Mary Joe Fernández

Mary Joe Fernández Godsick (born María José Fernández; August 19, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player, who reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in both singles and doubles. In singles, Fernández was the runner-up at the 1990 and 1992 Australian Opens, and the 1993 French Open, as well as winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In doubles, she won the 1991 Australian Open with Patty Fendick and 1996 French Open with Lindsay Davenport, plus two Olympic gold medals.

Mary Joe Fernández
Mary Joe Fernández at the 2010 US Open 01.jpg
Mary Joe at the 2010 US Open
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceMiami, Florida, U.S.
Born (1971-08-19) August 19, 1971 (age 49)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro1986
Retired2000
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$5,258,471
Singles
Career record437–203
Career titles7 WTA
Highest rankingNo. 4 (October 22, 1990)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (1990, 1992)
French OpenF (1993)
WimbledonSF (1991)
US OpenSF (1990, 1992)
Other tournaments
Doubles
Career record344–141
Career titles17 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 4 (February 18, 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1991)
French OpenW (1996)
WimbledonSF (1991, 1993)
US OpenF (1989)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1996)

CareerEdit

Mary Joe Fernández first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won four straight Orange Bowl junior titles. In 1985, aged 14 years and eight days, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round.

Turning professional in 1986, she won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering Betsy Nagelsen. She was also semifinalist at the 1989 French Open, losing to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 2-6, 2-6.

She reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated by Steffi Graf 3-6, 4-6 (having held a 4-1 lead herself in the second set). She won her first WTA singles title the same year at the Tokyo Indoor championships, and finished the year ranked a career-high world No. 4 in singles.

In 1991, Fernández reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she was match point up against Monica Seles, before eventually losing 3-6, 6-0, 7-9.[1] She teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's Australian Open doubles title. At Wimbledon, she reached the semifinals, losing to Steffi Graf in straight sets.

She reached the Australian Open singles final again in 1992, beating world no. 3 Gabriela Sabatini in the semifinals before losing to Seles 2-6, 3-6. She also reached the semifinals of the US Open, beating Sabatini in the quarterfinals and losing once again to Seles. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Fernández was selected to represent the United States and won both a gold medal in women's doubles (with Gigi Fernández) and a bronze medal in singles.

In 1993, she won the title in Indian Wells, defeating Amanda Coetzer in the final. At the French Open, she defeated world no. 5 Sabatini in the quarterfinals and world no. 3 Sanchez-Vicario in the semifinals. In the final against Steffi Graf, Fernandez held several points to lead 3-0 in the final set, but eventually lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Fernández won her second Grand Slam doubles title in 1996 at the French Open, partnering with Lindsay Davenport. The pair went on to capture the year-end WTA Tour Championships doubles title later that year.

She was a late replacement for Chanda Rubin on the United States team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She won a second straight women's doubles gold medal, again in partnership with Gigi Fernández. She was also entered in the singles competition (owing to a withdrawal), and reached the semifinals, defeating world no. 2 Conchita Martinez in the quarterfinals. She was defeated for the bronze medal by Jana Novotná. Later that year, Fernández was a member of the U.S. team that won the Fed Cup.

Fernández reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 1997, losing to Martina Hingis 1-6, 3-6. In May, she won her first and only tier I tournament in Berlin, beating Jana Novotna in the semifinals and Mary Pierce in the final. At the end-of-year WTA Finals, she defeated world no. 2 Lindsay Davenport.

In 1999, she defeated Serena Williams in the third round of the French Open and in her last grand slam appearance she lost to Venus Williams in the fourth round of the US Open the same year.

She retired from the tour in 2000, having won a total of 24 titles:- seven WTA singles titles and 17 doubles titles.

