Andrea Jaeger

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Andrea Jaeger
Country  United States
Residence Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Born (1965-06-04) June 4, 1965 (age 49)
Chicago, Illinois
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Turned pro 1980
Retired 1985
Plays Right-handed (two handed-backhand)
Prize money US$1,379,065[1]
Singles
Career record 260–85[1]
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 2 (August 17, 1981)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (1982)
French Open F (1982)
Wimbledon F (1983)
US Open SF (1980, 1982)
Doubles
Career record 47–38[1]
Career titles 4
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (1981, 1982)
French Open QF (1982)
Wimbledon 3R (1981)
US Open SF (1980)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W (1981)
Wimbledon 1R (1980, 1983)

Andrea Jaeger (born June 4, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former World No. 2 professional tennis player from the United States whose brief but highly successful tennis career ended prematurely due to major shoulder injuries. Jaeger reached the singles final of Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982. She reached the singles semifinals of the Australian Open in 1982 and of the U.S. Open in 1980 and 1982. She also won 10 singles titles. In mixed doubles, Jaeger won the French Open with Jimmy Arias in 1981. During her career, Jaeger won U.S. $1.4 million in prize money and millions more in endorsements. After retirement in 1987, she has prominently dedicated her life to public service, charities, and philanthropy. In 2006 she became Sister Andrea, an Anglican Dominican nun. She is a member of the Episcopal Church and based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, U.S.[3]

Tennis career[edit]

While a student at Stevenson High School in suburban Chicago, Jaeger was the top ranked player in the United States in the 18-and-under age group. She won 13 U.S. national junior titles, including the most prominent junior titles in tennis: the 1979 Orange Bowl and 1979 Boca Raton.

The cover of the 1980 biography, Andrea Jaeger: Tennis Champion.

In 1980 (at the age of 15 years, 19 days), she became the youngest player ever to be seeded at Wimbledon,[4] a record that was broken by Jennifer Capriati in 1990. After defeating former champion Virginia Wade, she became the youngest quarter-finalist in the history of the tournament.[5] Later in the year, she became the youngest semifinalist in US Open history and was elected rookie of the year.[by whom?]

In 1981, Jaeger won the U.S. Clay Court Championships, defeating Virginia Ruzici in the final.

At the French Open in 1982, Jaeger defeated Chris Evert in a semifinal 6–3, 6–1 but lost the final to Martina Navratilova. She then reached the semifinals of both the US Open and the Australian Open, losing both matches to Evert in straight sets.

At Wimbledon in 1983, Jaeger defeated six-time Wimbledon singles champion Billie Jean King 6–1, 6–1 in a semifinal on Centre Court, which was King's last career singles match at that tournament and her most lopsided singles defeat ever at Wimbledon.[6] Jaeger then lost the final to Navratilova. In 2003, Jaeger said that the night before the final, she had a heated argument with her father[7] over practicing and was locked out of her apartment by her father. Eventually, Jaeger asked Navratilova to convince her father to let her back in. She stated that emotional fatigue might have contributed to her lackluster performance in the final.[7] On July 4, 2008, Jaeger claimed in the British paper The Daily Mail that she threw the final against Navratilova.[8]

Jaeger competed in the tennis demonstration event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (tennis was re-introduced as an Olympic sport in 1988). In 2006, Jaeger exchanged gifts with an Army Ranger serving in the Iraq War. He gave her his dog tags, and she gave him her Olympic ring.[9]

Jaeger's career win-loss record against other top players was 3–17 against Evert, 4–11 against Navratilova, 2–8 against Tracy Austin, 6–8 against Hana Mandlíková, and 2–4 against Pam Shriver.

In an interview in 2003, Jaeger stated that she was never committed to being the top ranked player in the world and tanked matches to avoid the top spot.[10] As she rose toward the top of the game, she started visiting hospitals during tournaments. She stated that she found it, in the words of a USA Today columnist, "difficult to reconcile the narrow-minded focus of a top tennis player with her desire to help others."[11]

Jaeger won eight of the nine singles matches she played for the U.S. in Fed Cup. She also won two of the three Wightman Cup singles matches she played for the U.S.[12]

A major shoulder injury at the age of 19 ended Jaeger's career prematurely in 1985. Seeing this career-ending injury as a door to a spiritual awakening, she went to college and obtained a degree in theology.

