Mary Joe Fernández
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
August 19, 1971|
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (October 22, 1990)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1990, 1992)|
|French Open||F (1993)|
|US Open||SF (1990, 1992)|
|Olympic Games||Bronze medal (1992)|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (February 18, 1991)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1991)|
|French Open||W (1996)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1991, 1993)|
|US Open||F (1989)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (1996)|
|Olympic Games||Gold medal (1992, 1996)|
Mary Joe Fernández Godsick (born María José Fernández; August 19, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in both singles and doubles. Fernández was the runner-up in three Grand Slam singles tournaments and won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles and three Olympic medals: two golds and one bronze.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal
- 3 Significant finals
- 4 WTA Tour Finals
- 5 Grand Slam performance timeline
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Mary Joe Fernández first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won four straight Orange Bowl junior titles. In 1985, aged 14 years and eight days, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the U.S. Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round. She turned professional in 1986. She won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering Betsy Nagelsen. Her first top-level singles title came in 1990 at the Tokyo Indoor championships. She reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated by Steffi Graf. She finished 1990 ranked a career-high World No. 4 in singles.
In 1991, Fernández teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Open. She was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1992, this time losing to Monica Seles. Fernández was selected to represent the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, winning a gold medal in women's doubles (with Gigi Fernández) and a bronze medal in singles.
In the quarterfinals of the 1993 French Open, Mary Joe Fernández staged a dramatic comeback against Sabatini after Sabatini took a 6–1, 5–1 lead. But Mary Joe raised the level of her game and saved five match points in the 2nd set before winning a tiebreak. In the 3rd set, Mary Joe finally got rid of Sabatini by hitting a down the line winner, ending the three-hour, 36-minute marathon by a final score of 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8. She then faced second seeded Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals. Mary Joe defeated Arantxa 6–2, 6–2, ending a three match losing streak against the Spaniard. After the heroics against Sabatini in the quarterfinals, followed by her easy win over Arantxa in the semis, Mary Joe's opponent in the final would be top seeded Steffi Graf of Germany. In their nine previous meetings, Mary Joe had lost each time against Steffi. Mary Joe took the opening set 6–4, but Steffi rallied to win by a final score of 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.
Fernández won her second Grand Slam doubles title in 1996 at the French Open, partnering with Lindsay Davenport. The pair went on to capture the year-end WTA Tour Championships doubles title later that year.
Fernández was a late replacement for Chanda Rubin on the United States team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She won a second straight women's doubles gold medal, again in partnership with Gigi Fernández. She was also entered in the singles competition (owing to a withdrawal), and reached the semifinals, where she was defeated for the bronze medal by Jana Novotná. Later that year, Fernández was a member of the U.S. team that won the Fed Cup. Fernández won her final tour singles title in 1997 at the German Open in Berlin. Her final doubles title also came that year in Madrid. She retired from the tour in 2000, having won 7 singles titles, 17 WTA doubles titles, and 2 ITF women's doubles titles.
In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were nevertheless cleared to compete. Among those athletes was Fernández.
Since retiring from the tour, Mary Joe Fernández has served as a tennis commentator for ESPN and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the 2005 U.S. Open. She also coached the U.S. Fed Cup team from 2008 through 2016 and served as the woman's coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team in London.
Fernández was born in the Dominican Republic; her parents were immigrants to the country. Her father José is from Spain, and her mother Silvia Pino is from Cuba. She completed her high school education at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida.
On April 8, 2000, in Miami, Fernández married Anthony Lewisohn (Tony) Godsick, a sports agent with International Management Group. They have two children. She has homes in Cleveland, Ohio, and Key Biscayne, Florida.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 3 (0 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1990||Australian Open||Hard||Steffi Graf||3–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1992||Australian Open||Hard||Monica Seles||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||1993||French Open||Clay||Steffi Graf||6–4, 2–6, 4–6|
Women's doubles: 7 (2 titles, 5 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1989||US Open||Hard||Pam Shriver|| Hana Mandlíková
|7–5, 4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||1990||Australian Open||Hard||Patty Fendick|| Jana Novotná
|Winner||1991||Australian Open||Hard||Patty Fendick|| Gigi Fernández
|Runner-up||1992||Australian Open||Hard||Zina Garrison|| Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|Runner-up||1996||Australian Open||Hard||Lindsay Davenport|| Chanda Rubin
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|5–7, 6–2, 4–6|
|Winner||1996||French Open||Clay||Lindsay Davenport|| Gigi Fernández
|Runner-up||1997||French Open||Clay||Lisa Raymond|| Gigi Fernández
Singles: 1 medal (1 bronze medal)
Mary Joe Fernández lost in the semi-finals to Steffi Graf 6–4, 6–2. In 1992, there was no bronze medal play off match, both beaten semi-final players received bronze medals.
