Peanut Louie Harper

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Peanut Louie Harper
Country (sports)  United States
Residence San Francisco, CA, USA
Born (1960-08-15) 15 August 1960 (age 57)
San Francisco, USA
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) [1]
Turned pro 1978
Retired 1994
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Official website
Career record 238–263
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 19 (1 April 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open 3R (1978)
Wimbledon 3R (1980, 1987)
US Open 3R (1978, 1984)
Career record 118–162
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 31 (6 April 1992)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (1988)
Wimbledon 3R (1989)
US Open 3R (1980)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open 2R (1988)
Wimbledon 2R (1976, 1989)
US Open 3R (1978)

Peanut Louie Harper (born August 15, 1960), is a retired American tennis player, born in San Francisco, California[2] to Ron and Alice Louie.[3] She was a top ranked US junior tennis player and professional tennis player on the WTA tour. She reached a career high singles ranking of 19 in the world in 1985 and doubles ranking of 31 in the world in 1992. She is currently the co-founder and program director of Harper for Kids, a youth character development program.

Professional Tennis Career[edit]

During her career, she won 14 USTA National Junior titles and was the #1 ranked 16-and-under (1976) and 12-and-under tennis player (1972) in the United States. Peanut was the Junior Wimbledon finalist in 1977 and the semifinalist in 1978.[4] She was also the #1 ranked junior in NorCal in all age divisions (10, 12, 14, 16 & 18 & unders).

After a successful junior career, she turned pro in 1978. In her 16-year career, she won four singles titles and reached a career high ranking of No. 19 in the world (in 1985). She also won 5 doubles titles and reached a career high ranking of No. 31 in the world (in 1992). At the Grand Slams, her best results were reaching the round of 32 in singles and the round of 16 in doubles, several times. Among her best wins were victories over Gabriela Sabatini and Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, Helena Sukova, Wendy Turnbull, Stephanie Rehe and Andrea Jaeger.[5]

Peanut was honored with the WTA Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award in back-to-back years in 1985 and 1986 from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). In 1986, she was also named TENNIS MAGAZINE's "Comeback Player of the Year". During her junior career, she was presented with the USTA Girls’ 18 National Championship Sportsmanship Award in 1977. See table below for professional career highlights*

Personal Life and Post-Tennis Career[edit]

Her elder sister, Marcie, also played on the WTA Tour, while her sisters Cici and Marisa, and brother Ronnie, all played at the University of San Francisco.[6] She, along with her siblings, trained on the tennis courts of Golden Gate Park. She was given the nickname "Peanut" by her dad because she was the youngest of the five children.[5]

She was inducted into the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame in 2000,[7] the Multi-Ethnic Sports of Fame in 2017, the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame in 2010,[4] and the George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.

She married her husband, Tim Harper in 1986. They live in San Francisco and have two kids, Casey and Jared.

Charity Work[edit]

Harper for Kids - Children's Nonprofit Organization[edit]

In 2008, Peanut co-founded Harper for Kids (HFK) with her husband Tim Harper. HFK's youth character development program is based upon legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and teaches youth essential character traits that can help them achieve their personal best in life. HFK helps schools incorporate the Pyramid of Success into their Character Education and has worked with 106 schools throughout California, reaching over 55,000 K-12 students. Prior to starting Harper for Kids, Peanut collaborated with Coach John Wooden on his award-winning children’s book, “Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success” (Perfection Learning), along with co-author Steve Jamison.

Harper for Kids has received numerous awards:

Hall of Fame Inductions[edit]

- Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame - 2017 Inductee[edit]

- San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame - 2010 Inductee[edit]

- USTA NorCal Hall of Fame - 2000 Inductee[edit]

- George Washington High School Athletic Hall of Fame - 1991 Inductee[edit]

Awards & Honors[edit]


-The Chinese Historical Society of America - 1996 Recipient[edit]

Awarded in recognition of an outstanding athlete whose achievement is an inspiration to all.

- TENNIS MAGAZINE (USA) "Comeback Player of the Year" - 1986 Recipient[edit]

- WTA Awards[edit]

Given by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) to players for achievements during the season or their career.

-Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award - 1985 Recipient

-Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award - 1986 Recipient

Awarded to the player who best displays professionalism, attitude and sense of fair play. The award was named in the honor of former Australian player Karen Krantzcke.

- USTA Girls’ 18 National Championship Sportsmanship Award[edit]

To the player in the championship, who, in the opinion of the committee of judges, most nearly approaches the ideal in sportsmanship, conduct and character.

