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Durie playing in the Ladies' Invitation Doubles final at Wimbledon in 2004
|Residence||London, United Kingdom|
27 July 1960 |
Bristol, United Kingdom
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (1-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 5 (29 April 1984)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1983)|
|French Open||SF (1983)|
|US Open||SF (1983)|
|Highest ranking||No. 9 (December 1983) .|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1985)|
|French Open||SF (1983)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1983, 1984)|
|US Open||QF (1987, 1991)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1991)|
|Fed Cup||F (1981)|
|Last updated on: 11 June 2011.|
Jo Durie (born Joanna Mary Durie; 27 July 1960, in Bristol, United Kingdom) is a former singles world number 5 professional tennis player from the United Kingdom. During her career, she also reached number 9 in the world in doubles, and won two Grand Slam titles, both in the mixed doubles.
- 1 Singles career
- 2 Doubles career
- 3 Team Tennis
- 4 Retirement
- 5 Major finals
- 6 WTA Career Finals
- 7 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 8 References
- 9 External links
After a successful junior career which included winning junior British titles on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and indoor) in 1976; Jo Durie turned professional in 1977, and played her first match at Wimbledon that year against the eventual champion Virginia Wade. In 1980 Durie suffered a major back injury which kept her out of the game for eight months. However she made a successful return to the woman's tennis circuit in 1981, reaching the 4th round of the singles at Wimbledon and the US Open and climbing to her highest singles ranking so far of 35.
1983 proved to be her most successful year as a singles player, ending the season at number 6 in the world rankings and on the prize money leader board. At the Australian Open she reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final. As an unseeded player Durie then went onto reach the semi-finals of the French Open, beating both Pam Shriver and Tracy Austin along the way. Her dramatic rise up the singles rankings that year ended with another Grand Slam singles semi-final appearance at the US Open, where she eventually lost to Chris Evert in straight sets. Durie's success as a singles player during 1983 gained her a coveted place at the 1984 WTA Tour Championship as the 5th seed.
Her most successful year at Wimbledon as a singles player came in 1984 when she reached the quarter-finals, beating a 15-year old Steffi Graf in a memorable fourth round match. It was just after Wimbledon in 1984 that she reached a career high singles ranking of World No. 5.
She won two top-level WTA singles titles (both in 1983) at Mahwah, New Jersey and Sydney, and had career wins over Steffi Graf, Zina Garrison, Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlíková, and Tracy Austin. Further back injuries in 1989 led to a remodeling of her service action. Durie made her last appearance in a WTA tour singles final at the Virginia Slims of Newport tournament in 1990. In 1991 at the age of 30, and one of the oldest singles competitors that year, she had another successful run to the 4th round of the US Open.
She was ranked the No. 1 British player for most of her career. She won the British National Singles title a record seven times. She was the second British woman player after Virginia Wade to win $1 million in prize money.
Partnering her fellow British player Jeremy Bates, Durie won the mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1987, the first British doubles team to win the title for fifty-one years. In 1991 they became the first British doubles team ever to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title. As of 2013 both of these records still stand. As a team Bates and Durie reached an additional three mixed doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 1986, 1990 and 1993. They also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in 1992 as defending champions.
Durie would go on to win five woman's doubles titles from eighteen finals during her career. Her most successful year as a doubles player, aside from the Grand Slams in 1987 and 1991 was in 1983, when she reached six finals, winning three titles. Durie also reached the semi finals of the women's doubles at the French Open and Wimbledon. By virtue of this success she gained a place at the 1984 WTA Tour Championship in doubles, and reached the final partnering Ann Kiyomura.
Durie won the British National Doubles title a record nine times.
Durie was a stalwart member of the British Wightman Cup (1979, 1981–89), British Federation Cup (1981–95) and British European Cup teams (1989–92). Durie was the youngest member of the British Federation Cup team, alongside Virginia Wade and Sue Barker, which reached the team final in 1981. Durie led the British team to victory in the European Championship in Prague in 1992.
Durie retired from competitive tennis at the Wimbledon Championships in 1995, (her eighteenth appearance at the Championships), and marked it with a memorable performance. After three successive operations on her left knee, Durie went into the Championships ranked 326 in the world; yet reached the second round of the ladies singles. She beat France's Alexia Dechaume-Ballerat, ranked 85 in the world in straight sets in the first round. Her second round, and last singles match at Wimbledon was against Jana Novotná. After losing the match 6–2 6–2 Jo Durie was given a full standing ovation by the crowd on the 'old' No. 1 Court. Her last match at Wimbledon was appropriately a mixed doubles match on Centre Court, where she played alongside her long standing partner Jeremy Bates.
She is one of very few players to have a winning record against Steffi Graf and leads 4–3 in head-to-heads. Note, however, that all of her wins against Graf were before or during 1985, when Graf was typically a much lower-ranked played during the initial stages of her career.
After retiring from the professional tour, Durie has worked as a TV tennis commentator for both the BBC and British Eurosport. She used to coach British number one Elena Baltacha alongside her own former coach Alan Jones. She won back to back Wimbledon Ladies Senior Invitation doubles titles in 1996 and 1997.
Durie currently works as an academy coach at the FC** Academy in Middlesex.
