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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,[2] as well as being the first female All-American[3] at the school. She was not related to the multiple grand slam winner Margaret Osborne duPont.

Laura duPont
Country (sports) United States
Born(1949-05-04)May 4, 1949
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
DiedFebruary 20, 2002(2002-02-20) (aged 52)
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) [1]
PlaysRight-handed [1]
Singles
Career record79–122
Highest rankingNo. 9
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon4R (1972, 1979)
US OpenQF (1971)
Doubles
Career record117–119
Career titles5
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1975)
WimbledonQF (1973, 1976)
US OpenQF (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.[2] 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.

From 1975 to 1981, she was on the Women's Tennis Association board, serving in the roles of vice president and treasurer.[4]

Laura duPont was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1977, the Charlotte Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2000, and then North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, DuPont moved back to North Carolina in 1997. She died at Duke University Medical Center in Durham on February 20, 2002.[5]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Doubles 10 (5–5)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V 0
Titles by surface
Hard 3
Clay 1
Grass 0
Carpet 1
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. September 17, 1978 San Antonio, Texas, USA Hard   Françoise Dürr   Ilana Kloss
  Marise Kruger
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. November 5, 1978 Buenos Aires, Argentina Clay   Regina Maršíková   Françoise Dürr
  Valerie Ziegenfuss
6–1, 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. November 25, 1979 Brighton, England Carpet   Ilana Kloss   Ann Kiyomura
  Anne Smith
2–6, 1–6
Winner 4. January 13, 1980 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Carpet   Pam Shriver   Mima Jaušovec
  Ann Kiyomura
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 5. January 20, 1980 Kansas City, Missouri, USA Carpet   Pam Shriver   Billie Jean King
  Martina Navratilova
3–6, 1–6
Winner 6. March 28, 1980 Carlsbad, California, USA Hard   Pam Shriver   Rosie Casals
  JoAnne Russell
6–7, 6–4, 6–1
Winner 7. September 27, 1981 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Hard   Betsy Nagelsen   Rosie Casals
  Candy Reynolds
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 8. October 18, 1982 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Barbara Jordan   Naoko Sato
  Brenda Remilton
6–2, 3–6, 3–6
Winner 9. October 24, 1982 Tokyo, Japan Hard   Barbara Jordan   Naoko Sato
  Brenda Remilton
6–2, 6–7, 6–1
Winner 10. November 6, 1982 Hong Kong Clay   Alycia Moulton   Jennifer Mundel
  Yvonne Vermaak
6–2, 4–6, 7–5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 186.
  2. ^ a b ITA - 2002 Inductee Laura duPont Archived 2006-08-31 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Inventory of the Office of the Women's Tennis Coach of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1976–2004
  4. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1979). World of Tennis 1979 : a BP yearbook. London: Macdonald and Jane's. p. 264. ISBN 978-0354090681.
  5. ^ "Laura DuPont, 52, tennis star, managed club for Shriver". The Baltimore Sun. February 24, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2012.

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