Mary Joe Fernández
Fernández first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won four straight Orange Bowl junior titles. In 1985, aged 14 years and 8 days, Fernández became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round.
Fernández turned professional in 1986. She won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering with Betsy Nagelsen. Her first top-level singles title came in 1990 at the Tokyo Indoor championships.
Fernández reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Steffi Graf. She finished 1990 ranked a career-high World No. 4 in singles.
In 1991, Fernández teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Open. Fernández was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1992. This time, she lost to Monica Seles 6-2, 6-3.
Fernández was selected to represent the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. She won a gold medal in women's doubles, partnering Gigi Fernández (no relation), and a bronze medal in women's singles.
In the quarterfinals of the 1993 French Open, Fernández staged a dramatic comeback against Gabriela Sabatini after Sabatini took a 6-1, 5-1 lead. Fernández saved five match points during the 3-hour, 36-minute match and eventually won 1-6, 7-6(7-4), 10-8. she then defeated Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals to reach her third Grand Slam singles final. In a close match against Graf, Fernández lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Fernández won her second Grand Slam doubles title in 1996 at the French Open, partnering Lindsay Davenport. The pair went on to capture the year-end WTA Tour Championships doubles title later that year.
Fernández was a late replacement for Chanda Rubin on the United States team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She won a second straight women's doubles gold medal, again in partnership with Gigi Fernández. She was also entered in the singles competition due to a withdrawal and reached the semifinals, where she was defeated in the bronze medal match by Jana Novotná. Later that year, Fernández was a member of the U.S. team that won the Fed Cup.
Fernández won her final tour singles title in 1997 at the German Open in Berlin. Her final doubles title also came that year in Madrid. She retired from the tour in 2000, having won 7 singles titles, 17 WTA doubles titles, and 2 ITF women's doubles titles.
Since retiring from the tour, Fernández has served as a tennis commentator for ESPN and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the 2005 U.S. Open.