Laura duPont (May 4, 1949 – February 20, 2002) was a female American tennis player. She was the first woman to win a national title in any sport for the University of North Carolina, as well as being the first female All-American at the school. She was not related to the multiple grand slam winner Margaret Osborne duPont.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||May 4, 1949|
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
|Died||February 20, 2002 (aged 52)|
Durham, North Carolina, USA
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) |
|Highest ranking||No. 9|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Wimbledon||4R (1972, 1979)|
|US Open||QF (1971)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1975)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1973, 1976)|
|US Open||QF (1976)|
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Laura became acquainted with tennis by practicing on the city's public courts. In her adolescent years, DuPont moved to North Carolina, where she showed promise competing in junior tennis championships.
DuPont attended the University of North Carolina where three times she was named Mid-Atlantic Singles Collegiate Champion. DuPont was singles champion in the years 1968, 1970, and 1971. In 1970, she also secured doubles champion. Aside from her tennis accolades at the school, she also played varsity basketball. In 1970, duPont was named North Carolina AAU Athlete of the Year. In 1972, duPont graduated with a B.A. and joined the tennis inter-national circuit soon after. She won the Canadian (1979), Argentine, New Zealand (singles as well as doubles) and German singles.
DuPont's success continued, becoming the South African doubles champion in 1976, and a doubles and singles finalist in 1975. She won the U.S. Clay Court Championships singles title in 1977, as well as was a doubles finalist in 1976. In 1984, duPont won the U.S. Open 35 and over singles championship.
WTA Tour finalsEdit
Doubles 10 (5–5)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||September 17, 1978||San Antonio, Texas, USA||Hard||Françoise Dürr|| Ilana Kloss
|Runner-up||2.||November 5, 1978||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Regina Maršíková|| Françoise Dürr
|6–1, 4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||November 25, 1979||Brighton, England||Carpet||Ilana Kloss|| Ann Kiyomura
|Winner||4.||January 13, 1980||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA||Carpet||Pam Shriver|| Mima Jaušovec
|Runner-up||5.||January 20, 1980||Kansas City, Missouri, USA||Carpet||Pam Shriver|| Billie Jean King
|Winner||6.||March 28, 1980||Carlsbad, California, USA||Hard||Pam Shriver|| Rosie Casals
|6–7, 6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||7.||September 27, 1981||Atlanta, Georgia, USA||Hard||Betsy Nagelsen|| Rosie Casals
|Runner-up||8.||October 18, 1982||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Barbara Jordan|| Naoko Sato
|6–2, 3–6, 3–6|
|Winner||9.||October 24, 1982||Tokyo, Japan||Hard||Barbara Jordan|| Naoko Sato
|6–2, 6–7, 6–1|
|Winner||10.||November 6, 1982||Hong Kong||Clay||Alycia Moulton|| Jennifer Mundel
|6–2, 4–6, 7–5|
- Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 186.
- ITA - 2002 Inductee Laura duPont Archived 2006-08-31 at the Wayback Machine
- Inventory of the Office of the Women's Tennis Coach of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1976–2004
- John Barrett, ed. (1979). World of Tennis 1979 : a BP yearbook. London: Macdonald and Jane's. p. 264. ISBN 978-0354090681.
- "Laura DuPont, 52, tennis star, managed club for Shriver". The Baltimore Sun. February 24, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2012.