Post RetirementEdit

In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were nevertheless cleared to compete. Among those athletes was Fernández.[2]

Fernández coached the US Fed Cup team from 2008 to 2016[3] and served as the woman's coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team in London.[4]

She currently works as an analyst and commentator for ESPN.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Fernández was born in the Dominican Republic; her parents were immigrants to the country. Her father José is from Asturias, Spain, and her mother Silvia Pino is from Cuba.[6] She completed her high school education at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida.[7]

In April 2000, Fernández married Anthony (Tony) Godsick, a sports agent with International Management Group.[8] Monica Seles was a bridesmaid at the wedding.[9] They have two children.[10] Her husband is the current agent of Roger Federer.[11]

She has homes in Cleveland, Ohio, and Key Biscayne, Florida.[12]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournamentsEdit

Singles: 3 (3 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1990 Australian Open Hard   Steffi Graf 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1992 Australian Open Hard   Monica Seles 2–6, 3–6
Loss 1993 French Open Clay   Steffi Graf 6–4, 2–6, 4–6

Women's doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1989 US Open Hard   Pam Shriver   Hana Mandlíková
  Martina Navratilova
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 1990 Australian Open Hard   Patty Fendick   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
6–7(5–7), 6–7(6–8)
Win 1991 Australian Open Hard   Patty Fendick   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Loss 1992 Australian Open Hard   Zina Garrison   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
4–6, 6–7(4–7)
Loss 1996 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Chanda Rubin
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Win 1996 French Open Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Loss 1997 French Open Clay   Lisa Raymond   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 3–6

OlympicsEdit

Singles: 1 bronze medalEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Bronze 1992 Barcelona Clay Tied DNP

Mary Joe Fernández lost in the semifinals to Steffi Graf 4–6, 2–6. In 1992, there was no bronze medal play-off match, both beaten semifinal players received bronze medals.

Doubles: 2 gold medalsEdit

Outcome Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Gold 1992 Barcelona Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Gold 1996 Atlanta Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
7–6(9–7), 6–4

Year-end championships finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 titleEdit

Result Year Location Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1996 New York Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 16 (7–9)Edit

Finals by surface
Hard (2–4)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (2–2)
Carpet (3–2)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. Oct 1989 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Gabriela Sabatini 6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 2. Jan 1990 Australian Open Hard   Steffi Graf 3–6, 4–6
Win 1. Sep 1990 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Amy Frazier 3–6, 6–2, 6–3
Win 2. Oct 1990 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Barbara Paulus 6–1, 6–3
Loss 3. Apr 1991 Houston Clay   Monica Seles 4–6, 3–6
Loss 4. Sep 1991 Tokyo Hard   Monica Seles 1–6, 1–6
Loss 5. Jan 1992 Australian Open Hard   Monica Seles 2–6, 3–6
Loss 6. Feb 1992 Essen Carpet (i)   Monica Seles 0–6, 3–6
Win 3. Feb 1993 Indian Wells Hard   Amanda Coetzer 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(8–6)
Loss 7. May 1993 French Open Clay   Steffi Graf 6–4, 2–6, 4–6
Loss 8. Jun 1994 Sydney Hard   Kimiko Date 4–6, 2–6
Win 4. May 1994 Strasbourg Clay   Gabriela Sabatini 2–6, 6–4, 6–0
Win 5. Feb 1995 Indian Wells Hard   Natasha Zvereva 6–4, 6–3
Win 6. Oct 1995 Brighton Carpet (i)   Amanda Coetzer 6–4, 7–5
Loss 9. Jun 1996 Eastbourne Grass   Monica Seles 0–6, 2–6
Win 7. May 1997 Berlin Clay   Mary Pierce 6–4, 6–2

