Janet Young (tennis)

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Janet Young
Full nameJanet Anne Young
(married name Langford)
Country (sports) Australia
Born (1951-10-22) 22 October 1951 (age 68)
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1970, 1974)
French Open2R (1973)
Wimbledon4R (1973)
US Open2R (1969, 1973, 1974)
Career titles3 WTA
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (1973, 1974, 1977)
French Open2R (1969, 1973)
WimbledonSF (1973)
US OpenSF (1973)

Janet Anne Young (born 22 October 1951) is a former professional tennis player from Australia.


Professional tennis[edit]

Young competed on the WTA Tour in the 1970s and won a total three doubles titles, all of which during her successful partnership with Evonne Goolagong. The pair were finalists in eight tournaments across the 1973 season that also included semi-final appearances in three Grand Slams, the Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships and US Open. As a singles player she won the Queensland Open and South Australian Championships in 1973, both non tour events. At the 1973 Wimbledon Championships she made it to the fourth round was two games away from a place in the quarter-finals. In the third set she led a young Chris Evert 4–0, but ended up losing 6–8.[1] She was a doubles player in Australia's winning Federation Cup teams in 1973 and 1974.[2] Teamed with Evonne Goolagong, they remained unbeaten and only dropped one set across both campaigns. She made two further Grand Slam doubles semi-finals, with Lesley Hunt at the 1974 Australian Open and Kym Ruddell at the 1977 Australian Open.[3]

Later career[edit]

Young has a doctorate in sports psychology and works as a senior lecturer in the College of Sport & Exercise Science at Melbourne's Victoria University.[4] She served on the board of Tennis Australia from 2008 to 2016.[5]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Doubles (3–5)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 March, 1973 Fort Lauderdale, U.S. Australia Evonne Goolagong France Gail Sherriff Chanfreau
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–4, 3–6, 2–6
Win 1–1 March, 1973 Dallas, U.S. Australia Evonne Goolagong France Gail Sherriff Chanfreau
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
6–3, 6–2
Loss 1–2 March, 1973 Boston, U.S. Australia Evonne Goolagong Soviet Union Marina Kroschina
Soviet Union Olga Morozova
2–6, 4–6
Loss 1–3 April, 1973 St. Petersburg, U.S. Australia Evonne Goolagong United States Chris Evert
United States Jeanne Evert
2–6, 6–7
Loss 1–4 May, 1973 Bournemouth, Great Britain Australia Evonne Goolagong Australia Patricia Coleman
Australia Wendy Turnbull
5–7, 5–7
Win 2–4 July, 1973 Düsseldorf, West Germany Australia Evonne Goolagong West Germany Helga Masthoff
West Germany Heide Orth
Loss 2–5 August, 1973 Cincinnati, U.S. Australia Evonne Goolagong South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Pat Walkden
6–7, 6–3, 2–6
Win 3–5 September, 1973 Charlotte, U.S. Australia Evonne Goolagong South Africa Ilana Kloss
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Players banned". The Canberra Times. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 2 July 1973. p. 14. Retrieved 6 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Janet Young – Player Profiles". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Results Archive - Janet Young". Australian Open Tennis Championships. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Dr Janet Young (Staff Profile)". Victoria University. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Tennis crisis over $200 million Seven deal". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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