Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel (born March 24, 1967) is a former professional American tennis player, who retired in September 1997. She won three singles and two doubles titles during her career on the WTA Tour, and reached the semifinals of the 1985 Wimbledon Championships.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Palm City, Florida|
|Born||March 24, 1967|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||3 WTA, 0 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 7 (May 26, 1986)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (1984)|
|French Open||QF (1981, 1986)|
|US Open||4R (1982)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 13 (February 8, 1993)|
Rinaldi reached her highest career ranking on May 26, 1986, when she was ranked world No. 7. The recipient of WTA Most Impressive Newcomer Award in 1981 and WTA Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1989, she had career wins over top players such as Steffi Graf, Jana Novotná, Sue Barker, Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlíková, Wendy Turnbull, Manuela Maleeva, Dianne Fromholtz, Helena Suková, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Zina Garrison, Sylvia Hanika, Kathy Jordan, Jo Durie, and Natasha Zvereva.
Rinaldi was the youngest player to win a match at Wimbledon (14 years, 91 days) in 1981, a record that stood until 1990. After the 1987 French Open, she suffered a freak injury in Monte Carlo, slipping on stairs, and in trying to catch herself, fracturing her right thumb. This injury sidelined her for rest of the year. She was a member of the US Wightman Cup Team in 1983, 1985, and 1986.
Rinaldi married Brad Stunkel, her high school sweetheart, on December 11, 1993, and adopted his surname. She gave birth to son Bradley Benton Stunkel, Jr. on February 8, 1995. The family currently resides in Palm City, Florida.
Awards and recognitionsEdit
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 7 (3–4)Edit
|Winner||1.||October 18, 1981||Kyoto||Hard||Julie Harrington||6–1, 7–5|
|Runner-up||1.||May 24, 1982||Berlin||Clay||Bettina Bunge||2–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||July 26, 1982||San Diego||Hard||Tracy Austin||6–7(5–7), 3–6|
|Winner||2.||August 18, 1985||Mahwah||Hard||Steffi Graf||6–4, 3–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||September 22, 1985||Chicago||Carpet (i)||Bonnie Gadusek||1–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||May 11, 1986||Houston||Clay||Chris Evert-Lloyd||4–6, 6–2, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||November 16, 1986||Little Rock||Carpet (i)||Natasha Zvereva||6–4, 6–7(7–9), 6–0|
Doubles: 12 (2–10)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||March 31, 1991||San Antonio||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Patty Fendick
|Winner||1.||April 21, 1991||Houston||Clay||Jill Hetherington|| Patty Fendick
Mary Joe Fernández
|6–1, 2–6, 6–1|
|Winner||2.||August 4, 1991||San Diego||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Gigi Fernández
|6–4, 3–6, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||October 6, 1991||Leipzig||Carpet (i)||Jill Hetherington|| Manon Bollegraf
|Runner-up||3.||February 2, 1992||Auckland||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Rosalyn Fairbank
|6–1, 1–6, 5–7|
|Runner-up||4.||March 1, 1992||Indian Wells||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
|Runner-up||5.||March 22, 1992||Key Biscayne||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Larisa Neiland
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|5–7, 7–5, 3–6|
|Runner-up||6.||April 19, 1992||Houston||Clay||Jill Hetherington|| Patty Fendick
|Runner-up||7.||November 1, 1992||San Juan||Hard||Gigi Fernández|| Amanda Coetzer
|2–6, 6–4, 2–6|
|Runner-up||8.||February 7, 1993||Auckland||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Isabelle Demongeot
|Runner-up||9.||March 21, 1993||Key Biscayne||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Larisa Neiland
|Runner-up||10.||May 23, 1993||Strasbourg||Clay||Jill Hetherington|| Shaun Stafford
|7–6(7–5), 3–6, 4–6|
Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit
- SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number played.
- Ashley Marshall (December 8, 2016). "Rinaldi to lead U.S. Fed Cup team in expanded captaincy role". www.usta.com. United States Tennis Association (USTA).
- Sandra Harwitt (December 9, 2016). "Rinaldi appointed USA Fed Cup captain". www.fedcup.com. International Tennis Federation (ITF).
- Kathy Rinaldi at the Women's Tennis Association
- Kathy Rinaldi at the International Tennis Federation
|Awards and achievements|
| WTA Most Impressive Newcomer of the Year
| WTA Comeback of the Year