|Country (sports)||United States|
August 23, 1942 |
San Angelo, TX, USA
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Int. Tennis HoF||2003 (member page)|
|Highest ranking||No.2 (1969)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||W (1967)|
|French Open||W (1968)|
|US Open||F (1966, 1969)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1966)|
|French Open||F (1969)|
|US Open||W (1965, 1966)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Fed Cup||W (1969)|
Richey won two Grand Slam singles titles (1967 Australian Championships and 1968 French Open) and four Grand Slam women's doubles titles (1965 U.S. Championships and 1966 Australian, Wimbledon, and U.S. Championships). She was ranked World No. 2 in singles at year-end in 1969. Richey won 69 singles titles during her career and helped the U.S. win the Federation Cup in 1969. She won the singles title at the U.S. Women's Clay Court Championships a record six consecutive years, from 1963 through 1968.
Richey was married to Kenneth Gunter from 1970 to 1976, reverting to her maiden name following her divorce. She is the sister of fellow player Cliff Richey. They were the first brother-sister combination to both be concurrently ranked in the USA Top Ten. They were ranked in the Top Three concurrently in 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1970.
She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 6 (2 titles, 4 runners-up)
|Result||Year||Championship||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1966||Australian Championships||Margaret Smith||walkover|
|Runner-up||1966||French Championships||Ann Haydon Jones||3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||1966||U.S. Championships||Maria Bueno||3–6, 1–6|
|Winner||1967||Australian Championships||Lesley Turner Bowrey||6–1, 6–4|
|Winner||1968||French Open||Ann Haydon Jones||5–7, 6–4, 6–1|
|Runner-up||1969||U.S. Open||Margaret Court||2–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 6 (4 titles, 2 runner-ups)
|Result||Year||Championship||Partner||Opponents in final||Score in final|
|Winner||1965||U.S. Championships||Carole Graebner|| Billie Jean King
|Winner||1966||Australian Championships||Carole Graebner|| Margaret Smith
|Winner||1966||Wimbledon||Maria Bueno|| Margaret Smith
|6–3, 4–6, 6–4|
|Winner||1966||U.S. Championships||Maria Bueno|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|Runner-up||1967||Wimbledon||Maria Bueno|| Rosie Casals
Billie Jean King
|11–9, 4–6, 2–6|
|Runner-up||1969||French Open||Margaret Smith|| Françoise Dürr
Ann Haydon Jones
|0–6, 6–4, 5–7|
Grand Slam singles tournament timeline
|Australia||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||F||W||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A / A||A||1 / 2|
|France||A||A||A||A||A||A||4R||SF||F||A||W||SF||A||SF||3R||3R||A||A||A||3R||2R||1 / 10|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||2R||3R||A||QF||QF||QF||4R||SF||QF||A||QF||QF||A||A||2R||A||A||A||0 / 11|
|United States||1R||3R||QF||A||3R||QF||SF||SF||F||A||A||F||SF||3R||1R||3R||QF||1R||2R||4R||1R||0 / 18|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||1 / 2||1 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 1||0 / 2||0 / 2||2 / 41|
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.
- Cliff Richey at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- Bill Shannon, ed. (1981). Official Encyclopedia of Tennis (3rd, Revised and updated ed.). New York [u.a.]: Harper & Row. pp. 427, 433,434. ISBN 9780060148966.
- Nancy Richey at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
- Nancy Richey at the Women's Tennis Association
- Fed Cup – Player profile