Former World’s Top Junior American Tennis Star Betsy Nagelson

Betsy Nagelson

Betsy Nagelson McCormack, the former junior top player of the world was born on 23rd of October, 1956 in St Petersburg, Florida. She was crowned the 1973 top junior tennis player of the world when she won the US Champion girls tournament in the under 16 singles category. She was also the USTA Girls sportsmanship Award winner in 1974 along with bagging in the Doubles awards in the Australian Opens in 1978 and 1980. She also managed to reach the finals of the 1978 singles match in the Australian Opens but lost to Christine O’Neil. In her entire career spanning over 21 years, Nagelson in total won 26 doubles titles and 4 singles titles.

February 17, 1986 was the day when Nagelson reached her career’s highest rank of No. 25 in the singles rankings. Her doubles highest rank however came on 4th of March, 1988 when she was ranked No. 11. Nagelson’s Grand Slam record states reaching the final of the Australian Open in 1978 where she was beaten by Chris O’Neil, whereas Nagelson won 2 Grand Slam Doubles titles in 1978 and 1980 in the Australian Opens and ended up as Runner up in the 1977 Australian Open and the Wimbledon in 1987. Nagelson was also the runner in the mixed doubles finals of the US Open in 1987. Nagelson has been a member of the Wightman Cup team for four years in 1974, 85, 88 and 89. She announced her retirement in 1996 after which she went ahead to join ESPN and ABC network as a commentator, she is also associated with the Australian Nine Network.

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