Katrina Adams

Katrina Adams (born August 5, 1968) is a former professional American tennis player from Chicago. She is the immediate past President, Chairperson and CEO of the United States Tennis Association, Immediate Past Chairperson of the US Open and current Chairperson of the ITF Fed Cup and Gender Equality in Tennis Committees. Adams was a doubles specialist, reaching the quarterfinal stage or better at all four Grand Slams as well as achieving a career-high doubles ranking of no. 8 (August 1989).

Katrina M. Adams
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Country (sports)United States
ResidenceBradenton, Florida
White Plains, New York
Yonkers, New York United States
Born (1968-08-05) August 5, 1968 (age 52)
Chicago, Illinois
Height5'5
Turned pro1988
Retired1999
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,292,658
Singles
Career record182–194
Career titles1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 67 (May 8, 1989)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1992)
French Open1R (1988, 1989, 1992, 1996)
Wimbledon4R (1988)
US Open3R (1995)
Doubles
Career record419–226
Career titles20 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 8 (August 14, 1989)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1992)
French OpenQF (1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)
WimbledonSF (1988)
US OpenQF (1991, 1994)

Early lifeEdit

Adams joined a tennis program on Chicago's West Side when she was six years old. She attended Whitney Young High School, becoming Illinois High School Association the first Chicago Public School and first African American singles champion in 1983 and 1984.[1] While attending Northwestern University, she won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) doubles title with Diane Donnelly in 1987,[2] and was twice voted All-American.[3]

ResultsEdit

Adams won seven of her 20 WTA doubles titles between 1987 and 1996 partnering Zina Garrison, including the 1988 World Doubles Championships.[4]

Her best Grand Slam singles result was in the 1988 Wimbledon Championships when she reached the fourth round, losing to Chris Evert 5–7, 6–3, 6–0. The same year, she was Wimbledon doubles semifinalist with Zina Garrison.

AwardsEdit

Adams twice won the annual WTA Player Service Award - in 1996 and 1997.

Post-retirementEdit

Adams has been a television commentator for the Tennis Channel since 2003,[5] a regular contributor to CBS Sports Network all-female sports panel We Need to Talk and is also an executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program.[6]

In January 2015, Adams became President, Chairman and CEO of the United States Tennis Association, becoming the first former professional tennis player, first African-American and the youngest person to serve as President in the 135-year history of the organisation.[7]

In 2016, Adams became Chairperson of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Fed Cup committee, which governs the Fed Cup.[8]

Adams also serves on the board of directors for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.[9]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles 2 (0–2)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Tier I (0/0)
Tier II (0/0)
Tier III (0/0)
Tier IV & V (0/2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. February 1, 1988 Wellington Hard   Jill Hetherington 6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 2. November 4, 1991 Brentwood Hard (i)   Sabine Appelmans 6–2, 6–4

Doubles 36 (22–14)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0/0)
Olympic Gold (0/0)
WTA Championships (0/0)
Virginia Slims (2/0)
Tier I (1/1)
Tier II (4/5)
Tier III (6/4)
Tier IV & V (7/6)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1-0 December 7, 1987 Guarujá Hard   Cheryl Jones   Jill Hetherington
  Mercedes Paz
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 2-0 March 7, 1988 Boca Raton Hard   Zina Garrison   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
  Helena Suková
4–6, 7–5, 6–4
Winner 3-0 April 11, 1988 Amelia Island Clay   Penny Barg   Zina Garrison
  Eva Pfaff
4–6, 6–2, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 3-1 April 18, 1988 Houston Clay   Zina Garrison   Lori McNeil
  Martina Navratilova
6–7(4–7), 6–2, 6–4
Winner 4-1 October 24, 1988 Indianapolis Hard (i)   Zina Garrison   Larisa Savchenko
  Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Runner-up 4-2 November 25, 1988 Tokyo Carpet   Zina Garrison   Gigi Fernández
  Robin White
7–5, 7–5
Winner 5-2 January 30, 1989 Tokyo Carpet   Zina Garrison   Mary Joe Fernández
  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
6–3, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 6-2 February 27, 1989 San Antonio Hard   Pam Shriver   Patty Fendick
  Jill Hetherington
3–6, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 7-2 April 24, 1989 Houston Clay   Zina Garrison   Gigi Fernández
  Lori McNeil
6–3, 6–4
Winner 8-2 May 22, 1989 Geneva Clay   Lori McNeil   Larisa Savchenko
  Natalia Zvereva
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 9-2 June 19, 1989 Eastbourne Grass   Zina Garrison   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
6–3 ret.
Winner 10-2 October 23, 1989 Brighton Carpet   Lori McNeil   Hana Mandlíková
  Jana Novotná
4–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–4
Winner 11-2 October 30, 1989 Indianapolis Hard (i)   Lori McNeil   Claudia Porwik
  Larisa Savchenko
6–4, 6–4
Winner 12-2 November 5, 1990 Indianapolis Hard (i)   Jill Hetherington   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
6–1, 6–1
Runner-up 12-3 February 18, 1991 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Jill Hetherington   Meredith McGrath
  Anne Smith
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 12-4 July 22, 1991 Westchester Hard   Lori McNeil   Rosalyn Fairbank
  Lise Gregory
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 12-5 August 5, 1991 Albuquerque Hard   Isabelle Demongeot   Lise Gregory
  Peanut Louie Harper
6–7(2–7), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 13-5 November 11, 1991 Indianapolis Hard (i)   Mercedes Paz   Patty Fendick
  Gigi Fernández
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 13-6 February 10, 1992 Chicago Carpet   Zina Garrison   Martina Navratilova
  Pam Shriver
6–4, 7–6(9–7)
Runner-up 13-7 February 17, 1992 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Lori McNeil
  Nicole Provis
3–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 13-8 November 9, 1992 Indianapolis Hard (i)   Elna Reinach   Sandy Collins
  Mary-Lou Daniels
5–7, 6–2, 6–4
Winner 14-8 February 8, 1993 Chicago Carpet   Zina Garrison   Amy Frazier
  Kimberly Po
7–6(9–7), 6–3
Winner 15-8 February 15, 1993 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Patty Fendick
  Zina Garrison
6–3, 6–2
Winner 16-8 March 22, 1993 Houston Clay   Manon Bollegraf   Eugenia Maniokova
  Radomira Zrubáková
6–3, 5–7, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 17-8 March 28, 1993 Hilton Head Clay   Manon Bollegraf   Gigi Fernández
  Natalia Zvereva
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 17-9 November 1, 1993 Quebec City Hard (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Katerina Maleeva
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–4
Winner 18-9 November 8, 1993 Philadelphia Carpet   Manon Bollegraf   Conchita Martínez
  Larisa Neiland
6–2, 4–6, 7–6(9–7)
Winner 19-9 February 14, 1994 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Manon Bollegraf   Patty Fendick
  Meredith McGrath
7–6(7–3), 6–2
Runner-up 19-10 March 21, 1994 Houston Clay   Zina Garrison   Manon Bollegraf
  Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 19-11 February 13, 1995 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Brenda Schultz   Nicole Arendt
  Laura Golarsa
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19-12 October 30, 1995 Oakland Carpet   Zina Garrison   Lori McNeil
  Helena Suková
3–6, 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19-13 February 19, 1996 Oklahoma City Hard (i)   Debbie Graham   Chanda Rubin
  Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 19-14 May 6, 1996 Budapest Clay   Debbie Graham   Radka Bobková
  Eva Melicharová
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Winner 20-14 May 13, 1996 Cardiff Clay   Mariaan de Swardt   Els Callens
  Laurence Courtois
6–0, 6–4
Winner 21-14 June 9, 1997 Birmingham Grass   Larisa Neiland   Nathalie Tauziat
  Linda Wild
6–2, 6–3
Winner 22-14 January 12, 1998 Sydney Hard   Meredith McGrath   Martina Hingis
  Helena Suková
6–1, 6–2

