Lisa Bonder (also known as Lisa Bonder-Kreiss and Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian) (born October 16, 1965) is a retired professional tennis player from the U.S. She is also known for her brief marriage to billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, who was 48 years older than her, and for their subsequent highly contentious divorce dispute that involved wiretapping and surreptitious paternity testing.
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California, U.S.|
|Born||October 16, 1965|
Columbus, Ohio, USA
|Turned pro||June 21, 1982|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (August 20, 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1985)|
|French Open||QF (1984)|
|US Open||4R (1983, 1984)|
|Highest ranking||No. 158 (December 21, 1986)|
Bonder played on the WTA tour from 1981 to 1991 and won four titles before retiring, the first in 1982 in Hamburg, West Germany, and then three tournaments in Tokyo from 1982 to 1983. She reached the fourth round of the US Open in 1983 and 1984 and at Wimbledon in 1984. She also reached a quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 1984, defeating Corinne Vanier, Vicki Nelson, Amy Holton and former champion Virginia Ruzici before losing to Camille Benjamin. Notable career victories include wins over Chris Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Andrea Jaeger. According to TennisForum.com, Bonder reached a career high ranking of no. 9. She retired with a 139–126 win/loss record.
Born in Columbus, Ohio to Seth and Julie Bonder, who later divorced, she was raised in Saline, Michigan. Her father Seth, an American engineer who founded Vector Research, Inc., was born in the Bronx to Russian emigrants who worked in the garment district.
Bonder was involved in a high-profile child support lawsuit with her ex-husband of 28 days, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian. Kerkorian, 48 years older than Bonder, suspected that Steve Bing, Bonder's ex-boyfriend, was the father of her daughter. Kerkorian hired "private-eye to the stars" Anthony Pellicano during the dispute. Pellicano took used dental floss from Bing's trashcan to do DNA paternity testing, succeeding in confirming that Bing was the father and not Kerkorian. Pellicano also wiretapped Bonder's phone calls. Pellicano subsequently was convicted on various charges, including wiretapping and racketeering, involving this case and many others, and he received a 15-year prison sentence. One of Kerkorian's attorneys also was convicted of racketeering for hiring Pellicano to tap Bonder's phone, and received a three-year prison sentence that was confirmed on appeal.
Change of nameEdit
She married Tom Kreiss on 10 January 1988, and changed her surname to Bonder-Kreiss. She divorced Kreiss to marry Kirk Kerkorian in 1999; then divorced again.
WTA Career finalsEdit
Singles: 5 (4–1)Edit
|Winner||1.||July 11, 1982||Hamburg||Clay||Renáta Tomanová||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||October 18, 1982||Tokyo||Hard||Shelley Solomon||2–6, 6–0, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||September 18, 1983||Tokyo||Carpet (i)||Andrea Jaeger||6–2, 5–7, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||October 16, 1983||Tokyo||Hard||Laura Arraya||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||1.||August 11, 1984||Indianapolis||Clay||Manuela Maleeva||4–6, 3–6|
Doubles: 1 (0–1)Edit
|Runner-up||1.||November 10, 1985||Tampa||Hard||Laura Gildemeister|| Carling Bassett
Grand Slam singles performance timelineEdit
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||2R||NH||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1|
|French Open||A||3R||3R||QF||2R||3R||2R||1R||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||4R||3R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||1R||0 / 7|
|US Open||1R||2R||4R||4R||2R||3R||3R||1R||A||A||1R||0 / 9|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 0||0 / 0||0 / 2||0 / 24|
- SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number played.
- "Sony Ericsson WTA Tour". Archived from the original on 2009-07-15.
- "ITF Lisa Bonder-Kreiss (USA)". Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- Katz, Jesse (September 2002). "The Game of Love". Los Angeles Magazine: 71.
- Cherry, W. Peter (2011). "Seth Bonder". In Assad, Arjang A.; Gass, Saul L. (eds.). Profiles in Operations Research. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. 147. Springer. pp. 739–752. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-6281-2_41. ISBN 978-1-4419-6280-5.
- "Divorce And Dollars - Forbes.com". 2002-09-27. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- Johnson, Ted (August 25, 2015). "Anthony Pellicano Faces Re-Sentencing After Court Overturns Convictions". Variety. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
- See the paragraph "Biography" at her profile at the Women's Tennis Association