Grand Slam finals
Mixed doubles: 2 finals (2 titles, 0 runner–ups)
|Winner||1987||Wimbledon||Grass||Jeremy Bates|| Nicole Provis
|Winner||1991||Australian Open||Hard||Jeremy Bates|| Robin White
|2–6, 6–4, 6–4|
Year-End Championships finals
Doubles: 1 final (0 titles, 1 runner–up)
|Runner-up||1984||New York City||Carpet (I)||Ann Kiyomura|| Martina Navratilova
WTA Career Finals
Singles: 6 (2–4)
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–0)|
|Tier I (0–0)|
|Tier II (0–0)|
|Tier III (0–1)|
|Tier IV (0–0)|
|Tier V (0–0)|
|Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (2–3)|
|Runner-up||1.||2 June 1980||Beckenham||Grass||Andrea Jaeger||4–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||2.||22 February 1982||Greenville||Hard (I)||Claudia Monteiro||4–6, 6–3, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||22 August 1983||Mahwah||Hard||Hana Mandlíková||2–6, 7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||3.||17 October 1983||Brighton||Carpet (I)||Chris Evert-Lloyd||1–6, 1–6|
|Winner||2.||21 November 1983||Sydney||Grass||Kathy Jordan||6–3, 7–5|
|Runner-up||4.||16 July 1990||Newport||Grass||Arantxa Sánchez Vicario||6–7(2), 6–4, 5–7|
Doubles: 18 (5–13)
|Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)|
|WTA Tour Championships (0–1)|
|Tier I (0–0)|
|Tier II (0–3)|
|Tier III (0–1)|
|Tier IV (1–0)|
|Tier V (0–1)|
|Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4–7)|
|Runner-up||1.||2 June 1979||Beckenham||Grass||Debbie Jevans|| Elizabeth Little
|Winner||1.||7 June 1982||Birmingham||Grass||Anne Hobbs|| Rosie Casals
|Runner-up||2.||10 January 1983||Houston||Carpet (I)||Barbara Potter|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||2.||14 March 1983||Boston||Carpet (I)||Ann Kiyomura|| Kathy Jordan
|Winner||3.||16 May 1983||Berlin||Clay||Anne Hobbs|| Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
|Runner-up||3.||13 June 1983||Eastbourne||Grass||Anne Hobbs|| Martina Navratilova
|Winner||4.||22 August 1983||Mahwah||Hard||Sharon Walsh|| Rosalyn Fairbank
|4–6, 7–5, 6–3|
|Runner-up||4.||17 October 1983||Brighton||Carpet (I)||Ann Kiyomura|| Chris Evert-Lloyd
|Runner-up||5.||20 February 1984||Livingston||Carpet (I)||Ann Kiyomura|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||6.||27 February 1984||Virginia Slims Championships||Carpet (I)||Ann Kiyomura|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||7.||18 June 1984||Eastbourne||Grass||Ann Kiyomura|| Martina Navratilova
|Runner-up||8.||13 August 1984||Mahwah||Hard||Ann Kiyomura|| Martina Navratilova
|6–7(3), 6–3, 2–6|
|Runner-up||9.||13 March 1989||Boca Raton||Hard||Mary Joe Fernández|| Jana Novotná
|Winner||5.||16 April 1990||Singapore||Hard||Jill Hetherington|| Pascale Paradis
|Runner-up||10.||24 September 1990||Leipzig||Carpet (I)||Manon Bollegraf|| Lise Gregory
|2–6, 6–4, 3–6|
|Runner-up||11.||22 October 1990||Brighton||Carpet (I)||Natasha Zvereva|| Helena Suková
|Runner-up||12.||23 September 1991||St. Petersburg||Carpet (I)||Isabelle Demongeot|| Elena Brioukhovets
|Runner-up||13.||2 February 1993||Paris||Carpet (I)||Catherine Suire|| Jana Novotná
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||3R||3R||QF||2R||3R||NH||4R||2R||3R||2R||2R||2R||A||A||A||0 / 11|
|French Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||SF||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||1R||A||1R||3R||A||A||A||0 / 12|
|Wimbledon||1R||1R||2R||1R||4R||1R||3R||QF||4R||3R||3R||2R||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||1R||2R||0 / 18|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||4R||3R||SF||1R||1R||3R||2R||1R||1R||1R||4R||1R||1R||A||A||0 / 13|
|Year End Ranking||123||73||53||31||28||6||24||26||24||73||60||118||64||60||60||192||343||292|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||2R||2R||QF||2R||SF||NH||QF||1R||QF||1R||1R||2R||A||A||A||0 / 11|
|French Open||A||A||A||1R||3R||3R||SF||3R||A||2R||A||A||2R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 7|
|Wimbledon||1R||A||3R||1R||1R||2R||SF||SF||QF||1R||1R||3R||A||2R||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||0 / 17|
|US Open||A||A||2R||A||3R||2R||2R||3R||2R||1R||QF||2R||2R||1R||QF||2R||2R||A||A||0 / 14|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||A||A||SF||W||QF||A||A||A||1 / 3|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0|
|Wimbledon||1R||1R||A||2R||3R||2R||3R||A||QF||QF||W||2R||A||QF||3R||3R||QF||2R||2R||1 / 16|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||SF||1R||A||A||A||0 / 3|
- NH = tournament not held.
- A = did not participate in the tournament.
- SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
- Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
- , additional text.
- Jo Durie at the Women's Tennis Association
- Jo Durie at the International Tennis Federation
- Jo Durie at the Fed Cup