Ilana Kloss

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Ilana Kloss
Ilana Kloss 2009 US Open 02.jpg
Country  South Africa
 United States
Residence New York City and Chicago
Born (1956-03-22) 22 March 1956 (age 58)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Turned pro 1973
Plays Left-handed
Career record 0–0
Highest ranking No. 19 (1976)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1976, 1979)
Wimbledon 3R (1975, 1976, 1978)
US Open 3R (1973, 1978)
Career record 2–4
Career titles 19
Highest ranking No. 1 (1976)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF 1983
French Open SF 1976, 1979
Wimbledon SF 1976
US Open W 1976
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W 1976

Ilana Sheryl Kloss (born 22 March 1956) is a former professional tennis player, tennis coach, and the current commissioner of World TeamTennis, a position that she has held since 2001.[1]

Tennis career[edit]

Kloss was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before turning professional, in 1972 she won the juniors singles title at Wimbledon. In 1974 she won US Open juniors singles title. She was the youngest No. 1 player in South African history.[2][3] In 1973, she won the title in Cincinnati with Pat Walkden, defeating Evonne Goolagong and Janet Young in the final.

Kloss was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles and No. 19 in singles in 1976. That year, she won doubles titles at the US Open, the Italian Open, the US Clay Courts, the German Open, the British Hard Courts Championship, and Hilton Head, as well as the mixed doubles title at the French Open.[3] Linky Boshoff was her most frequent doubles partner.[3] In 1977 she won the Canadian and German championships and the British clay court championship.[3]

In 1999 Kloss won the US Open doubles and mixed doubles championship on the 35-and-over tour.[3]

Federation Cup[edit]

In the 1970s she was 12–5 in Federation Cup matches.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Kloss, who is Jewish, was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. She also played in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.[4]

World Team Tennis[edit]

Kloss joined the Golden Gaters WTT team in 1974 and reached two WTT Championships in 1975 and 1976. In 1983 she coached the Chicago Fyre to a WTT Championship and was named Coach of the Year. In 1985 Kloss was a player and coach for the Miami Beach Breakers, and became Vice President of the WTT in 1987 and Executive Director in 1991. Since 2001 she has been the chief executive officer & Commissioner of World Team Tennis, a coed professional tennis league.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kloss is the daughter of Ruth and Shlaim Kloss. She has a sister, Yvette Merle Blackman (née Kloss), now married to Richard Blackman with two children, Lara and Joshua Blackman.

Kloss is the partner of Billie Jean King, the US tennis player.[5] She currently resides near the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Grand Slam tournament finals[edit]

Women's doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1976 US Open Clay South Africa Linky Boshoff Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–1, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1976 French Open Clay Australia Kim Warwick South Africa Linky Boshoff
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
5–7, 7–6, 6–2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ilana Kloss". WTT. 
  2. ^ US Open junior champions
  3. ^ a b c d e "Kloss, Ilana". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Seeking Jewish Tennis Players to Represent the United States | Adults-Seniors – News | USTA Florida". 22 September 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Portrait of a Pioneer: a Billie Jean King Documentary | TV Show Recaps, Celebrity Interviews & News About & For Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Women". 26 April 2006. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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