Lesley Hunt

Lesley Hunt (born 29 May 1950) is a former tennis player from Perth, Western Australia.

Lesley Hunt
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1950-05-29) 29 May 1950 (age 71)
Perth, Western Australia
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Career record69–69
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenSF (1971)
French Open4R (1968)
Wimbledon4R (1971, 1973)
US OpenQF (1970, 1971, 1974, 1978)
Career record79–60
Career titles1
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1971)
French OpenSF (1971)
WimbledonQF (1970, 1972, 1973)
US OpenSF (1972, 1974)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1971)

Particularly noted as a junior player, in 1964 at the age of 14 she won a rare double in the Western Australian Women's open, taking both the Open and Junior titles. She won the Australian junior championship in 1967 and 1968 and reached the final of the Wimbledon Junior Invitational in 1968. That year she also won the French and United States Junior Championships.[2] In 1968, she won the Australian and French Open Junior titles and the Australian Open Junior title again the following year.

In 1974 she was ranked number 3 in Australia. Between 1967 and 1979 she was never outside the top six in Australia, playing among contemporaries Margaret Court, Evonne Goolagong, Kerry Reid and Wendy Turnbull.

Hunt was seeded once in the United States championships (number 8 in 1974); twice at the French Championships (number 4 in 1976 and 7 in 1977; and once at the Australian Championships (number 5 in 1974). She was runner-up in the 1971 Virginia Slims tournament, losing to Margaret Court and in 1976 reached the final of the Italian Open. In 1978, she made her first international open victory with a win in the Swiss Open. She reached the finals of the Canadian and Italian Opens in the same year as well as the quarterfinals at the US Open.

As a doubles player, she won the U.S Open Hardcourt and Claycourt titles with Evonne Goolagong.

In December 1970, she joined with Court and Goolagong in the 1971 Federation Cup victory over Great Britain at Royal King's Park Tennis Club. In the final match, she partnered with Court, beating Virginia Wade and Winnie Shaw.

Hunt was inducted into the Western Australian Hall of Champions in 1993.

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Doubles 3 (1–2)Edit

Grand Slam 0
WTA Championships 0
Tier I 0
Tier II 0
Tier III 0
Tier IV & V
Titles by surface
Hard 0
Clay 0
Grass 1
Carpet 0
Result No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Jan 1971 Australian Open, Australia Grass   Joy Emerson   Margaret Court
  Evonne Goolagong
0–6, 0–6
Loss 2. Oct 1978 US Indoors, U.S. Carpet   Ilana Kloss   Kerry Reid
  Wendy Turnbull
3–6, 3–6
Win 3. Nov 1978 Christchurch, New Zealand Grass   Sharon Walsh   Katja Ebbinghaus
  Sylvia Hanika
6–1, 7–5


  1. ^ Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 203.
  2. ^ W.A. Hall of Champions inductee booklet. (2006) Published by the Western Australian Institute of Sport

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