Betsy Nagelsen

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Betsy Nagelsen
Country (sports)  United States
Residence Maui, Hawaii, USA &
Orlando, Florida, USA
Born (1956-10-23) October 23, 1956 (age 61)
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro 1973
Retired 1996
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $1,016,519
Career record 194–256
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 23 (end 1981)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1978)
French Open 3R (1975, 1978)
Wimbledon 4R (1981, 1986)
US Open 4R (1974)
Career record 385–253
Career titles 26
Highest ranking No. 11 (March 14, 1988)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (1978, 1980)
French Open SF (1981, 1985)
Wimbledon F (1987)
US Open SF (1978, 1984, 1987)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
US Open F (1987)

Helen Elizabeth "Betsy" Nagelsen McCormack (born October 23, 1956) is an American former professional tennis player.


Nagelsen was the world's top junior in 1973. She won the 1973 US Champion Girls' 16 and under singles. She also won the USTA Girls' Sportsmanship Award in 1974.[2] She won the doubles championship at the 1978 and 1980 Australian Opens (with Renáta Tomanová and Martina Navratilova, respectively). She reached the singles final of the 1978 Australian Open, losing to Christine O'Neil. Over her 21-year career on the WTA Tour, Nagelsen won 26 doubles titles and 4 singles titles.

Nagelsen reached her highest career ranking in singles by the end of 1981, when she became the World No. 23.[1] She also reached a career high ranking in doubles of No. 11 on March 4, 1988. She had career wins over Martina Navratilova, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Sue Barker, Pam Shriver, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Rosie Casals, Betty Stöve, and Sylvia Hanika. She was a four-time member of the US Wightman Cup Team in 1974, 1985, 1988 and 1989.

After her retirement in 1996, Nagelsen became a commentator for ABC and ESPN in the United States and Australia's Nine Network. She married Mark McCormack, founder of the sports management group IMG. The couple donated money for the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Women's Tennis Hall of Fame is located on the site.

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championships Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1978 Australian Open Grass Australia Chris O'Neil 3–6, 6–7(3–7)

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championships Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1977 (Jan.) Australian Open Grass Australia Kerry Reid Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Helen Gourlay
7–5, 1–6, 5–7
Winner 1978 Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Japan Naoko Sato
United States Pam Whytcross
7–5, 6–2
Winner 1980 Australian Open Grass United States Martina Navratilova United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Candy Reynolds
6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 1987 Wimbledon Grass Australia Elizabeth Smylie West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Helena Suková
5–7, 5–7

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championships Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1987 US Open Hard United States Paul Annacone United States Martina Navratilova
Spain Emilio Sánchez
4–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–7(12–14)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b WTA Ranking 1981
  2. ^ "ITA Betsy Nagelsen McCormack". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 

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