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 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, and from 1980-91 she was No. 2.
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, her back injuries limited her play, and then in1989 she was involved in a near-fatal car accident that resulted in a broken leg that eventually ended her playing career.
She has been a color commentator for USA Network, Channel 7 Australia, BBC/Wimbledon, Tennis Channel, and has covered all of the Grand Slam events and the Olympics in Barcelona. She also is a tennis coach for the USTA Development Program in Carson, CA. Tracy is married with 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 much time to charitable organizations, including her own Pro-Celebrity Tournament to benefit the South Bay Children's Health-Center started in 1978.
- Won 32 singles titles
- Two-time U.S. Open Champion (1979 & 1980)
- Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion 1980
- Highest singles ranking: No. 1 (April 1980; July-November 1980) » Highest career prize money earned $2 million
- Age 29 years and 7 months, was the youngest to be Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in1992