|Country (sports)||Great Britain|
13 January 1988 |
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 WTA (2 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 178 (4 May 2009)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||Q2 (2009)|
|French Open||Q1 (2009)|
|US Open||Q1 (2009)|
|Career titles||0 WTA (2 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 205 (13 July 2009)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Last updated on: 4 August 2014.|
Georgina "Georgie" Gent (formerly Stoop) (born 13 January 1988) is an English, AEGON Award winning former professional tennis player who was coached by Damien Roberts. She won two ITF singles titles, two ITF doubles titles and reached a career-high singles ranking of world no. 178 in her career.
Stoop's parents are named Angus and Tessa and she has three older siblings, Sam, Olly and Milly, who she used to play tennis against. Her mother, Tessa, an interior designer spent time with her children playing tennis during their childhood. Stoop first began playing tennis at the age of 5 but enjoys all other sports as well, particularly hockey. After attending St Faith's School, she was selected to be educated at The Leys School while being coached by national coaches, and left school when she was sixteen. In 2008, Stoop's mother remarried and in 2010 Stoop changed her surname to her mother's new married name, to be known as Georgie Gent.
Stoop's first match on the ITF junior circuit was in February 2003. In only the second junior tournament of her career (the Team Leschly Danish Junior Cup), she won two matches to qualify and then four more to reach the final; a marathon match which she eventually lost, 7–6(11) 6–7(3) 5–7. She reached one more final over the course of her junior career (in the Nottingham ITF tournament in August 2004) where she also lost. Her overall win-loss record in singles was 27–19.
She had less success in doubles, only reaching two quarterfinals (both with Laura Peterzan) over the course of her career and never passing this stage. Her doubles win-loss record was 6–16. She reached a career-high combined singles and doubles ranking of world No.234 on 1 August 2005.
Stoop's first professional match win came in May 2005 in the $10,000 ITF tournament where she reached the final before losing to Gaelle Widmer from Switzerland in straight sets, 3–6 2–6. She played seven more ITF tournaments that year but won only two more matches. She finished the year with a ranking of No.903.
2006 started slowly for Stoop up until April when she reached the semi-finals of the ITF $10,000 tournament in Bath. She continued playing on the ITF tour, reaching two more quarter-finals, until June when she was awarded a wild card into the tier II International Women's Open qualifying event in Eastbourne, England. She was beaten without winning a single game by Japan's Akiko Morigami who was ranked 69 at the time, 553 places above Stoop. This wild card was followed by another, this time into the qualifying tournament of her home Grand Slam, Wimbledon, where she was beaten by Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, 2–6 2–6. After this her ranking rose steadily as she played out the rest of the year on the ITF tour. She reached one more semi-final and three more finals, losing in two of them but winning the last as a qualifier in the $25,000 event in Nuriootpa, Australia. She ended the 2006 season ranked No.412.
In her first tournament of 2007, Stoop reached the quarter-final of the $10,000 ITF event in Stuttgart, Germany. She reached the final of the $25,000 event in La Palma, Spain in March where she lost to María Emilia Salerni, 3–6 3–6. She did not play again after this until October, after which she reached two more quarterfinals in $25,000 events held in Istanbul and Mount Gambier, losing to Monica Niculescu both times. Her year-end ranking for 2007 was world No.306.
Stoop reached two more ITF quarter-finals in the first half of 2008 before being given a wild card into the tier II International Women's Open in Eastbourne where she came up against top-40 player Kaia Kanepi from Estonia in the first round. She put up a good fight, winning a first set tie break before losing the next two sets, 7–6(6) 1–6 5–7. Her next wild card was into the qualifying tournament of Wimbledon where she also lost in the first round. Her third consecutive wild card was into the tier II Bank of the West Classic qualifying tournament and it proved more fruitful than her previous two. She won two matches in three sets before falling to Michelle Larcher De Brito in the final round of qualifying, 4–6 0–6. After this she reached three more ITF quarterfinals (one of them as a qualifier at the $75,000 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico) and two more ITF finals (in $25,000 Coimbra and $50,000 Troy) where she was beaten by Nicole Thijssen from the Netherlands and Anna Tatishvili from Georgia respectively. In October, Stoop reached the quarter-finals of the $50,000 ITF tournament in Pittsburgh, USA where she lost to No.6 seed Varvara Lepchenko. Her final world ranking of 2008 was No.208.