Doubles: 43 (19–24)Edit

Winner – Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (2–5)
WTA Tour Championships (1–0)
Olympic Games (2–0)
Tier I (2–5)
Tier II (8–11)
Tier III (4–3)
Tier IV (0–0)
Tier V (0–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (8–14)
Grass (0–1)
Clay (6–4)
Carpet (5–5)
Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. Jan 1989 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch   Katrina Adams
  Zina Garrison
3–6, 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
Loss 2. Mar 1989 Boca Raton Hard   Jo Durie   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
4–6, 2–6
Loss 3. Aug 1989 Los Angeles Hard   Claudia Kohde-Kilsch   Martina Navratilova
  Wendy Turnbull
2–5 ret.
Loss 4. Aug 1989 US Open Hard   Pam Shriver   Hana Mandlíková
  Martina Navratilova
7–5, 4–6, 4–6
Win 1. Sep 1989 Dallas Carpet (i)   Betsy Nagelsen   Elise Burgin
  Rosalyn Fairbank
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Loss 5. Jan 1990 Australian Open Hard   Patty Fendick   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
6–7(5–7), 6–7(3–7)
Win 2. Sep 1990 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Robin White   Gigi Fernández
  Martina Navratilova
4–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Win 3. Oct 1990 Filderstadt Carpet (i)   Zina Garrison   Mercedes Paz
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 6–3
Loss 6. Nov 1990 Worcester Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná   Gigi Fernández
  Helena Suková
6–3, 3–6, 3–6
Win 4. Jan, 1991 Australian Open Hard   Patty Fendick   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
7–6(7–4), 6–1
Loss 7. Jan 1991 Tokyo Carpet (i)   Robin White   Kathy Jordan
  Elizabeth Smylie
6–4, 0–6, 3–6
Win 5. Mar 1991 Key Biscayne Hard   Zina Garrison   Gigi Fernández
  Jana Novotná
7–5, 6–2
Loss 8. Apr 1991 Houston Clay   Patty Fendick   Jill Hetherington
  Kathy Rinaldi
1–6, 6–2, 1–6
Win 6. Sep 1991 Tokyo Hard   Pam Shriver   Carrie Cunningham
  Laura Gildemeister
6–3, 6–3
Loss 9. Nov 1991 Philadelphia Carpet (i)   Zina Garrison   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
2–6, 4–6
Loss 10. Jan 1992 Sydney Hard   Zina Garrison   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
6–7(4–7), 7–6(4–7), 2–6
Loss 11. Jan 1992 Australian Open Hard   Zina Garrison   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  Helena Suková
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Loss 12. Jun 1992 Eastbourne Grass   Zina Garrison   Larisa Neiland
  Jana Novotná
0–6, 3–6
Win 7. Jul 1992 Olympics Clay   Gigi Fernández   Conchita Martínez
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
7–5, 2–6, 6–2
Win 8. Sep 1992 Tokyo Hard   Robin White   Yayuk Basuki
  Nana Miyagi
6–4, 6–4
Loss 13. Mar 1993 Rome Clay   Zina Garrison   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
4–6, 2–6
Win 9. May 1993 Lucerne Clay   Helena Suková   Lindsay Davenport
  Marianne Werdel
6–2, 6–4
Loss 14. Oct 1994 Brighton Carpet (i)   Jana Novotná   Manon Bollegraf
  Larisa Neiland
6–4, 2–6, 3–6
Loss 15. Jan 1995 Sydney Hard   Patty Fendick   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Win 10. Mar 1995 Delray Beach Hard   Jana Novotná   Lori McNeil
  Larisa Neiland
6–2, 6–4
Win 11. May 1995 Strasbourg Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Sabine Appelmans
  Miriam Oremans
6–2, 6–3
Win 12. Sep 1995 Tokyo Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Amanda Coetzer
  Linda Wild
6–3, 6–2
Win 13. Jan 1996 Sydney Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Lori McNeil
  Helena Suková
6–3, 6–3
Loss 16. Jan 1995 Australian Open Hard   Lindsay Davenport   Chanda Rubin
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 6–2, 4–6
Loss 17. Apr 1996 Hilton Head Island Clay   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
2–6, 3–6
Win 14. May 1996 French Open Clay   Lindsay Davenport   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
6–2, 6–1
Win 15. Jul 1996 Olympics Hard   Gigi Fernández   Jana Novotná
  Helena Suková
7–6(8–6), 6–4
Loss 18. Aug 1996 Montreal Hard   Helena Suková   Larisa Neiland
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–7(1–7), 1–6
Win 16. Nov 1996 Oakland Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Irina Spîrlea
  Nathalie Tauziat
6–1, 6–3
Win 17. Nov 1996 Chase Championships Carpet (i)   Lindsay Davenport   Jana Novotná
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
6–3, 6–2
Win 18. Mar 1997 Hilton Head Island Clay   Martina Hingis   Lindsay Davenport
  Jana Novotná
7–5, 4–6, 6–1
Win 19. May 1997 Madrid Clay   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Inés Gorrochategui
  Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–2
Loss 19. May 1997 French Open Clay   Lisa Raymond   Gigi Fernández
  Natasha Zvereva
2–6, 3–6
Loss 20. Aug 1998 Boston Hard   Mariaan de Swardt   Lisa Raymond
  Rennae Stubbs
4–6, 4–6
Loss 21. Sep 1998 Tokyo Hard   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario   Anna Kournikova
  Monica Seles
4–6, 4–6
Loss 22. Jan 1999 Sydney Hard   Anke Huber   Elena Likhovtseva
  Ai Sugiyama
3–6, 6–2, 0–6
Loss 23. Mar 1999 Indian Wells Hard   Jana Novotná   Martina Hingis
  Anna Kournikova
2–6, 2–6
Loss 24. Mar 1999 Key Biscayne Hard   Monica Seles   Martina Hingis
  Jana Novotná
6–0, 4–6, 6–7(1–7)

