Anne White

Anne White (born September 28, 1961) is an American former professional tennis player from Charleston, West Virginia. She is most famous for wearing a white body suit at Wimbledon in 1985.[1][2]

Anne White
Anne White at Wimbledon 1986.jpg
White at Wimbledon 1986
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Born (1961-09-28) September 28, 1961 (age 59)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Career record109–115
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 19 (17 March 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (1981 1983)
French Open4R (1984)
Wimbledon3R (1982)
US Open4R (1983)
Career record136–108
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 9 (14 March 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1983, 1984)
French OpenSF (1985)
Wimbledon3R (1984, 1985)
US OpenSF (1984)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1982, 1985)

Early lifeEdit

White attended John Adams Junior High School.[3] She then graduated from George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia, and went on to become a two-time All-American tennis player at the University of Southern California.[4]

Family backgroundEdit

Anne's father, Pete White, played basketball for Clendenin High School.[3]

1985 Wimbledon ChampionshipsEdit

White, who was playing fifth seed Pam Shriver in the first round at Wimbledon in 1985 on an outer court, warmed up in a tracksuit. When she took the tracksuit off to start play, she revealed that she was wearing a white, one-piece, lycra body suit, which attracted a lot of attention from the crowd and the photographers. With the match tied at one set all, play was stopped for the day because of bad light, and the tournament referee, Alan Mills, told her to wear more appropriate clothing the next day. She did so, and lost the third set, but the incident was widely reported.[5][6][7] She was later quoted as saying, "I had no idea it would be so controversial."[8]


White won her only singles title at Phoenix, Arizona, on March 9, 1987, beating the top seeded Dianne Balestrat in the final. She reached the semifinals of the women's doubles in the 1984 U.S. Open and in 1985 in the French Open.

Career earnings and prize moneyEdit

White claims that her career earnings are more than a million dollars (possibly including endorsements and other monies).[3] According to official WTA records, her career prize money is $411,022 ranking her at 605th all time as of 8/1/2016.[9]

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 17 June 1984 Edgbaston Cup, United Kingdom Grass   Pam Shriver 6–7, 3–6
Winner 2. 9 March 1987 Virginia Slims of Arizona, United States Hard   Dianne Balestrat 6–2, 6–1

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 Career SR
Australian Open A 2R 1R 2R 1R A NH A 0 / 4
French Open A 3R 3R 3R 4R 3R 1R A 0 / 6
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R 0 / 7
U.S. Open 2R 2R 2R 4R 3R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 8
SR 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 25

NH = tournament not held.

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.


  1. ^ Spurr, Linda (1998-06-19). "Women's fashion hits the courts". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  2. ^ Atkin, Ronald. "Fashion at Wimbledon". Event Guide - History - Other Features. All England Lawn Tennis Club. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23.
  3. ^ a b c Simms, J. T. (1999-07-06). "Women have long sports history". Charleston Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  4. ^ Staff (2001-04-24). "WVSPN Hall of Fame - Anne White" (PDF). West Virginia Sports on the Net. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  5. ^ Crawford, Sue (2001-06-01). "Centre caught; Mink Skirts to Purple Knickers .. The Girls Who". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  6. ^ Elliott, Josh (2000-07-31). "Anne White With an unintentional fashion statement, she left her mark on tennis". SI Vault. Time Inc. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  7. ^ Henderson, Jon (2002-06-09). "Too Sexy for the All England Club". Observer Sport Monthly. Guardian News and Media Limited. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
  8. ^ Graham, Janet (May 2003). "What Ever Happened to Anne White and the Original Catsuit". Tennis Life Magazine. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2008-04-24.
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