Stoop began her 2009 season by attempting to qualify for the Australian Open. She beat American Alexa Glatch in the first round before falling to Kathrin Wörle in a three-set battle, 3–6 7–5 12–14. In February and March she reached two ITF quarterfinals and one semifinal before heading to Paris to attempt to qualify for the French Open. She was beaten by Petra Martić in the first round of qualifying, 5–7 5–7. In June she received three consecutive wild cards into WTA tournaments, the first of which was into the main draw of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham where compatriot Elena Baltacha defeated her in two sets in the first round. She then competed in the qualifying draw for the Aegon International but again did not win a match, losing to Ekaterina Makarova, 4–6 6–7(2). Her third of three consecutive wild cards allowed Stoop entry into the main draw of Wimbledon for the first time in her career. She came up against No.7 seed Vera Zvonareva in the first round. Stoop almost caused a huge upset by coming close to defeating the Russian, however she eventually lost, 6–7(0) 6–4 4–6. However she did team up with Laura Robson in the doubles to face Jade Curtis and Anna Smith, a match which they won in an epic three sets, 6–4 3–6 13–11. Stoop and Robson went on to lose to Grand Slam champions Amélie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round. After Wimbledon, Stoop reached one more ITF quarterfinal and won her second title, beating Katie O'Brien in an all-British final at the $25,000 event in Vigo, Spain.
ITF circuit finals
Singles: 8 (2–6)
|Runner-up||1.||26 April 2005||Bournemouth, Great Britain||Clay||Gaelle Widmer||3–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||2.||18 July 2006||Frinton, Great Britain||Grass||Irena Pavlovic||2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||3.||19 September 2006||Nottingham, Great Britain||Hard||Anna Smith||1–6, 4–6|
|Winner||4.||21 November 2006||Nuriootpa, Australia||Hard||Raquel Kops-Jones||6–3, 4–6, 6–1|
|Runner-up||5.||26 March 2007||La Palma, Spain||Hard||María Emilia Salerni||3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||6.||5 August 2008||Coimbra, Portugal||Hard||Nicole Thijssen||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||7.||30 September 2008||Troy, United States||Hard||Anna Tatishvili||6–7(4–7), 4–6|
|Winner||8.||28 July 2009||Vigo, Spain||Hard||Katie O'Brien||7–5, 6–2|
Doubles: 6 (2–4)
|Runner-up||1.||10 May 2006||Edinburgh, Great Britain||Clay||Deborah Armstrong|| Mari Andersson
|Runner-up||2.||23 May 2006||Budapest, Hungary||Clay||Naomi Cavaday|| Antonia Xenia Tout
|Winner||3.||18 July 2006||Frinton, Great Britain||Grass||Jane O'Donoghue|| Danielle Brown
|6–4, 4–6, 6–2|
|Winner||4.||20 September 2006||Nottingham, Great Britain||Hard||Emily Webley-Smith|| Naomi Cavaday
|3–6, 7–5, 6–4|
|Runner-up||5.||11 October 2007||Jersey, Great Britain||Hard (i)||Katie O'Brien|| Andrea Hlaváčková
|Runner-up||6.||28 July 2009||Vigo, Spain||Hard||Jade Curtis|| Karolina Kosińska
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||Not Held||A||Not Held||A||0–0|
- Georgie Gent at the Women's Tennis Association
- "Off court with Georgie Stoop". www.sportfocus.com.
- "Biography – STOOP, Georgie (GBR)". www.itftennis.com.
- "St Faith's School". Eteach. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
- "Tennis". The Leys. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
- "Off court with Georgie Stoop". SportFocus. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
- "MIKE DICKSON: LTA wildly misjudge the cream of British players". www.dailymail.co.uk. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
- ITF Juniors Profile
- "Activity:STOOP, Georgie (GBR)". www.itftennis.com.
- "O'Brien and Stoop both slip out". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 23 June 2009.
- "Curtis loses out in doubles epic". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 7 October 2009.