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Tracy Austin

Tennis Player

Born: 12 December 1962
Birthplace: Palos Verdes, California
Best known as: The teen U.S. Open champ who beat Evert and Navratilova
Teenager Tracy Ann Austin briefly held the top spot in women's tennis during the era of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Austin was still in pigtails and braces when, at the age of 14, she became the youngest player ever to win a professional tournament by triumphing at the 1977 Avon Futures. At the age of 16, she won the 1979 U.S. Open against Evert, who was going for her fifth consecutive title. Austin beat Navratilova for her second U.S. Open title two years later. Her turn at the top was brief, as back injuries forced her to retire in 1983. Still, Austin won a total of 29 singles titles during her years on the court, and in 1992 she became the youngest person inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Since 1991 she has done on-air tennis commentary for the USA Network. She also does occasional commentary for the BBC and Australia's Seven Network.
Extra credit: Austin is the one who broke Chris Evert's famous 125-match clay court winning streak in Rome in 1979... Austin and her brother John won the 1980 mixed doubles title at Wimbledon... Her brother Jeff is married to fitness expert Denise Austin... In 2005 she and Jana Novotna took the women's senior doubles title at Wimbledon.

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