Linda Gates

Linda Gates (born 1963) is an American former professional tennis player.

Linda Gates
Country (sports) United States
Born1963 (age 56–57)
Prize money$36,222
Career record18–15
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1985)
US Open3R (1985)
Career record23–14
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1985)
US Open2R (1984)


A native of Burlingame, California, Gates played college tennis for Stanford University in the early 1980s. She made history at the 1985 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships when she became the first woman to win consecutive doubles championships, as well as the first woman to win the singles and doubles championship in the same year.[1] She won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's top collegiate tennis player in 1985.[2][3][4]

Gates had her best performance in a grand slam tournament at the 1985 Australian Open, where she was a quarter-finalist in the women's doubles, partnering Alycia Moulton. Their run included a win over the eighth seeded Maleeva sisters (Katerina and Manuela).

Following her graduation from Stanford in 1985 she competed briefly on the professional tour.[5] At the 1985 US Open, she won through to the third round, playing as a wildcard. She was runner-up to Gabriela Sabatini at the 1985 Japan Open, which was the Argentine's first WTA Tour title.[6]

WTA Tour finalsEdit

Singles (0-1)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up October 14, 1985 Tokyo Hard   Gabriela Sabatini 3–6, 4–6

Doubles (0–1)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up March 24, 1986 Phoenix Hard   Alycia Moulton   Susan Mascarin
  Betsy Nagelsen
3–6, 7–5, 4–6

ITF finalsEdit

$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. July 7, 1985 Schenectady, United States Hard   Jenni Goodling 6–1, 6–1

Doubles: 8 (5–3)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. July 23, 1983 Birmingham, United States Hard   Caryn Copeland   Cynthia MacGregor
  Gretchen Magers
5–7, 6–7
Winner 1. June 17, 1984 Freehold, United States Hard   Linda Howell   Louise Field
  Michelle Turk
4–6, 6–2, 6–1
Winner 2. July 22, 1984 Fayetteville, United States Hard   Cynthia MacGregor   Rebecca Bryant
  Natalia Leipus
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 2. July 30, 1984 Delray Beach, United States Hard   Cynthia MacGregor   Julie Richardson
  Belinda Cordwell
5–7, 0–6
Winner 3. August 18, 1984 Miramar, United States Hard   Cynthia MacGregor   Patty Fendick
  Linda Howell
6–2, 2–6, 6–4
Winner 4. June 23, 1985 Fayetteville, United States Hard   Sonia Hahn   Caroline Kuhlman
  Wendy Wood
6–4, 6–3
Winner 5. July 1, 1985 Schenectady, United States Hard   Lynn Lewis   Helena Manset
  Cecilia Fernandez-Parker
7–6, 6–4
Runner-up 3. August 18, 1985 Roanoke, United States Hard   Leigh-Anne Eldredge   Louise Allen
  Ronni Reis
4–6, 4–6


  1. ^ "Gates Powers Stanford To NCAA Tennis Sweep". The Oklahoman. May 25, 1985.
  2. ^ "Stanford University's Official Athletic Site - Women's Tennis". Stanford University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  3. ^ "Tennis". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  4. ^ Gary Migdol (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. pp. 193–. ISBN 978-1-57167-116-5.
  5. ^ "STARTING OVER: NCAA CHAMP JUST ANOTHER PRO". Sun-Sentinel. July 10, 1985.
  6. ^ "Lendl and Leconte In Australian Final". The New York Times. 20 October 1985.

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