Kathy May

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Kathy May
Full name Kathy May Fritz
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1956-06-18) June 18, 1956 (age 62)
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [1]
Plays Right-handed [1]
Singles
Career record 56–50
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 10 (July 3, 1977)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open QF (1977, 1978)
Wimbledon 4R (1977)
US Open QF (1978)
Doubles
Career record 36–49
Career titles 4
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (1977)
Wimbledon 3R (1974)
US Open QF (1978, 1979)

Kathy May Fritz (born June 18, 1956) is an American former professional tennis player.[2] She reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, once at the US Open in 1978 and twice at the French Open in 1977 and 1978. She won seven WTA singles titles during her career, and achieved a career-high ranking of world no. 10 in 1977.

She also competed under the names Kathy May Teacher after her marriage in 1979 to tennis player Brian Teacher, and Kathy May-Paben. Her son Taylor Fritz is also a professional tennis player, and he was the 2015 ITF Junior World Champion.

Early and personal life[edit]

May was born and grew up in Beverly Hills, California.[3] She is the great-granddaughter of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company[3] (now Macy's).

In 1979, she married fellow Californian player Brian Teacher, also a top 10 tennis player and the 1980 Australian Open champion; they subsequently divorced.[4] She married fireman Don Paben in 1981, and subsequently divorced.[5][6] She later married Guy Fritz, her third husband, with whom she had three children, including Taylor Fritz.[7][8]

Tennis career[edit]

She reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, once at the US Open in 1978 and twice at the French Open in 1977 and 1978. She won seven |WTA singles titles during her career, and achieved a career-high ranking of world no. 10 in 1977.

She was coached by Tony Trabert.[9]

WTA Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 7 (7–0)[edit]

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (7–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–0)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (3–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. September 17, 1973 Los Angeles Hard United States Lea Antonoplis 5–7, 6–1, 6–2
Winner 2. April 22, 1974 Ojai Hard United States Susan Hagey 2–6, 6–0, 6–1
Winner 3. May 6, 1974 Los Angeles Hard United States Lindsay Morse 6–4, 7–6
Winner 4. August 19, 1974 Haverford Grass United States Barbara Jordan 6–3, 7–5
Winner 5. March 17, 1975 Pensacola Clay South Africa Ilana Kloss 5–7, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 6. January 19, 1976 Fort Myers Clay United States Ann Kiyomura 5–7, 6–3, 6–1
Winner 7. September 8, 1976 Indianapolis Clay South Africa Brigitte Cuypers 6–4, 4–6, 6–2

Doubles: 7 (4–3)[edit]

Winner - Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Virginia Slims, Avon, Other (4–3)
Titles by Surface
Hard (3–2)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 7, 1973 Los Angeles Hard United States Marita Redondo United States Lindsay Morse
United States Jean Nachand
6–4, 6–0
Winner 2. September 17, 1973 Los Angeles Hard United States Marita Redondo United States Laurie Tenney
United States Robin Tenney
6–3, 7–5
Runner-up 1. May 6, 1974 Los Angeles Hard United States Maricaye Christenson United States Lea Antonoplis
United States Susan Hagey
6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. July 8, 1974 Raleigh Clay United States Rayni Fox United States Lindsay Morse
United States JoAnne Russell
5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Winner 4. September 16, 1974 Los Angeles Hard United States Susan Hagey United States Dodo Cheney
United States Cynthia-Ann Thomas
6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 2. August 18, 1975 South Orange Clay United States Kathleen Harter United States Kristien Shaw
South Africa Greer Stevens
w/o
Runner-up 3. November 21, 1978 Tokyo Hard (i) United States Tracy Austin United States Martina Navratilova
Netherlands Betty Stöve
6–4, 6–7, 3–6

Grand Slam singles tournament timeline[edit]

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0
French Open A A A 3R QF QF 2R A 0 / 4
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 2R 4R 3R 3R 2R 0 / 7
US Open 1R A 3R 2R 1R QF 4R A 0 / 6
SR 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 17
Year-end ranking 57 19 21 15 19 130
  • A = did not participate in the tournament.
  • SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam singles tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
  • Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 220.
  2. ^ Jim Bainbridge (1978). 1978 Colgate Series Media Guide. New York: H.O. Zimman Inc. p. 88.
  3. ^ a b The Making of America’s Next Great Tennis Talent
  4. ^ "The Australian Open Champion Who Almost Wasn’t - Book Excerpt From 'The Greatest Jewish Tennis Players of All Time,'" World Tennis Magazine.
  5. ^ Katherine May - Free Marriage & Vital Records
  6. ^ World Tennis
  7. ^ "Dad at 19: A young tennis star turning heads, raising eyebrows," The Economic Times.
  8. ^ Is Taylor Fritz The Next American Tennis Star?
  9. ^ "Kathy May Hands Wade Upset Loss". Spokane Daily Chronicle. AP. January 5, 1978. p. 34.

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