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Nancy Richey (born August 23, 1942) is a former tennis player from the United States, who won two Grand Slam singles titles (1967 Australian Championships and 1968 French Open) and four Grand Slam women's doubles titles (1965 U.S. Championships and 1966 Australian, Wimbledon, and U.S. Championships). She was ranked World No. 2 in singles at year-end in 1969. Richey won 69 singles titles during her career and helped the U.S. win the Federation Cup in 1969. She won the singles title at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships a record six consecutive years, from 1963 through 1968.

Nancy Richey
Country (sports) United States
Born (1942-08-23) August 23, 1942 (age 77)
San Angelo, TX, USA
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
PlaysRight-handed
Int. Tennis HoF2003 (member page)
Singles
Career recordno value
Highest rankingNo.2 (1969)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1967)
French OpenW (1968)
WimbledonSF (1968)
US OpenF (1966, 1969)
Doubles
Career recordno value
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1966)
French OpenF (1969)
WimbledonW (1966)
US OpenW (1965, 1966)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1965)
Team competitions
Fed CupW (1969)

Richey married Kenneth S. Gunter on December 15, 1970. They were divorced on December 28, 1976, and Richey reverted to her maiden name. She is the sister of American tennis player Cliff Richey. They were the first brother-sister combination to both be concurrently ranked in the USA Top Ten. They were ranked in the Top Three concurrently in 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1970.[1] Nancy Richey was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1966 Australian Championships Grass   Margaret Smith walkover
Loss 1966 French Championships Clay   Ann Haydon Jones 3–6, 1–6
Loss 1966 U.S. Championships Grass   Maria Bueno 3–6, 1–6
Win 1967 Australian Championships Grass   Lesley Turner 6–1, 6–4
Win 1968 French Open Clay   Ann Haydon Jones 5–7, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 1969 U.S. Open Grass   Margaret Court 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1965 U.S. Championships Grass   Carole Graebner   Billie Jean King
  Karen Hantze
6–4, 6–4
Win 1966 Australian Championships Grass   Carole Graebner   Margaret Court
  Lesley Turner
6–4, 7–5
Win 1966 Wimbledon Grass   Maria Bueno   Margaret Court
  Judy Tegart
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
Win 1966 U.S. Championships Grass   Maria Bueno   Rosie Casals
  Billie Jean King
6–3, 6–4
Loss 1967 Wimbledon Grass   Maria Bueno   Rosie Casals
  Billie Jean King
11–9, 4–6, 2–6
Loss 1969 French Open Clay   Margaret Court   Françoise Dürr
  Ann Haydon Jones
0–6, 6–4, 5–7

Grand Slam singles tournament 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)
Tournament 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 Career SR
Australia A A A A A A A A F W A A A A A A A A A A / A A 1 / 2
France A A A A A A 4R SF F A W SF A SF 3R 3R A A A 3R 2R 1 / 10
Wimbledon A A A 2R 3R A QF QF QF 4R SF QF A QF QF A A 2R A A A 0 / 11
United States 1R 3R QF A 3R QF SF SF F A A F SF 3R 1R 3R QF 1R 2R 4R 1R 0 / 18
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 1 / 2 1 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 2 2 / 41

Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

In 1974, Richey was seeded No. 7 for the Wimbledon Ladies Singles, but withdrew from the tournament before it began.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bill Shannon, ed. (1981). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (3rd, Revised and updated ed.). New York [u.a.]: Harper & Row. pp. 427, 433, 434. ISBN 9780060148966.

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