Elly Hakami

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Elly Hakami (born August 25, 1969) is an American former professional tennis player from the mid-1980s until 1997. Hakami is from Tiburon, California near San Francisco and makes her home there today.[1] She was ranked world No. 32 in 1988.[2] In 1987, when she was ranked No. 44, she played in the third round of the US Open and was beaten by Gabriela Sabatini. They had a re-match in 1989 in the Miami Masters, in which Hakami also lost.[3]

In 1987 Hakami played against the world’s highest ranking woman player, Martina Navratilova in Manhattan Beach, California. Although Hakami lost the match in straight sets, Navratilova said of Hakami, "She's a very good player. She seems to be very bright and she's a lot better all-court player than I thought she would be. I thought she served well and she comes out tough."[4]


Hakami is married to Polo Cowan, a tennis pro at the Tiburon Peninsula Club. They have two children, Sonya and Polo, and live in Tiburon, California.[5]


  1. ^ "Elly Hakami". ITFTennis.com. International Tennis Federation. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tennis Staff". Tiburon Peninsula Club. Tiburon Peninsula Club. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gabriela Sabatini vs Elly Hakami Head To Head". Steven G Tennis. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Dillman, Lisa (August 15, 1987). "Manhattan Beach Tennis : Hakami Arrives in Time to Lose to Navratilova". LA Times. Retrieved June 10, 2014. Said Hakami: "The match wasn't above (my capabilities). I could have given her a better match. It was the first time I played against her and it was a little difficult." 
  5. ^ "Tennis Staff". Tiburon Peninsula Club. Retrieved June 10, 2014.