Philanthropy[edit]

Jaeger used her winnings from tennis to create the Silver Lining Foundation with her close friend and business partner Heidi Bookout in 1990. Located in Aspen, Colorado, the organization transported groups of young cancer patients to Aspen for a week of support and activities, including horseback riding and whitewater rafting. The foundation also provided money for reunions, family campouts, college scholarships, medical internships, and other programs for children who could not travel. The organization had other powerful backers, both in the world of sports and elsewhere. The first contributor was John McEnroe. Many high-profile celebrities were also involved, including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, and David Robinson. In 1996, Jaeger received the Samuel S. Beard Award for Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.[13]

Jaeger's autobiography, "First Service", was published in 2004. In the book she wrote about her teenage years as a tennis player and her later decision to focus on serving God. All proceeds from the book were donated to children's charities.

Jaeger has since established the "Little Star Foundation", reaching on average 4,000 kids annually. She has moved from Aspen to a much larger 220-acre (0.89 km2) property in Hesperus, Colorado, where she will be able to expand her programs.[11]

On September 16, 2006, at the age of 41, Jaeger became Sister Andrea, an Anglican Dominican nun.[14] She reportedly left the order in 2009.[15]

In April 2007, Jaeger and several former athletes, including Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Muhammad Ali, appeared on the American morning television talk show Good Morning America to announce their formation of a new charity entitled "Athletes for Hope" with the goal of encouraging their fellow athletes to think philanthropically.[16][17]

Oprah Winfrey describes Jaeger as a superstar turned superhero.[18]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 finals (0 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1982 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova 7–6(8–6), 6–1
Runner-up 1983 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova 6–0, 6–3

Mixed doubles: 1 final (1 title, 0 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1981 French Open Clay United States Jimmy Arias Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Fred McNair
7–6, 6–4

Year-End Championships finals[edit]

Singles: 1 finals (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Location Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1981 New York City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova 6–3, 7–6(7–3)

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles: 35 (10–25)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–2)
WTA Tour Championships (0–1)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (10–22)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–7)
Grass (1–3)
Clay (2–8)
Carpet (4–7)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 14, 1980 Las Vegas Hard (I) United States Barbara Potter 7–6, 4–6, 6–1
Winner 2. June 2, 1980 Beckenham Grass United Kingdom Jo Durie 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 1. August 4, 1980 Indianapolis Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. August 18, 1980 Mahwah Hard Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 7–6(7–0), 2–6, 2–6
Winner 3. September 15, 1980 Las Vegas Hard (I) Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. October 13, 1980 Deerfield Beach Hard (I) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 4–6, 1–6
Winner 4. November 10, 1980 Tampa Hard United States Tracy Austin w/o
Runner-up 4. January 7, 1981 Landover Carpet (I) United States Tracy Austin 2–6, 2–6
Winner 5. January 12, 1981 Kansas City Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Winner 6. February 9, 1981 Oakland Carpet (I) United Kingdom Virginia Wade 6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 5. March 2, 1981 Los Angeles Carpet (I) Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova 4–6, 0–6
Runner-up 6. March 22, 1981 Avon Championships Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 7. April 27, 1981 Orlando Clay United States Martina Navratilova 5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 8. June 15, 1981 Eastbourne Grass United States Tracy Austin 3–6, 4–6
Winner 7. August 3, 1981 Indianapolis Clay Romania Virginia Ruzici 6–1, 6–0
Runner-up 9. October 12, 1981 Deerfield Beach Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–4, 3–6, 0–6
Runner-up 10. November 16, 1981 Perth Grass United States Pam Shriver 1–6, 6–7
Runner-up 11. January 18, 1982 Seattle Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 2–6, 0–6
Winner 8. February 1, 1982 Detroit Carpet (I) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec 2–6, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 9. February 22, 1982 Oakland Carpet (I) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner-up 12. April 3, 1982 Palm Beach Gardens Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 13. April 5, 1982 Hilton Head Island Clay United States Martina Navratilova 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 14. April 19, 1982 Amelia Island Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 1–6
Runner-up 15. May 24, 1982 French Open Clay United States Martina Navratilova 6–7(6–8), 1–6
Runner-up 16. August 15, 1982 Montreal Hard United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 5–7
Runner-up 17. October 4, 1982 Deerfield Beach Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 18. October 11, 1982 Tampa Hard United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–3, 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 19. November 15, 1982 Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3-6, 2-6
Winner 10. January 22, 1983 Marco Island Clay Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková 6–1, 6–3
Runner-up 20. January 30, 1983 Palm Beach Gardens Clay United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 21. February 14, 1983 Chicago Carpet (I) United States Martina Navratilova 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 22. April 18, 1983 Orlando Clay United States Martina Navratilova 1–6, 5–7
Runner-up 23. June 20, 1983 Wimbledon Grass United States Martina Navratilova 0–6, 3–6
Runner-up 24. September 18, 1983 Tokyo Carpet (I) United States Lisa Bonder 2–6, 7–5, 1–6
Runner-up 25. April 30, 1984 Johannesburg Hard (I) United States Chris Evert-Lloyd 3–6, 0–6

