- Born26 November 1952
- Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
- LivesBoca Raton, Florida
- Height164 cm
- Playing StatusRetired
- Australian Tennis Hall Of Fame2009
United States 1979, 1982
Mixed doubles champion
French 1979, 1982
United States 1980
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
Several Australian champions - of both today and yesteryear - are celebrating significant anniversaries of US Open triumphs this year.
Australia has five women ranked inside the WTA top 100 - our biggest representation since January 1993.
Ash Barty becomes just the ninth Australian woman in the history of the WTA rankings to crack the coveted top 10.
Daria Gavrilova has taken her winning streak to six after winning her first ever main-draw match at the US Open on Wednesday.