The famous American tennis player and coach celebrates her 50th birthday today Mary-Joe Fernandez… Portal Editorial Board GoTennis.ru joins numerous congratulations to Mary-Jo and wishes her good health and success in her career.
Mary-Joe Fernandez was born on August 19, 1971 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). She began her professional career in 1986. During her performances, she won seven WTA singles and nineteen doubles tournaments, while earning $ 5.258 million in prize money.
Fernandez played three times in the Grand Slam finals: at the Australian Open in 1990 and 1992, as well as at Roland Garros in 1993, but each time she was defeated – twice by Steffi Graf, and once – by Monica Seles. In October 1990, the American climbed to the highest in her career, fourth in the WTA rankings.
At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Fernandez won the bronze medal in singles, and, along with her compatriot Gigi Fernandez, became the doubles champion. Mary-Joe and Gigi repeated this success in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics.
In 2000, Fernandez retired from her professional career, after which she worked as a sports columnist for American television. 2009 to 2016 Mary-Jo served as captain of the US national team in the Federation Cup. In this post, she was replaced by Katie Rinaldi. Note that Fernandez voluntarily left her post. In 2016 Mary-Jo performed captain of the USA women’s team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.