December 8, 1945 |
|Highest ranking||5 (1969)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1974)|
|French Open||SF (1970)|
|US Open||SF (1974)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (1974)|
|French Open||SF (1968, 1969, 1970)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1969, 1974)|
|US Open||QF (1968, 1969)|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1969 Israel||Women's Singles|
|Gold||1969 Israel||Women's Doubles|
|Gold||1969 Israel||Mixed Doubles|
In 1969 she was World No. 5, her highest career world ranking, and was ranked No. 2 in the U.S.
The daughter of junior champion Julius Heldman (the U.S. junior champion in 1936; a leading amateur player in the 1930s and 1940s) and World Tennis Magazine founder and publisher Gladys Heldman (who played at Wimbledon), she was born in Berkeley, California and began playing tennis when she was eight years old.
She won her first national title (the Canadian 18 and under singles) at age 12, in 1958. It was the first of her three Canadian Junior Championships, and she became the first 12-year-old ever to capture a national crown. Heldman went on to win the U.S. Girls Junior Singles Title in 1960 (in the 15s) and 1963 (in the 18s).
Heldman was Cincinnati Singles Champion in 1962. While a student at Stanford University in 1964, Heldman reached the national collegiate singles and doubles finals. She received her B.A. from Stanford in 1966, and went on to earn her J.D. from UCLA Law School in 1981, where she was a Law Review editor and was Law School Graduate of the Year, as well as UCLA Graduate Woman of the Year.
Heldman won the Canadian Open singles title in 1965. She won three medals (gold in mixed doubles, silver in women's doubles and bronze in women's singles) at the Olympic demonstration tournament in 1968. In 1969, she won the Italian Open, beating Kerry Melville Reid in the final. She reached the semifinals of three Grand Slam singles tournaments: the 1970 French Open, the 1974 Australian Open, and the 1974 US Open. She won the doubles title at the US Women's Clay Court Championships and at the Canadian Open in 1974.
In 1970, she was a member of the "Houston Nine" who left the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to play in the Virginia Slims tournament in Houston. Supported by her mother, the tour was so successful that it eventually merged with the USTA and became the current WTA. The first all-woman's tour, the Virginia Slims circuit eventually earned women the right to receive equal pay with men in competitions.
Heldman played on the US Federation Cup teams that captured the championship in 1966 and 1969. She also played on the U.S. Federation Cup teams in 1970, 1974, and 1975. She was the captain of the team in 1975. Her career win-loss record in Federation Cup competition was 21-9.
Other career highlights
- Ranked in the USTA Top 10, 1963–65, 1968–69, 1971–75
- Ranked in the World Top 10, 1969–70, 1973–74
- Virginia Slims Professional Tour, 1971–75
- U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member, 1969–71, 1974; Most Valuable Player, 1969; Team Captain, 1974–75
- U.S. Bonne Bell Cup Team Member, 1973–1974; Most Valuable Player, Team Captain, 1974
- Winner of USTA Service Bowl 1975
Halls of Fame
Heldman was inducted into the:
- Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame, 1978
- National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1989
- ITA Women's Hall of Fame, 1998
- International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 2001
- USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, 2006 
- Married Bernie Weiss in 1981.
- In 1985 Heldman became President & Co-Chairman of Signature Eyewear.
- Had daughter Amy Rebecca in 1987.
Heldman retired in 2000. After ending her playing career she worked as a television color commentator and journalist, with CBS, NBC, PBS, and HBO at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, 1973-78. She at the same time authored articles for various publications, including her mother’s magazine, World Tennis. Covering the Avis Challenge Cup Tournament for NBC in 1976, she became the first woman to provide commentary on a men’s tennis event.
WTA Tour finals
|Tier IV & V||0|
|Runner-up||1.||October 26, 1968||Olympics-Mexico City Exhibition, Mexico||Clay||Jane Bartkowicz||3-6, 2-6|
Doubles 2 (1-1)
|Tier IV & V||1|
|Titles by Surface|
|Runner-up||1.||October 20, 1968||Olympics-Gudalajara Demo, Mexico||Clay||Rosy Darmon|| Edda Buding
|Winner||2.||October 26, 1968||Olympics-Mexico City Exhibition, Mexico||Clay||Rosy Darmon|| Jane Bartkowicz
- Julie Heldman at the Women's Tennis Association
- Julie Heldman at the Fed Cup
- ITA bio
- Jewish Sports bio
- Jewish Sports Hall of Fame bio (2000)
- Jewish Sports Hall of Fame bio (2005)
- Jews in Sports bio