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Tracy Ann Austin (b. December 12 1962, in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California) is a former World No. 1 woman tennis player from the United States. She won the women’s singles title at the U.S. Open (tennis)|US Open in 1979 and 1981, and the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon Championships|Wimbledon in 1980, before a series of injuries cut short her very promising career.
As a junior player, Austin won 21 age-group titles including the US national 12s title at age 10 in 1972. In 1977, she became the youngest player to win a professional tournament, capturing the title in Portland, Oregon aged 14 years and 28 days. Later that year, she made her Grand Slam (tennis)|Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon and at the US Open 2 months later she reached the quarter-finals.
Austin became the youngest-ever US Open champion in 1979, aged 16 years and 9 months. In the final she faced Chris Evert (who was bidding to win the title for the fifth consecutive year) and beat her in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Earlier that year, she had also ended Evert’s 125-match clay court winning streak by beating her in three sets in the semi-finals of the Rome Masters|Italian Open.
Austin won the US Open again in 1981 in a thrilling final against Martina Navratilova in which she prevailed 1-6, 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-1).
In 1980, Austin won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title partnering her brother John Austin. She was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1979 and 1980.
Austin was briefly ranked the World No. 1 singles player in 1980, breaking a six-year stangle-hold that Evert and Navratilova had held on the top spot.
After a fleeting period of great success, back injuries began to impair Austin’s effectiveness and sidelined her for long stretches. She won her 29th and final top-level singles title at San Diego in 1982. By 1983, before her 21st birthday, she was virtually finished.
Austin had a near-fatal motor accident in 1989, but survived. She attempted a brief comeback on the tour in 1993-1994, but was not particularly successful.
In 1992, Austin became the youngest person to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Since retiring as a player, Austin has frequently worked as a commentator for NBC and the USA Network.
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