Joyce Portman

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Joyce Portman
Full nameJoyce Oransky nee Portman
Country (sports) United States
Born(1958-05-03)May 3, 1958
DiedJuly 22, 2003(2003-07-22) (aged 45)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open2R (1981)
Wimbledon1R (1981)
US Open3R (1981)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open2R (1981)
Wimbledon1R (1981)
US Open1R (1981)

Joyce Oransky (May 3, 1958 - July 22, 2003) was an American professional tennis player from the United States. She competed during her career under her maiden name Joyce Portman.


Portman played collegiate tennis for the University of Florida, where she came to from Miami Beach Senior High School.[1] She earned All-American selection in 1979 and 1980, finishing with a 51-10 record.[2]

After her collegiate career she played on the professional circuit. She had her best year in 1981, when she was a semi-finalist at the Italian Open and made the quarter-finals of the Family Circle Cup on Hilton Head Island, in addition to making three grand slam main draws. At the 1981 Wimbledon Championships she came up against Martina Navratilova in the first round and lost, but reached the third round of the 1981 US Open.[3] She toured for the last time in 1982.

On July 22, 2003, at the age of 45, Portman died from a large blood clot in her heart. The following year a tennis complex at Westside Park in Gainesville was named the Joyce Oransky Tennis Center.[2]


  1. ^ "'Little Willie' is plenty tough". The Miami News. May 14, 1975. p. 29. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b Orvieto, Eric (January 24, 2006). "A legacy left behind". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Rinaldi wins at Wimbledon". The Galveston Daily News. June 24, 1981. p. 16. Retrieved 12 May 2018.

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