FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT
By LUBNA SHERIN
She was a great American tennis player who dominated the game in the middle and late 1970s.
She began taking tennis lessons at the age of five from her father, a professional tennis coach.
In the Girl's 14-under Division, she went to the top of the national rankings in 1969.
She signed a $50,000 per year, four-year contract at the age of 18 to advertise a brand of sportswear with
Puritan Fashion Corporation
She dated tennis player
in the early 1970s, but they called off their engagement in November 1974.
She also had relationships with actor Burt Reynolds , a president’s son, Jack Ford, and married British ex-rock star
She held the position of president of the
Women's Tennis Association
twice, from 1975–1976 and again from 1983–1991.
She was honored with the ‘Flo Hyman Award,’ in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, who called her ‘the role model for our nations’ young women.’
She wed British tennis player
in 1979. They both separated in 1984 and divorced in 1987.
She wed two-time Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill in 1988, and after their divorce in 2006, she married Australian golfer
in 2008 and divorced in 2009.
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