Nannie de Villiers

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Nannie de Villiers
Country  South Africa
Residence Somerset West, South Africa
Born (1976-01-05) 5 January 1976 (age 39)
Windhoek, Namibia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 1993
Retired 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money US$294,308
Career record 154–135
Career titles 0 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 172 (15 December 1997)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q1 (1998)
Wimbledon Q1 (1995)
US Open Q1 (1999)
Career record 259–173
Career titles 1 WTA, 22 ITF
Highest ranking No. 53 (16 September 2002)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (1998-99, 2003)
French Open 3R (2001)
Wimbledon 3R (2002)
US Open 2R (1999)
Last updated on: 28 December 2007.

Nannie de Villiers (born 05 January 1976 in Windhoek) is a former professional tennis player who represented South Africa. De Villiers was born in neighbouring Namibia but moved at a young age.

De Villiers made her début in 1993, at the small ITF Johannesburg tournament. She also played her next event in her native country, in Pretoria, winning the doubles event. Although she officially retired in 2003, she made a minor-comeback in 2007, entering the Cape Town event, losing in the first round singles and reaching the semi-finals doubles. She never surpassed the singles qualifying stages at a Grand Slam.

Despite never winning a WTA Tour singles title, she won four on the ITF tour, and 22 doubles titles there.


Began playing tennis at age 3 with her parents on their court at home...Coached by her father, Philip de Villiers...Has an all-court style of game; the serve is her best weapon...Given name is Esms, but goes by the nickname Nannie...Father, Philip, is a doctor who also coaches her and farms with ostriches; mother, Esm, is a housewife; older brother, Rocco, is an ostrich farm manager; has an older sister, Elke, and a younger sister, Igna...Whole family plays tennis...Graduated from high school in 1993...Likes to visit the family farm in Namibia as it's in the middle of nowhere, is beautiful and makes her realize how unimportant money and possessions are...Self-described as far too talkative but fun and always happy...Admires her parents for always knowing how to handle tough situations while loving each other with a love to be admired...Hobbies include playing the piano...Other sports interests are field hockey, javelin and swimming.

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Doubles: 3 (1-2)[edit]

Legend: Before 2009 Legend: Starting in 2009
Grand Slam tournaments (0)
Olympic Gold (0)
WTA Championships (0)
Tier I (0) Premier Mandatory (0)
Tier II (0) Premier 5 (0)
Tier III (0-1) Premier (0)
Tier IV & V (1-1) International (0)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Partnering Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 8 January 2001 Australia Canberra, Australia Hard Australia Annabel Ellwood United States Nicole Arendt
Japan Ai Sugiyama
4-6 6-7 (2)
Winner 2. 7 January 2002 Australia Canberra, Australia Hard Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina United States Samantha Reeves
Italy Adriana Serra Zanetti
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 3. September 9, 2002 United States Waikoloa, United States Hard Kazakhstan Irina Selyutina United States Meilen Tu
Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi
6-1 2-6 3-6

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