Debbie Spence Nasim (born August 9, 1967) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
|Full name||Debbie Spence Nasim|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||August 7, 1967|
|Career titles||1 WTA|
|Highest ranking||No. 35 (January 6, 1986)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|French Open||4R (1985)|
|Wimbledon||1R (1986, 1987)|
|US Open||2R (1984)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|French Open||1R (1985)|
|US Open||1R (1984)|
Spence grew up in Cerritos, a city in Los Angeles County. She is one of three daughters of Tom and Francine Spence. Her father worked as a school teacher at a local junior high school and also taught tennis.
With her father as coach, she began playing tennis competitively at the age of eight.
In her early years she was followed around the tour by author Karen Stabiner, who wrote a book called "Courting Fame", an at times critical portrayal of the promising junior, which attracted attention towards a young Spence.
At the age of 16, as the top-ranked amateur in the country at under-18 level, she made the decision to quit high school in order to prepare herself for a career in professional tennis.
Spence began competing professionally in 1984 and made her grand slam debut at the 1984 US Open, where she beat Alycia Moulton in the first round, then took ninth seed Lisa Bonder to three sets in a second round loss. Only a month after she turned professional, aged 17, she won the 1984 Ginny of San Diego, over Betsy Nagelsen in the final. She ended her first year on tour with a world ranking of 47.
At the beginning of the 1986 season she was ranked a career best 35 in the world. By 1987 however she had dropped out of the top 100 and she retired from professional tennis after the 1987 US Open, aged 20.
Life after tennisEdit
WTA Tour finalsEdit
|Win||September, 1984||San Diego, U.S.||Ginny Circuit||Hard||Betsy Nagelsen||6–3, 6–7, 6–4|
- Gallagher, Maria (April 13, 1986). "Little Match Girl". New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- McConnell, Jerry (February 26, 1989). "Tennis Is a Great Living But Spence Found Out It Can Be Tiresome, Too". The Oklahoman. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- Howard-Cooper, Scott (August 12, 1986). "Debbie Spence Finds Fame Is Costly". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- "ITF Tennis - Juniors - Player Profile - Spence-Nasim, Debbie (USA)". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- Stabiner, Karen (February 2, 1986). "A Courtship with Fame (book excerpt from "Courting Fame")". New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- Associated Press (June 2, 1985). "Connors Threatens to Pull Out, Then Wins". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
- Lau, Maya (November 8, 2012). "Past Forward: What Happens to Prodigies When They Grow Up?". The New York Times. Retrieved January 20, 2018.