Ilana Kloss

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Ilana Kloss
Ilana Kloss 2009 US Open 02.jpg
Full name Ilana Sheryl Kloss
Country (sports)  South Africa
 United States
Residence New York City and Chicago
Born (1956-03-22) 22 March 1956 (age 62)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Turned pro 1973
Plays Left-handed
Highest ranking No. 19 (1976)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 2R (1976, 1979)
Wimbledon 3R (1975, 1976, 1978)
US Open 3R (1973, 1978)
Career titles 19
Highest ranking No. 1 (1976)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (1983)
French Open SF (1976, 1979)
Wimbledon SF (1976)
US Open W (1976)
Career titles 1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open W 1976

Ilana Sheryl Kloss (born 22 March 1956) is a former professional tennis player, tennis coach, and commissioner of World TeamTennis, since 2001.[1] She was the World's No. 1 ranked Doubles player in 1976, World No. 19 in singles in 1979.[2]

Early and personal life[edit]

Kloss was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is Jewish.[3][4]

Kloss is the partner of Billie Jean King, the US tennis player.[5]

Tennis career[edit]

Before turning professional, in 1972 she won the juniors singles title at Wimbledon.[6] She won the SA doubles title with Linky Boshoff in 1973, 1975, and 1977.[7] She also played in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, winning gold medals in both the women’s doubles and the mixed doubles in the 1973 Maccabiah Games, and winning a silver medal in mixed doubles in the 1977 Maccabiah Games.[8][9][10]

In 1974 she won US Open juniors singles title.[2] She was the youngest No. 1 player in South African history.[11][12] In 1973, she won the title in Cincinnati with Pat Walkden, defeating Evonne Goolagong and Janet Young in the final.

Kloss was ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles and No. 19 in singles in 1976. That year, she won doubles titles at the US Open, the Italian Open, the US Clay Courts, the German Open, the British Hard Courts Championship, and Hilton Head, as well as the mixed doubles title at the French Open.[12] Linky Boshoff was her most frequent doubles partner.[12] In 1977 she won the Canadian and German championships and the British clay court championship.[12]

In 1999 Kloss won the US Open doubles and mixed doubles championship on the 35-and-over tour.[12]

Federation Cup[edit]

In the 1970s she was 12–5 in Federation Cup matches.

Halls of Fame[edit]

Kloss, who is Jewish, was inducted into the US National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. She was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.[2]

World Team Tennis[edit]

Kloss joined the San Francisco Golden Gaters WTT team in 1974,[13] and reached the WTT Finals with the team in 1975.[14] She left the Golden Gaters prior to the 1976 season to team in order to fully participate in clay-court tournaments in Europe which conflicted with the WTT schedule.[15] Kloss returned to the Golden Gaters for the 1978 season. In 1983, she coached the Chicago Fyre to a WTT Championship and was named Coach of the Year. In 1985, Kloss was a player and coach for the Miami Beach Breakers, and became vice-president of WTT in 1987, and executive director in 1991. Since 2001, she has been the chief executive officer and commissioner of World Team Tennis.[1]

Grand Slam tournament finals[edit]

Women's doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1976 US Open Clay South Africa Linky Boshoff Soviet Union Olga Morozova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–1, 6–4

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1976 French Open Clay Australia Kim Warwick South Africa Linky Boshoff
Rhodesia Colin Dowdeswell
5–7, 7–6, 6–2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ilana Kloss". WTT. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ilana Kloss"
  3. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  4. ^ “The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time” Book Released | World Tennis Magazine
  5. ^ "Portrait of a Pioneer: a Billie Jean King Documentary | TV Show Recaps, Celebrity Interviews & News About & For Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Women". 26 April 2006. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ The Jewish lists: physicists and generals, actors and writers, and hundreds ... - Martin Harry Greenberg
  7. ^ Jewish Affairs
  8. ^ At the Maccabiah Games: U.S. Wins the Most Medals with 246; Israel Comes in Second with 217 | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
  9. ^ Israel Basketball Team Loses out to Underdog U.S. Squad at 10th Maccabiah | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
  10. ^ "Seeking Jewish Tennis Players to Represent the United States | Adults-Seniors – News | USTA Florida". 22 September 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  11. ^ US Open junior champions
  12. ^ a b c d e "Kloss, Ilana". Jews in Sports. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Chatoian, Ralph (April 23, 1974). "An Analysis of the Pro Tennis League". Daily Independent Journal. San Rafael, California. p. 28. 
  14. ^ Mulligan, Stephen (2011). "3. 1971–1975". Were You There?: Over 300 Wonderful, Weird, an Wacky Moments from the Pittsburgh Civic/Mellon Arena. RoseDog Books. pp. 62–64. ISBN 978-1-4349-8552-1. LCCN 2011278129. Retrieved August 19, 2014 – via Google Books. 
  15. ^ Chatoian, Ralph (March 9, 1976). "Golden Gaters Add Some French to Arsenal". Daily Independent Journal. San Rafael, California. p. 24. 

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