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Tracy Austin biography

Date of birth : 1962-12-12
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Palos Verdes, California
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-06-09
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, WTA tour, Wimbledon, U.S. Open

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Tracy Ann Austin Holt is a former World No. 1 female professional tennis player from the United States who won the women's singles title at the U.S. Open in 1979 and 1981 and the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1980, before a series of injuries cut her career short.

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.

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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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