-Sportsmanship Award - 1977


- OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) East Bay Chapter - 2010 Honoree[edit]

"Celebrating Asian American Athletes"

- Queen of Hearts Foundation - 2011 Honorary Chairperson[edit]

- OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) San Mateo Chapter - 2012 Honoree[edit]

"Pioneers, Inspiration for the Next Era"

WTA Career Finals[edit]

Singles (4 titles, 1 finalist)[edit]

Outcome Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1 September 1978 Avon Futures of Northern California

San Carlos, CA, USA

Hard Ruta Gerulatis 7-6, 6-2
Semifinalist 18 February 1979 Avon Futures of Columbus

Columbus, OH, USA

Hard Iva Budarova 6-1, 6-1
Semifinalist 3 February 1980 Avon Futures of Idaho

Boise, ID, USA

Hard Ros Fairbanks 6-4, 6-2
Winner 2 March 1980 Avon Futures of Columbus

Columbus, OH, USA

Hard United States Beth Norton 6-2, 6-3
Semifinalist 16 June 1980 BMW Challenge

Eastbourne, UK

Colgate Series

Grass United States Tracy Austin 6-0, 6-1
Semifinalist 19 October 1980 Borden Classic

Nagoya, Japan

Colgate Series

Hard United States Barbara Jordan ret.
Finalist 21 December 1980 Tucson Open, USA Carpet (i) United States Tracy Austin 2–6, 0–6
Semifinalist 29 January 1984 Pittsburgh Open

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Carpet (i) Andrea Leand 6-1, 6-1
Winner 29 April 1984 Durban, South Africa Hard South Africa Rene Uys 6–1, 6–4
Winner 20 January 1985 Virginia Slims of Denver

Denver, CO, USA

Carpet (i) United States Zina Garrison 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Semifinalist 27 January 1985 Virginia Slims of Florida

Key Biscayne, FL, USA

Hard Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 6-1
Semifinalist 3 March 1985 Virginia Slims of Pennsylvania

Hershey, PA, USA

Hard Robin White 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
Semifinalist 30 September 1985 Lynda Carter/Maybelline Classic

Fort Lauderdale FL, USA

Hard Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-1
Semifinalist 24 March 1986 Phoenix Open

Phoenix AZ, USA

Hard Beth Herr 7-6, 6-1
Semifinalist 5 February 1990 Breyers Classic

Wichita, KS, USA

Hard Natalie Tauziat 6-3, 6-2
Semifinalist 21 July 1991 Pathmark Classic

Mahwah, NJ, USA

Hard Jennifer Capriati 6-4, 6-4

Doubles (5 titles, 5 finalists)[edit]

Outcome Partner Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Finalist United States Marita Redondo 28 March 1979 La Costa Tennis Classic Hard Marcie Louie

Regina Marsikova

6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Winner Dana Gilbert 20 October 1980 Hit-Union Japan Open Hard Nerida Gregory

Marie Pinterova

7-5, 7-6
Finalist  United States Marita Redondo 2 March 1981 Avon Championships of Los Angeles Hard Susan Leo

Kim Sands

6-1, 4-6, 6-1
Winner Anna Maria Fernandez 29 April 1984 Durban, South Africa Hard Claudia Monteiro

Beverly Mould

7-5, 5-7, 6-1
Winner Anna Maria Fernandez 30 July 1984 Virginia Slims of Newport Grass Lea Antonopolis

Beverly Mould

7-5, 7-6
Finalist Heather Ludloff 29 September 1987 Virginia Slims of New Orleans Carpet (i) Zina Garrison

Lori McNeil

6-3, 6-3
Winner Penny Barg October 1989 Virginia Slims of Arizona Hard Elise Burgin

Rosalyn Fairbank

7-6, 7-6
Finalist Wendy White 6 August 1990 Virginia Slims of Albuquerque Hard Meredith McGrath

Anne Smith

7-6, 6-4
Finalist Lise Gregory 5 August 1991 Virginia Slims of Albuquerque Hard Katrina Adams

Isabelle Demongeot

6-7, 6-4, 6-3
Winner Cammy MacGregor October 1991 Virginia Slims of Arizona Hard Sandy Colins

Elna Reinach

7-5, 3-6, 6-3


  1. ^ Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 215. 
  2. ^ "Peanut Louie Harper ITF Profile". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  3. ^ Bonk, Thomas (1991-03-03). "Peanut Bags Two Big Victories". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Talented class of 10 set to join SF Prep Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  5. ^ a b Berton, Justin (2009-08-20). "Peanut Louie Harper's new spin on sports: kids". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  6. ^ Chapin, Dwight (2002-02-10). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? / 'Peanut' Louie-Harper / This tennis nut made a name for herself on court". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  7. ^ "USTA Northern California Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 

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