Doubles: 6 (4–2)[edit]

Winner — Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4–2)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–0)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. August 11, 1980 Toronto Hard Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–1, 6–3
Winner 2. October 13, 1980 Deerfield Beach Hard Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Candy Reynolds
1–6, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 3. January 22, 1983 Marco Island Clay United States Mary-Lou Piatek United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 1. April 4, 1983 Hilton Head Island Clay United States Paula Smith United States Martina Navratilova
United States Candy Reynolds
2–6, 3–6
Winner 4. August 15, 1983 Toronto Hard United Kingdom Anne Hobbs South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
United States Candy Reynolds
6–4, 5–7, 7–5
Runner-up 2. January 23, 1984 Marco Island Clay United Kingdom Anne Hobbs Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
6–3, 2–6, 2–6

Grand Slam singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 Career SR
Australian Open A A QF SF A A A 0 / 2
French Open A 1R SF F SF 1R 2R 0 / 6
Wimbledon A QF 4R 4R F A A 0 / 4
U.S. Open 2R SF 2R SF QF A 2R 0 / 6
SR 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 18
Career Statistics
Year End Ranking NR 7 4 3 3 42 NR

A = did not participate in the tournament.

SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andrea Jaeger at the Women's Tennis Association
  2. ^ Andrea Jaeger at the International Tennis Federation
  3. ^ Jaeger finds joy in serving others
  4. ^ Tingay, Lance (1983). The Guinness Book of Tennis Facts & Feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 41. ISBN 0-85112-289-2. 
  5. ^ The Daily News – June 1980
  6. ^ Billie Jean King. wimbledon.org.
  7. ^ a b Daily Times (Pakistan)
  8. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Jaeger's confession – I let Martina win the title
  9. ^ From tennis to nunhood to Making a Difference – Making a Difference – MSNBC.com
  10. ^ Sister Andrea Jaeger « tennis served fresh
  11. ^ a b USATODAY.com
  12. ^ Tingay, Lance (1983). The Guinness book of tennis facts & feats. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 203. ISBN 0-85112-289-2. 
  13. ^ http://www.jeffersonawards.org/pastwinners/national
  14. ^ Patrick Saunders (31 January 2008). "Jaeger finds joy in serving others". The Denver Post. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Futterman, Matthew (August 27, 2010). "Where Are They Now?". The Wall Street Journal. 
  16. ^ 'Athletes for Hope' Unite for Charity
  17. ^ Athletes for Hope
  18. ^ Andrea Jaeger

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Kathy Jordan
WTA Newcomer of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
Kathy Rinaldi