|Residence||Rolling Hills, California|
December 12, 1962 |
Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||120 lb (54.4 kg)|
|Turned pro||October 23, 1978|
|Int. Tennis HOF||1992 (member page)|
|Career record||335–90 (78.82%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (1980)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1981)|
|French Open||QF (1982, 1983)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1979, 1980)|
|US Open||W (1979, 1981)|
|Championships||W (1980), F (1979)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Wimbledon||W (1980), F (1981)|
|US Open||SF (1988)|
Last updated on: N/A.
Tracy Ann Austin Holt (born December 12, 1962, in Palos Verdes, California) is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States and holds three Grand Slam titles winning the women's singles title at the US Open in 1979 and 1981 and the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1980. Additionally, she won the WTA Tour Championships in 1980 and the 1981 year end Toyota Championships, both in singles, before a series of injuries cut her career short. Since 1979, she has held the record as youngest ever US Open female singles champion and is the youngest inductee of all time in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Austin won singles titles on all playing surfaces: Clay (both Red Clay and Green Clay), Indoor Carpet, Grass, and Hard Courts.
Style of Play 
Austin possessed a solid baseline game with a strong forehand and reliable two-fisted backhand. She struck the ball deep,with substantial pace (given the wooden racquet era of her prime), and with pinpoint accuracy hitting on or near the lines. Often this aspect of her game has overshadowed her solid net game which resulted in a Wimbledon mixed doubles title with brother John. Austin's first serve was a mid-paced high percentage shot that functioned well on all playing surfaces, and although her second serve has been described as weak, she rarely double faulted.
1979 to 1980 
Austin defeated 35-year-old Billie Jean King in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 1979 6–4, 6–7, 6–2 before losing to Martina Navrátilová in straight sets in the semifinals. Austin then became the youngest ever US Open champion, aged 16 years and 9 months, defeating Navratilova in the semifinals and flattening Chris Evert, who was bidding to win the title for the fifth consecutive year, 6–4, 6–3 in the finals. Earlier that year, Austin had ended Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay by beating her in three sets in a semifinal of the Italian Open. The Associated Press named her female athlete of the year for 1979.
Austin lost in the semifinals of both Grand Slam tournaments she played in 1980. Evonne Goolagong Cawley, seeded fourth and the eventual champion, defeated Austin 6–3, 0–6, 6–4 at Wimbledon. As the top seed and defending champion at the US Open, Austin was expected to extend her five-match winning streak against third-ranked Evert. Austin raced to a 4–0 lead in the first set before Evert won 16 of the final 20 games to take the match 4–6, 6–1, 6–1. Evert went on to beat Hana Mandlíková in the final, thus securing for herself the year-ending World No. 1 ranking. Austin was ranked the World No. 1 singles player at times during 1980/81, partly because she captured the two sponsors' tour-ending events, defeating Navrátilová to win the Avon Championships in March and Andrea Jaeger to capture the Colgate Series Championships in January 1981. In 1980, Austin won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with her brother John, becoming the first brother and sister team ever to win a Grand Slam title together.
1981 to 1983 
During the first four months of 1981, Austin played only two events because of chronic injuries. On grass, she won the tournament in Eastbourne, United Kingdom without losing a set before Pam Shriver beat her in a Wimbledon quarterfinal 7–5, 6–4. Austin then won 26 consecutive matches and four consecutive tournaments. She defeated Shriver in the final of the tournament in San Diego and, three weeks later, she beat both Navrátilová and Evert in straight sets to win the Canadian Open in Toronto. As the third-seeded player at the US Open, Austin defeated fourth-seeded Navrátilová in the final 1–6, 7–6(4), 7–6(1). Navrátilová, however, ended Austin's winning streak in the final of the U.S. Indoor Championships. In Europe during the autumn, Austin lost to Sue Barker in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Brighton, United Kingdom, but recovered the following week to defeat Navrátilová in the final of the tournament in Stuttgart, West Germany. At the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, Austin was seeded second but lost to sixth-seeded Shriver in the Australian Open quarterfinals 7–5, 7–6. The 1981 year-ending Toyota Series Championships featured two matches against Evert and one against Navrátilová. Evert won her round robin match with Austin 4–6, 6–4, 7–6, before Austin demolished Evert in a baseline slugfest in their semifinal 6–1, 6–2. Austin then won the tournament with a three-set defeat of Navrátilová. The Associated Press named her female athlete for the second time in 1981.
