indonesia||Clay||Nicole Pratt|| Ruxandra Dragomir
|Runner-up||4.||13 April 1992||Salerno, Italy||Hard||Kirrily Sharpe|| Linda Ferrando
Silvia Farina Elia
|Runner-up||5.||6 July 1992||Erlangen, Germany||Clay||Caroline Schneider|| Chen Li-Ling
|Winner||5.||23 November 1992||Nuriootpa, Australia||Hard||Kerry-Anne Guse|| Magdalena Feistel
|4–6, 7–6, 6–2|
|Winner||6.||20 December 1992||Brisbane, Australia||Grass||Justine Hodder|| Kerry-Anne Guse
|6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|Winner||7.||20 March 1994||Canberra, Australia||Grass||Kate McDonald|| Atsuko Shintani
|Runner-up||6.||4 September 1995||Spoleto, Italy||Clay||Karen Nugent|| Cristina Salvi
|6–1, 6–7, 2–6|
- Baker, Mark (23 October 2016). "Angie leaves a legacy of love and laughter". The Examiner. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "ITF Tennis - Juniors - Player Profile - Woolcock, Angie (AUS)". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- Trollope, Matt (28 November 2016). "Angie Cunningham honoured with President's Spirit of Tennis Award". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "Woolcock's title". The Canberra Times. Australia. 10 May 1994. p. 21. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Hong Kong improver wins". The Canberra Times. Australia. 21 March 1994. p. 19. Retrieved 19 May 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
- Slatter, Sean (15 January 2018). "Angie Cunningham trophy awarded for the first time in Hobart". The Examiner. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- Te Koha, Nui (23 November 2017). "Jimmy Barnes will put on a concert to help Neale Daniher's fight against motor neurone disease". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- Livaudais, Stephanie (6 January 2018). "Hobart unveils new trophy to honor late Tasmanian favorite". WTA Tennis. Retrieved April 8, 2018.