ITF FinalsEdit

Singles (1–1)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. August 3, 1987 Lebanon, United States Hard   Shaun Stafford 6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 2. January 21, 1991 New Braunfels, United States Hard   María Luciana Reynares 7–6(7), 2–6, 6–2

Doubles (8–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. June 30, 1986 Tampa, United States Clay   Heliane Steden   Brenda Niemeyer
  Karen Schimper
4–6, 6–1, 6–3
Winner 2. July 14, 1986 Midland, United States Clay   Sonia Hahn   Alison Scott
  Ruth Seeman
2–6, 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. January 5, 1987 Chicago, United States Hard   Diane Donnelly   Mary Lou Daniels
  Yvonne Vermaak
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 4. June 15, 1987 Birmingham, United States Hard   Sonia Hahn   Ingelise Driehuis
  Lise Gregory
6–7(0), 6–4, 6–2
Winner 5. July 20, 1987 Philadelphia, United States Hard   Ingelise Driehuis   Kathy Foxworth
  Tammy Whittington
6–3, 6–4
Winner 6. July 27, 1987 Chatham, United States Hard   Diane Donnelly   Jennifer Fuchs
  Robyn Lamb
7–5, 6–3
Winner 7. September 24, 1990 Chicago, United States Hard   Lynn Nabors   Jill Hetherington
  Mary Lou Daniels
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 8. January 28, 1991 Midland, United States Hard   Helen Kelesi   Meredith McGrath
  Anne Smith
5–7, 5–7
Winner 9. September 23, 1991 Chicago, United States Hard   Mary Lou Daniels   Beverly Bowes-Hackney
  Cammy Macgregor
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 10. February 12, 1996 Midland, United States Hard   Debbie Graham   Angela Lettiere
  Corina Morariu
6–7, 6–7
Winner 11. October 7, 1996 Sedona, United States Hard   Debbie Graham   Angela Lettiere
  Shannan McCarthy
6–4, 6–1

Singles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A 1R 2R 1R A 3R LQ LQ LQ A 1R 4–8
French Open A 1R 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ A 1R LQ 4–9
Wimbledon A 4R 3R 1R LQ 2R LQ 1R 1R 2R LQ 18–10
US Open LQ 1R 1R 1R LQ A 1R 1R 3R 1R LQ 7–10

Women's doubles performance timelineEdit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A 3R 3R 3R A QF 3R 2R 1R A 2R 1R 1R 13–10
French Open A A QF QF 3R 3R QF QF 1R QF QF 2R 3R 1R 25–12
Wimbledon A A SF QF 3R QF 3R 1R 2R 3R QF 3R 3R 1R 23–12
US Open 1R 1R 2R 3R 3R QF A 3R QF 3R 2R 3R 2R 1R 19–13

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Girls Tennis Individual Champions". Records & History. Illinois High School Association. September 17, 2019. singles. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Katrina Adams". ITA Women's Hall of Fame. College of William and Mary. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tennis: A Great Match for Katrina Adams". Northwestern Magazine. Northwestern University. Winter 2004. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Katrina Adams at the International Tennis Federation Retrieved July 28, 2008
  5. ^ "Katrina Adams". Programs. Tennis Channel. Archived from the original on July 20, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
  6. ^ "News You Can Use". Pro Tennis. United States Tennis Association. October 25, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
  7. ^ "USTA CHAIRMAN, CEO AND PRESIDENT KATRINA M. ADAMS". USTA. January 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "FED CUP COMMITTEE". Fed Cup. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Leadership". International Tennis Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 26, 2018.

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