Kristy Pigeon (born August 12, 1950) is an American retired tennis player who was active at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s.

Kristy Pigeon
Country (sports) United States
Born (1950-08-12) August 12, 1950 (age 69)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open3R (1970)
Wimbledon4R (1968, 1969)
US Open2R (1972)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open3R (1969)
Wimbledon2R (1968, 1971, 1972)
US OpenQF (1968, 1971)


Pigeon won the Junior Wimbledon title in July 1968, defeating Australian Lesley Hunt in two sets.[1] Directly following Wimbledon she gained the singles title at the Welsh Open Championships in Newport with a victory in the final over Fay Moore. In August 1968 she won the singles title at the Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championships in Haverford.[2] Later that month she won the United States girls lawn tennis championship in Philadelphia after a victory in the final against Linda Tuero.[3] Her best singles performance at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 1968 and 1969. In 1970 she joined the "Original Nine" in their breakaway from the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) to create a separate women's tour when she was 20 years old.[4] She later stated, "I think a lot of those original true feminists were missing the point by burning bras. In a way, they didn't make nearly as many waves as we tennis players did. We demonstrated that as sportspeople we were as interesting as the men. Our competition was stimulating to watch and we could pull the people in. For me, that's a more powerful way of establishing equality."[5]


  1. ^ King, Billie Jean; Starr, Cynthia (1988). "Birth of a Tour". In Regina Ryan (eds.). We Have Come a Long Way. Regina Ryan Publishing. pp. 125. ISBN 0-07-034625-9.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  2. ^ "A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week". Sports Illustrated. August 5, 1968.
  3. ^ "Miss Pigeon Gains U. S. Tennis Crown". The New York Times. August 18, 1968.
  4. ^ "Rebels Who Changed a Sport Reunite". The New York Times. April 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "In Her Own Words: Kristy Pigeon". September 23, 2010. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012.

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