Anne Smith

Induction Year: 1985

 

Anne Smith (born 1959) lettered as a football player in the fifth grade before finding tennis. The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation honored her as the “Outstanding Junior Girl in Texas Tennis” four years in a row. She won twenty national tennis championships and was the first American girl to win the French Junior Open.

 

Smith turned pro in July 1978 in order to play World Team Tennis for the Boston Lobsters. In 1980 she won the French Open in both women’s doubles and in mixed doubles. Smith followed the wins with a victory at Wimbledon again in women’s doubles. She went on to win the women’s doubles at the Australian Open and the mixed doubles at Wimbledon and the French Open.

 

Smith left tennis in 1983 after playing non-stop for five years with only a one-week vacation. She returned to Trinity University and earned her bachelor’s degree. She then enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed her doctorate in educational psychology.

 

At the age of 46, Smith returned to the women’s professional tennis tour in January 2005. She won her 39th doubles tour title in June 2005, after being off of the WTA tour for 14 years. Smith was the coach of the World Team Tennis Boston Lobsters and the mental training consultant for Harvard University’s women’s tennis team.

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