Betsy Nagelsen

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Betsy Nagelsen
Country  United States
Residence Maui, Hawaii, USA &
Orlando, Florida, USA
Born (1956-10-23) October 23, 1956 (age 57)
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
Singles
Career record 194–256
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 25 (February 17, 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (1978)
French Open 3R (1975, 1978)
Wimbledon 4R (1981, 1986)
US Open 4R (1974)
Doubles
Career record 385–253
Career titles 26
Highest ranking No. 11 (March 14, 1988)

Betsy Nagelsen McCormack (born October 23, 1956 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is a retired American professional tennis player.

Career[edit]

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.[1] She won the doubles championship at the 1978 and 1980 Australian Opens (with Renáta Tomanová and Martina Navrátilová, 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 on February 17, 1986, when she became the World No. 25. 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 was married to 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 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

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

Doubles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1977 (Jan.) Australian Open Grass Australia Kerry Melville Reid Australia Dianne Fromholtz
Australia Helen Gourlay
5–7, 6–1, 7–5
Winner 1978 Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová Japan Naoko Sato
United States Pam Whytcross
7–5, 6–2
Winner 1980 Australian Open Grass Czechoslovakia Martina Navrátilová 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
7–5, 7–5

Mixed Doubles: 1 (0 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ITA Betsy Nagelsen McCormack". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 

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