Carrie Cunningham

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Carrie Cunningham
Country United States
Born (1972-04-28) April 28, 1972 (age 42)
Turned pro 1987
Retired 1994
Prize money $317,652
Singles
Career record 81–84
Career titles 0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest ranking No. 38 (February 18, 1991)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1991)
French Open 3R (1991)
Wimbledon 2R (1989, 1990, 1991)
US Open 4R (1992)
US Open Junior W (1988)
Doubles
Career record 21–44
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 56 (December 9, 1991)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (1992)
French Open 1R (1991, 1992)
US Open 2R (1992)
Last updated on: October 9, 2013.

Carrie Cunningham (American, born April 28, 1972) is a former professional tennis player who played on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Circuit from 1987-1994. She originally hails from the state of Michigan, USA.

Career singles highlights[edit]

Cunningham's career highlights include a world ranking of 38 in February 1991, ending the year with a rank of 51 after reaching the 3rd rounds of both the Australian and French Opens.[1][2]

Her best Grand Slam performance was attaining the 4th round (round of 16) at the 1992 US Open, losing to eventual semi-finalist Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, 6-3, 7-5. She reached the second round in Wimbledon from 1989-1991. She also holds one Grand Slam Junior title - the US Junior Open Championshipin 1988.[3][4]

Doubles highlights[edit]

Cunningham was also on the doubles circuit, reaching one WTA final - the 1991 Tokyo International, with doubles partner Laura Gildemeister, losing 6-3, 6-3 to the team of Pam Shriver and Mary Joe Fernandez. She does hold a USTA Girls’ 18 National Championship doubles title, when she teamed with Andrea Farley to capture the 1988 crown on clay courts.[5][6]

Court habits and influence[edit]

Cunningham had a habit of sometimes grunting during her play. In fact, former world #1 Monica Seles cites Cunningham for starting her own grunting habit, after Seles lost a finals match to Cunningham in 1986. Said Seles, "it has been part of me since I was 12 when I played Carrie Cunningham in one of the finals and I started doing that. Since then, it has been always with me each year at Wimbledon." [7][8]

Earnings[edit]

Carrie Cunningham's career earnings on the professional tour totaled $318,541.[1]

Post career[edit]

Carrie pursued a career in medicine and surgery. She is presently on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and an attending surgeon under the name Carrie C. Lubitz, M.D., at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts USA.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b WTA Player Profile Carrie Cunningham
  2. ^ WTA Rankings 1989-2005
  3. ^ US Junior Open Champions
  4. ^ ITF: US Junior Open Champions
  5. ^ USTA site: USTA Girls’ 18 National Championships
  6. ^ Racquet Club of Memphis site: USTA Girls' 18 National Clay Court Championships
  7. ^ ASA Sports: Is it a natural part of your game?
  8. ^ New York Times: Tennis; Seles Reflects on Critical Shots
  9. ^ Carrie C. Lubitz, M.D. profile

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