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Gigi Fernandez

Full name: Beatriz Cristina "Gigi" Fernandez
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: February 22, 1964 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Country: USA United States
Sport: Tennis

Related Olympians: Cousin of Mary Joe Fernandez; Same-sex partner of Conchita Martínez.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Gigi Fernandez was a Puerto Rico native who played for the island nation at the 1984 Olympics in the tennis demonstration event. Fernandez later became one of the world’s top players, especially in doubles, and competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics for the United States, winning the doubles gold medal both times alongside her namesake [Mary Joe Fernandez], who is no relation. Gigi also won two gold medals, in both singles and doubles at the 1983 Pan American Games, representing her native Puerto Rico.

Gigi Fernandez won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles – two Australians, six French, four Wimbledons, and five US Opens. She won a doubles Grand Slam each year from 1990-97, and in 1992-94, won three of the four titles. She won 14 of her 17 Grand Slam doubles titles alongside Russian player [Natasha Zvereva]. In all Fernandez won 69 WTA Tour doubles titles, adding two singles titles.

Fernandez became a tennis coach and entrepreneur, and earned a college degree from the University of South Florida in 2003. She is director of tennis at Chelsea Piers in Connecticut. Her long-time partner was Jane Geddes, a former LPGA golfer who became an executive with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Fernandez was also a distant cousin of actor José Ferrer. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Tennis Women's Doubles United States USA 1 Gold
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Tennis Women's Doubles United States USA 1 Gold

Women's Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank Date Result SW
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Final Round Match 1/2 1 1992-08-08 USA 2, ESP 1 2
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1992-08-06 USA 2, EUN 0 2
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 USA 2, RSA 0 2
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Round Two Match #8 1 USA 2, GER 0 2
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Round One Match #16 1 USA 2, NED 0 2
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Final Round Match 1/2 1 1996-08-03 USA 2, CZE 0 2
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-31 USA 2, NED 0 2
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1996-07-30 USA 2, GBR 0 2
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Round Two Match #1 1 USA 2, FRA 0 2
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Tennis United States USA Mary Joe Fernandez Round One Match #1 AC USA bye
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