Back injuries and recurring sciatica then began to impair Austin's effectiveness and sidelined her for long stretches. King, seeded twelfth, upset third-seeded Austin in the 1982 Wimbledon quarterfinals 3–6, 6–4, 6–2. Several weeks later, however, Austin won her 30th and final top-level singles title in San Diego. Austin had a good showing at the 1982 season-ending Toyota Series Championships where she defeated Jaeger, the World No. 3, in straight sets to reach the semifinals. However, she was unable to repeat 1981's victory over Evert, who crushed her in the semifinals (a reversal of the 1981 result where Austin dominated). In 1983 she was a finalist at the Family Circle Cup losing to Navrátilová in three sets. She also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open. But by the end of 1983, before her 21st birthday, Austin was essentially finished as a top ten player.
1988 to 1989 
Austin began her first comeback on the tour in 1988, when she played in seven doubles tournaments, and in 1989, when she played in one doubles and two singles tournaments. A highlight of this comeback included a semifinal showing in the 1988 US Open Mixed Doubles with partner Ken Flach. This comeback was ended by a near-fatal motor vehicle accident on August 3, 1989.
In 1992, Austin became the youngest person to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, at the age of 29.
1993 to 1994 
She attempted a second comeback in 1993 and 1994 but was not particularly successful. In 1993, Austin upset Renee Stubbs and Katerina Maleeva at the Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California where she reached the round of 16. At the WTA Manhattan Beach event she upset both Gigi Fernandez and Elena Likhovtseva before losing to Gabriela Sabatini in the round of 16. The wins over Maleeva, Fernandez, and Likhovtseva began a buzz that Austin might become at least a top twenty player again. However, in 1994, her results were not as promising and at the Evert Cup in Indian Wells, California, Austin lost in the second round in straight sets to Steffi Graf, and Austin soon retired in June 1994.
Family life and work as a tennis commentator 
Tracy's older sister, Pam, and her older brother, Jeff, were also professional tennis players, as were brothers Doug and John. She is the sister-in-law of fitness author Denise Austin. She is married to Scott Holt and is the mother of three sons, Sean, Brandon, and Dylan.
As a child, Tracy lived next door to Air Force Colonel Keith Lindell who was responsible for the training of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts.
Since retiring as a player, Austin has worked as a commentator for NBC and the USA Network for the French Open and the US Open. She worked for the Seven Network, who broadcast the Australian Open and usually participates in the BBC's Wimbledon coverage. She began working for Tennis Channel in 2010 and joined their US Open team and later their Australian Open team in 2012. Austin has also worked for Canadian television for their coverage of the Rogers Cup since 2004.
Major finals 
Grand Slam finals 
Singles: 2 (2 titles, 0 runner–ups) 
|Winner||1979||US Open||Hard||Chris Evert||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||1981||US Open||Hard||Martina Navrátilová||1–6, 7–6(4), 7–6(1)|
Mixed doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up) 
|Winner||1980||Wimbledon||Grass||John Austin|| Dianne Fromholtz
|4–6, 7–6(6), 6–3|
|Runner-up||1981||Wimbledon||Grass||John Austin|| Betty Stöve
|4–6, 7–6(2), 6–3|
Year-End Championships finals 
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner–up) 
|Runner-up||1979||New York City||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–3, 3–6, 6–2|
|Winner||1980||New York City||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 2–6, 6–2|
WTA Career Finals 
Singles: 44 (30–14) 
|Winner||1.||January 10, 1977||Portland||Hard (I)||Stacy Margolin||6–7, 6–3, 4–1 ret.|
|Runner-up||1.||March 6, 1978||Dallas||Carpet (I)||Evonne Goolagong Cawley||4–6, 6–0, 6–2|
|Runner-up||2.||October 2, 1978||Phoenix||Hard||Martina Navrátilová||6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||October 23, 1978||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Betty Stöve||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||3.||November 21, 1978||Tokyo||Hard (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–1, 6–1|
|Winner||4.||January 1, 1979||Washington||Carpet (I)||Martina Navratilova||6–3, 6–2|
|Runner-up||3.||January 29, 1979||Chicago||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||4.||March 21, 1979||Avon Championships||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–3, 3–6, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||April 10, 1979||Hilton Head Island||Clay||Kerry Melville Reid||7–6, 7–6|
