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Mary Joe Fernandez Inducted into 2014 USTA Midwest Hall of Fame

August 18, 2014 03:13 PM

Indianapolis, Ind., August 14, 2014 – Mary Joe Fernandez of Cleveland, Ohio, will be inducted into the 2014 USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame on December 5 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The 2014 USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at the Sheraton Keystone at the Crossing Hotel in Indianapolis during the USTA/Midwest Section’s 121th Annual Meeting. 

MJFHEADSHOTFernandez competed on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour for 15 years.  She finished 1990 ranked a career high No. 4 in singles.  Fernandez captured seven WTA singles titles and 17 doubles titles during her career.  
In 1996, Fernandez captured the year-end WTA Tour Championships doubles title with partner Lindsay Davenport.  Fernandez represented the United States team in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games where she won back-to-back women’s doubles gold medals.  She also was a member of the 1996 U.S. team that won the Fed Cup title.

Since retiring from the tour, Fernandez has served as a tennis commentator for ESPN and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the U.S. Open.  She served as the women’s coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team, and she currently coaches the U.S. Fed Cup team which played in Cleveland, Ohio in February. 

As a junior player, Fernandez won four straight Orange Bowl junior titles.  In 1985, at the age of 14, she became the youngest player to win a main draw first round match at the U.S. Open.

“Mary Joe Fernandez’s achievements both on and off the tennis court make her an excellent addition to the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame,” stated USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame Chairman Ronald Brooks. 


About the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame
The USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame was established in 1984 at the Markin Racquet Center on the campus of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was relocated to the USTA/Midwest Section headquarters office in Indianapolis in 2006. With the 2014 inductee class, the Midwest Hall of Fame is comprised of 72 distinguished individuals.   

About USTA/Midwest Section
The USTA/Midwest Section exceeds 86,500 individual members and approximately 1,100 member organizations.  It is the second largest section of the United States Tennis Association.  The USTA/Midwest Section consists of 13 Districts in the following states:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin as well as designated counties in West Virginia and Kentucky.  The USTA/Midwest Section offers recreational and competitive tennis for individuals of all ages and abilities.  Please visit www.midwest.usta.com for more information.  


For more information contact:
Tracy Maymon
Communications Coordinator
Tel:  317-669-0464