About Tracy Austin

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Tracy Austin w/ RacquetTRACY AUSTIN

Born
:             December 12, 1962
Birthplace:    Palos Verdes, CA
Residence:    Rolling Hills, CA
Turned Pro:  1977/Retired 1989

Career Highlights: 
• Won 32 singles titles 
• Two-time U.S. Open Champion (1979 & 1981) 
• Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion 1980 
• Highest singles ranking: No. 1 (April 7, 1980; July-November 17, 1980) 
• Earned $2,092,380 in career prize money 
• At age 29 years and 7 months, was the youngest to be inducted into the international Tennis
   Hall of Fame in 1992

Career Summary:
Tennis prodigy, Tracy Austin, stormed into women’s tennis in 1977 and set a number of amazing records as the youngest player in the sport.

In 1977, she was the youngest winner of a pro tournament when she won her first title at Avon Futures of Portland, Oregon, at the age of 14 years, 28 days. That same year, as an unseeded amateur, she reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.

In 1979, she won her first major title at the Italian Open where she defeated Chris Evert in the semifinals and severed Chris’ 125-match clay court winning streak. She then defeated Chris again that year to become the youngest player to win the U.S. Open at the age of 16 years and nine months.

In 1980, she was ranked No. 1 in the world and set a new record as the youngest No. 1 ranked player in tennis history. From 1978 to 1983, she was ranked in the Top Ten.

In 1980, she reached $1 million in career prize money, becoming the youngest player at the time, male or female, at the age of 17 years, 8 months to reach that mark. That same year, she and her brother, John, became the only brother/sister team to win Wimbledon mixed doubles in history.

In 1981, she won her second U.S. Open title in a thrilling tiebreak finish over Martina Navratilova. Tracy defeated Chris and Martina back-to-back five times, and she led the career head-to-head against Chris 9-8.

In 1983, back injuries limited her play, and then in 1989 she was involved in a near-fatal car accident that resulted in a broken leg, eventually ending her playing career. She is a tennis color commentator for Channel 7 Australia, Wimbledon BBC, Canadian Open, Tennis Channel, and has covered the French Open, U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics in Barcelona.

Tracy is married to Scott Holt and has 3 sons, Dylan, Brandon, and Sean.

Tracy has authored several instructional columns for Tennis Magazine and also written a book about her career, Beyond Center Court. She has contributed to the USTA High Performance Program, and to many charitable organizations, including her own Pro-Celebrity Tournament to benefit the South Bay Children’s Health-Center, started in 1978.