Wendy White (tennis)

Wendy White-Prausa (born 29 September 1960) is a former professional tennis player.[1]

Wendy White
Country (sports) United States
Born (1960-09-29) September 29, 1960 (age 61)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Career record220–214
Career titles1
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (1982)
French Open3R (1983)
Wimbledon3R (1979, 1981, 1983, 1985)
US Open3R (1979, 1980, 1982)
Career record152–173
Career titles3
Grand Slam doubles results
French Open2R (1981, 1983, 1984)
Wimbledon3R (1981–82, 1984, 1989–90)
US OpenQF (1978, 1983)

Early life and educationEdit

White was born in 1960 in the state of Georgia. When she was 8, she learned to play tennis at a summer camp. White became a dominant junior player in her state and on the sectional and national levels. From 1977 to 1978, she won or was a finalist in over 30 national junior and amateur championships. In 1978, she was offered a full scholarship to Rollins College. In 1980, she was named Collegiate Player of the Year by Tennis.[2] She won the Broderick Award (now the Honda Sports Award) as the nation's top collegiate tennis player in 1980.[3][4] After winning the AIAW National Championship (the NCAA did not hold tennis championship for women players until 1982), White turned pro in 1980 as a sophomore. She is the only woman tennis player to turn professional and still graduate on time from college.[5]


White played on the WTA tour from 1978 to 1990. She won a singles title at the Virginia Slims of Kansas in 1986 and a doubles title at the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in 1990, and twice reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open doubles. She attained career-high rankings of #28 in singles on August 3, 1987 and #18 in doubles on September 10, 1990.

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 title, 1 runner up)Edit

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 January 1986 Virginia Slims of Kansas, U.S. Carpet (i)   Betsy Nagelsen 6–1, 6–7(5–7), 6–2
Loss 1–1 July 1987 Virginia Slims of Newport, U.S. Grass   Pam Shriver 2–6, 4–6


After retiring in 1992, White continued to coach and play. She has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1988). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1988. London: Willow Books. p. 370. ISBN 9780002182690.
  2. ^ Inductees ITA Hall of Fame, accessed January 21, 2016
  3. ^ "ITA WHOF Class of 2008". www.itatennis.co. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  4. ^ "Tennis". CWSA. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  5. ^ Dean Hybl (August 25, 2009). "Rollins College women's tennis: small school with a big tradition". Sports Then and Now.

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