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Carrie Cunningham (born April 28, 1972) is an American former professional tennis player who played on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Circuit from 1987-1994. She comes from the state of Michigan, United States.

Carrie Cunningham
Country (sports) United States
Born (1972-04-28) April 28, 1972 (age 47)
Turned pro1987
Prize money$317,652
Career record81–84
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 38 (February 18, 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1991)
French Open3R (1991)
Wimbledon2R (1989, 1990, 1991)
US Open4R (1992)
US Open JuniorW (1988)
Career record21–44
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 56 (December 9, 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (1992)
French Open1R (1991, 1992)
US Open2R (1992)
Last updated on: October 9, 2013.

Career singles highlightsEdit

Cunningham's career highlights include a world ranking of 38 in February 1991, ending the year with a rank of 51 after reaching the third rounds of both the Australian and French Opens.[1][2]

Her best Grand Slam performance was attaining the 4th round (round of 16) at the 1992 US Open, losing to eventual semi-finalist Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, 6–3, 7–5. She reached the second round in Wimbledon from 1989-1991. She also holds one Grand Slam Junior title - the US Junior Open Championshipin 1988.[3][4]

Doubles highlightsEdit

Cunningham was also on the doubles circuit, reaching one WTA final - the 1991 Tokyo International, with doubles partner Laura Gildemeister, losing 6–3, 6–3 to the team of Pam Shriver and Mary Joe Fernandez. She does hold a USTA Girls’ 18 National Championship doubles title, when she teamed with Andrea Farley to capture the 1988 crown on clay courts.[5][6]

Court habits and influenceEdit

Cunningham had a habit of sometimes grunting during her play. In fact, former world #1 Monica Seles cites Cunningham for starting her own grunting habit, after Seles lost a finals match to Cunningham in 1986. Said Seles, "it has been part of me since I was 12 when I played Carrie Cunningham in one of the finals and I started doing that. Since then, it has been always with me each year at Wimbledon." [7][8]


Cunningham's career earnings on the professional tour totaled $318,541.[1]

Post careerEdit

Carrie pursued a career in medicine and surgery. She is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and an attending surgeon under the name Carrie C. Lubitz, M.D., at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts USA.[9]


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