Wendy Turnbull

  • Age63
  • Born26 November 1952
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesBoca Raton, Florida
  • Height164 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Playing StatusRetired
  • Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame2009

Doubles champion
French 1979
Wimbledon 1978
United States 1979, 1982

Mixed doubles champion
French 1979, 1982
Wimbledon 1983-84
United States 1980

Fed Cup
Captain 1985-93

Wendy Turnbull turned pro in 1975 and was quickly nicknamed “Rabbit” by her peers, such was her speed around the court. In an illustrious career she made the final of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon. Turnbull’s consistency was exceptional, achieving a top 10 year-end ranking for eight consecutive years (1977-84) and a year-end top 20 ranking for 10 straight years (1977-86). She achieved her highest singles ranking of No.3 in January 1985. In doubles she paired with Kerry Reid to win the 1978 Wimbledon crown, with Betty Stove to win the 1979 US and French titles, and with Rosie Casals to win the 1982 US Open. She made another 11 major doubles finals, won five mixed doubles titles and teamed with Liz Smylie to win a bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Turnbull debuted in the Federation Cup in 1977 and played a record 45 ties, later serving as captain. In 1984 the Queenslander was awarded an OBE for services to tennis.

Wendy Turnbull in the news

Stosur’s always been a believer
Sam Stosur celebrates her quarterfinal victory over Tsvetana Pironkova at Roland Garros; Getty Images
3 June, 2016

Sam Stosur has been happy to let her tennis do the talking in silencing critics who felt her best days were behind her - and on Friday she plays for a place in the French Open…
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Stosur joins the Fed Cup greats
Sam Stosur (R) poses with Anna Karolina Schmiedlova ahead of their reverse singles rubber in the Australia v Slovakia Fed Cup World Group II tie in Bratislava; Roman Benicky
8 February, 2016

Sam Stosur's three victories in Fed Cup play against Slovakia have seen her leapfrog tennis legends Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong on the all-time Australian winners…
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