Doubles: 2 medals (2 gold medals)
|Gold||1992||Barcelona||Clay||Gigi Fernández|| Conchita Martínez
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
|7–5, 2–6, 6–2|
|Gold||1996||Atlanta||Hard||Gigi Fernández|| Jana Novotná
Year-End Championships finals
Doubles: 1 (1 title, 0 runners-up)
|Winner||1996||New York City||Carpet (I)||Lindsay Davenport|| Jana Novotná
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
WTA Tour Finals
Singles: 16 (7–9)
|Titles by Surface|
|Runner-up||1.||October 9, 1989||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Gabriela Sabatini||6–7(5–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||2.||January 15, 1990||Australian Open||Hard||Steffi Graf||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||September 24, 1990||Tokyo||Carpet (I)||Amy Frazier||3–6, 6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||2.||October 15, 1990||Filderstadt||Carpet (I)||Barbara Paulus||6–1, 6–3|
|Runner-up||3.||April 15, 1991||Houston||Clay||Monica Seles||4–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||September 16, 1991||Tokyo||Hard||Monica Seles||1–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||5.||January 13, 1992||Australian Open||Hard||Monica Seles||2–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||6.||February 3, 1992||Essen||Carpet (I)||Monica Seles||0–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||February 22, 1993||Indian Wells||Hard||Amanda Coetzer||3–6, 6–1, 7–6(8–6)|
|Runner-up||7.||May 24, 1993||French Open||Clay||Steffi Graf||6–4, 2–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||8.||June 10, 1994||Sydney||Hard||Kimiko Date||4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||4.||May 16, 1994||Strasbourg||Clay||Gabriela Sabatini||2–6, 6–4, 6–0|
|Winner||5.||February 27, 1995||Indian Wells||Hard||Natasha Zvereva||6–4, 6–3|
|Winner||6.||October 16, 1995||Brighton||Carpet (I)||Amanda Coetzer||6–4, 7–5|
|Runner-up||9.||June 17, 1996||Eastbourne||Grass||Monica Seles||0–6, 2–6|
|Winner||7.||May 12, 1997||Berlin||Clay||Mary Pierce||6–4, 6–2|
Doubles: 43 (19–24)
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Australian Open||A||NH||A||A||3R||F||SF||F||QF||4R||4R||4R||SF||A||3R||0 / 10|
|French Open||1R||QF||2R||A||SF||QF||QF||3R||F||3R||1R||4R||QF||A||4R||0 / 13|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||4R||4R||4R||A||SF||3R||3R||3R||QF||QF||4R||A||1R||0 / 12|
|U.S. Open||2R||3R||3R||3R||1R||SF||3R||SF||A||3R||QF||A||4R||3R||4R||0 / 13|
|SR||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 1||0 / 4||0 / 48|
|Year End Ranking||99||27||20||15||12||4||8||6||7||14||8||16||10||76||38|
|Australian Open||NH||A||A||QF||F||W||F||QF||QF||QF||F||2R||A||2R||1 / 10|
|French Open||A||1R||A||2R||A||QF||1R||3R||3R||SF||W||F||A||2R||1 / 10|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||A||A||A||SF||QF||SF||1R||1R||QF||QF||A||QF||0 / 9|
|U.S. Open||1R||2R||2R||F||A||SF||QF||A||A||A||A||3R||3R||QF||0 / 9|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 1||1 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||1 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 1||0 / 4||2 / 38|
|Year End Ranking||131||85||63||8||6||5||11||15||26||10||5||16||89||26|
- NH = tournament not held.
- A = did not participate in the tournament.
- SR = the ratio of the number of Grand Slam tournaments won to the number of those tournaments played.
- "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- "Mary Joe Fernandez steps down as U.S. Fed Cup captain". Tennis.com. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
- Joanne C. Gerstner (June 4, 2012). "Mary Joe Fernandez to coach U.S." ESPN. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- McDermott, Barry (January 6, 1986). "Young Mary Joe Is On The Go". CNN (online). Sports Illustrated. SI Vault. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
- Society Desk (April 9, 2000). "WEDDINGS; Mary Joe Fernandez, Anthony Godsick". New York Times. p. Section 9; Page 9; Column 1.
- Outlaw, Adrianna (September 16, 2004). "Mama Mary Joe Gives Birth to Second Child". Tennis Week Magazine.
- "Womens Circuit Players". International Tennis Association. Retrieved June 11, 2011.