|Winner||6.||May 7, 1979||Rome||Clay||Sylvia Hanika||6–4, 1–6, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||July 30, 1979||San Diego||Hard||Martina Navrátilová||6–4, 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||August 20, 1979||Mahwah||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||6–7(2), 6–4, 6–1|
|Winner||8.||August 28, 1979||US Open||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||9.||November 5, 1979||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||10.||December 15, 1979||Tokyo||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 6–1|
|Runner-up||6.||January 2, 1980||Landover||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||11.||January 7, 1980||Cincinnati||Carpet (I)||Chris Evert-Lloyd||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||12.||January 28, 1980||Seattle||Carpet (i)||Virginia Wade||6–2, 7–6|
|Runner-up||7.||February 4, 1980||Los Angeles||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||13.||March 10, 1980||Boston||Carpet (I)||Virginia Wade||6–2, 6–1|
|Winner||14.||March 17, 1980||Avon Championships||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 2–6, 6–2|
|Winner||15.||March 29, 1980||Carlsbad||Hard||Martina Navrátilová||7–5, 6–2|
|Winner||16.||April 7, 1980||Hilton Head Island||Clay||Regina Maršíková||3–6, 6–1, 6–0|
|Runner-up||8.||April 29, 1980||Orlando||Clay||Martina Navrátilová||6–2, 6–4|
|Winner||17.||June 16, 1980||Eastbourne||Grass||Wendy Turnbull||7–6, 6–2|
|Winner||18.||July 28, 1980||San Diego||Hard||Wendy Turnbull||6–1, 6–3|
|Winner||19.||September 29, 1980||Minneapolis||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–1, 2–6, 6–2|
|Winner||20.||November 3, 1980||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Sherry Acker||6–2, 7–5|
|Runner-up||9.||November 10, 1980||Tampa||Hard||Andrea Jaeger||w/o|
|Runner-up||10.||November 22, 1980||Tokyo||Carpet (I)||Martina Navrátilová||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||21.||December 15, 1980||Tucson||Carpet (I)||Peanut Louie||6–2, 6–0|
|Winner||22.||January 7, 1981||Landover||Carpet (I)||Andrea Jaeger||6–2, 6–2|
|Winner||23.||June 15, 1981||Eastbourne||Grass||Andrea Jaeger||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||24.||July 27, 1981||San Diego||Hard||Pam Shriver||6–2, 5–7, 6–2|
|Winner||25.||August 17, 1981||Toronto||Hard||Chris Evert-Lloyd||6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||26.||September 1, 1981||US Open||Hard||Martina Navratilova||1–6, 7–6(4), 7–6(1)|
|Winner||27.||September 21, 1981||Atlanta||Hard||Mary-Lou Piatek||4–6, 6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||11.||September 28, 1981||Minneapolis||Carpet (I)||Martina Navratilova||6–0, 6–2|
|Winner||28.||October 26, 1981||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Martina Navratilova||4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||29.||December 14, 1981||East Rutherford||Carpet (I)||Martina Navratilova||2–6, 6–4, 6–2|
|Winner||30.||July 26, 1982||San Diego||Hard||Kathy Rinaldi||7–6, 6–3|
|Runner-up||12.||October 18, 1982||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Martina Navratilova||6–3, 6–3|
|Runner-up||13.||December 6, 1982||Richmond||Carpet (I)||Wendy Turnbull||6–7(3), 6–2, 6–4|
|Runner-up||14.||April 4, 1983||Hilton Head Island||Clay||Martina Navratilova||5–7, 6–1, 6–0|
Doubles: 7 (5–2) 
|Winner||1.||October 2, 1978||Phoenix||Hard||Betty Stöve|| Martina Navrátilová
|6–4, 6–7, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||October 23, 1978||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Betty Stöve|| Mima Jaušovec
|Runner-up||1.||November 21, 1978||Tokyo||Hard (I)||Kathy May|| Martina Navrátilová
|6–4, 6–7, 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||January 8, 1979||Oakland||Carpet (I)||Betty Stöve|| Rosie Casals
|6–3, 4–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||January 22, 1979||Hollywood||Carpet (I)||Betty Stöve|| Rosie Casals
|6–2, 2–6, 6–2|
|Winner||4.||August 20, 1979||Mahwah||Hard||Betty Stöve|| Mima Jaušovec
|7–6, 2–6, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||July 28, 1980||San Diego||Hard||Ann Kiyomura|| Rosie Casals
|3–6, 6–4, 6–3|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline 
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||QF||A||A||A||2R||0 / 2|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||QF||QF||A||1R||0 / 3|
|Wimbledon||3R||4R||SF||SF||QF||QF||A||A||A||0 / 6|
|US Open||QF||QF||W||SF||W||QF||A||A||A||2 / 6|
|SR||0 / 2||0 / 2||1 / 2||0 / 2||1 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 2||2 / 17|
|Year end Ranking||12||6||3||2||2||4||9||NR|
A = did not participate in the tournament.
SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
See also 
- List of female tennis players
- List of Grand Slam Women's Singles champions
- Performance timelines for all female tennis players who reached at least one Grand Slam final
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