Grand Slam performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)

SinglesEdit

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR
Australian Open A NH A A 3R F SF F QF 4R 4R 4R SF A 3R 0 / 10
French Open 1R QF 2R A SF QF QF 3R F 3R 1R 4R QF A 4R 0 / 13
Wimbledon A 1R 4R 4R 4R A SF 3R 3R 3R QF QF 4R A 1R 0 / 12
US Open 2R 3R 3R 3R 1R SF 3R SF A 3R QF A 4R 3R 4R 0 / 13
SR 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 48
Career Statistics
Year-end ranking 99 27 20 15 12 4 8 6 7 14 8 16 10 76 38

DoublesEdit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 Career SR
Australian Open NH A A QF F W F QF QF QF F 2R A 2R 1 / 10
French Open A 1R A 2R A QF 1R 3R 3R SF W F A 2R 1 / 10
Wimbledon A 1R A A A SF QF SF 1R 1R QF QF A QF 0 / 9
US Open 1R 2R 2R F A SF QF A A A A 3R 3R QF 0 / 9
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 1 1 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 1 0 / 4 2 / 38
Career Statistics
Year-end ranking 131 85 63 8 6 5 11 15 26 10 5 16 89 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Connor, Mary (January 25, 1991). "TENNIS AUSTRALIAN OPEN : Seles Saves Win Over Fernandez". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "Olympics; Anti-doping official says U.S. covered up". New York Times. April 17, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mary Joe Fernandez steps down as U.S. Fed Cup captain". Tennis.com. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Joanne C. Gerstner (June 4, 2012). "Mary Joe Fernandez to coach U.S." ESPN. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  5. ^ "ESPN Press Room: Mary Jo Fernandez". ESPN Press Room. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  6. ^ McDermott, Barry (January 6, 1986). "Young Mary Joe Is On The Go". CNN (online). Sports Illustrated. SI Vault. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Murphy, Austin (February 11, 1991). "The Graduate". Sports Illustrated. p. 76.
  8. ^ Society Desk (April 9, 2000). "WEDDINGS; Mary Joe Fernandez, Anthony Godsick". New York Times. p. Section 9; Page 9; Column 1.
  9. ^ Drillman, Lisa (July 6, 2000). "0-0, She's Back". LA Times. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Outlaw, Adrianna (September 16, 2004). "Mama Mary Joe Gives Birth to Second Child". Tennis Week Magazine.
  11. ^ Clarey, Christopher (December 12, 2013). "Federer and His Agent Start Their Own Firm Representing Athletes". The New York Times.
  12. ^ "Womens Circuit Players". International Tennis Association. Retrieved June 11, 2011.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Gabriela Sabatini
Orange Bowl Girls' Singles Champion
Category: 18 and under

1985
Succeeded by
  Patricia Tarabini