Wendy White (tennis)

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Wendy White
Country (sports)  United States
Born (1960-09-26) September 26, 1960 (age 56)
Atlanta, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Plays Right–handed
Career record 220–214
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1982)
French Open 3R (1983)
Wimbledon 3R (1979, 1981, 1983, 1985)
US Open 3R (1979, 1980, 1982)
Career record 152–173
Grand Slam Doubles results
French Open 2R (1981, 1983, 1984)
Wimbledon 3R (1981–82, 1984, 1989–90)
US Open QF (1978, 1983)

Wendy White-Prausa (born 29 September 1960) is a former professional tennis player.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

White was born in 1960 in the state of Georgia. When she was 8, she learned to play tennis at a summer camp. White became a dominant junior player in her state and on the sectional and national levels. From 1977 to 1978, she won or was a finalist in over 30 national junior and amateur championships. In 1978, she was offered a full scholarship to Rollins College. In 1980 was named Collegiate Player of the Year by Tennis Magazine.[2] After winning the AIAW National Championship (the NCAA did not hold tennis championship for women players until 1982), White turned pro in 1980 as a sophomore. She her enrollment at Rollins and is recognized as the only woman tennis player to turn professional and still graduate on time from college.[3]


White played on the WTA tour from 1978 to 1990. She won a singles title in Wichita, Kansas in 1986. Although mainly a singles player, she twice reached the quarter finals of the U.S. open doubles. She retired with a 100-141 singles record.

Career finals[edit]

Singles (1 title, 1 runner up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in final Score in final
Winner 1. 26 January 1986 Virginia Slims of Kansas, USA Carpet (i) United States Betsy Nagelsen 6–1, 6–7, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 19 July 1987 Virginia Slims of Newport, USA Grass United States Pam Shriver 2–6, 4–6


After retiring in 1992, White continued to coach and play. She has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1988). The International Tennis Federation : World of Tennis 1988. London: Willow Books. p. 370. ISBN 9780002182690. 
  2. ^ Inductees ITA Hall of Fame, accessed January 21, 2016
  3. ^ Rollins College Women's Tennis Sports Then and Now, August 25, 2009

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