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Tracy Austin

Tracy Austin was one of the great tennis talents at the turn of the seventies and eighties. She won the US Open twice, the first time at the age of 16, becoming the youngest champion in the history of this tournament. In total she won 30 WTA titles and was number one in the world rankings.

Since retiring she has worked as a tennis commentator for NBC and USA Network, she has also worked for the Seven Network and the BBC. Tracy has a sister, Pam, and two brothers, John and Jeff, both former professional tennis players. She is married to Scott Holt and has three children, one of whom, Brandon, is a tennis player.

Like her in the previous two seasons in 1979 she did not take part in the Australian Open and the French Open. In July she reached the semifinal of the Wimbledon tournament in which she lost against Martina Navrátilová. A month later she reached the final at the US Open, in the last match she played against Chris Evert (winner of the last four editions) managing to prevail in two sets with partials of 6-4, 6-3.

In 1981 she took part in her first Australian Open: it was a disappointing experience that ended early in the quarterfinals. Following an injury she missed the French Open and most of the season. She returned in time for Wimbledon in which she reached the quarterfinals losing to Pam Shriver.

Despite her bitterness she recovered and won the Canadian Open by overcoming rivals Evert and Navrátilová. A few weeks later she defeated Navratilova again 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) in the final of the US Open, capturing her second and final Grand Slam. In addition to the US Open she won 6 other singles tournaments including the fourth consecutive title in Filderstadt.

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