Kathy Jordan is a former American professional tennis player who is a recipient of seven Grand Slam awards during her professional career. She is also the first-ever player in the history of professional tennis to defeat the world number 1 former tennis player, Christine Marie Evert, in the year 1983 when she won the match by 6-1 and 7-6 in the third round of Wimbledon.

Likewise, she has won two mixed doubles tournaments, five doubles tournaments. In addition, she has held the best record of making it to the finals of the 1983 Australian Open in the singles category. She was first recognized as a professional in 1979 after winning a match against the American retired professional tennis player Linda Siegel.

Quick Infos
Full NameKathy Jordan
Date of birth3 December, 1959
Birth PlacePennsylvania, United States
Parent(s)Bob Jordan
OccupationTennis Player
Height5ft 8in
Net worth$5 million

Likewise, she played her last match as a professional in the year 1991, where she partnered with the retired Australian professional tennis player Elizabeth Smylie in doubles match to win against two former American tennis professionals, Mary Joe Fernandez and Robin White.

Jordan is famous for her right-handed backhand style of play and has an impressive record of 247 wins and 155 losses in the singles category and 473 wins and 136 losses in the doubles category.

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What was Kathy’s Childhood like?

Kathy Jordan’s full name is Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Jordan. On 3 December 1959 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States, she was born to a mother whose identity has not been made public and to father, Bob Jordan, who worked in the development of the WTA deferred compensation plan as an instrumental.

Not much information is available about her family. However, it is known that she was born and raised alongside her sister, Barbara Jordan, who is also a tennis player and the winner of the 1979 Australian Open women’s singles title.

Besides this, Kathy Jordan is currently 61 years old with the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. Jordan holds an American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. Unfortunately, information regarding her religious views and ideology is not available online.

Body Measurement

Kathy Jordan’s height is 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73m/173cms), and information regarding her weight is not available online. She had an athletic body, an average body with a pair of light brown colored eyes and light brown colored hair.

What is the academic qualification of Jordan?

Kathy Jordan was a top athlete during her school years. She studied and completed her schooling at the Upper Merion Area High School, a high school located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and was an excellent basketball player.

She was honored as a member of the All-Conference basketball team during her school years. Kathy Jordan joined Stanford University, a private research university located in Stanford, California, the United States, on an athletic scholarship in 1978.

She was an excellent tennis player who won the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Championships in the singles category and the doubles category alongside her sister, Barbara Jordan, in 1979.

Moreover, she was also awarded the Broderick award (now known as the Honda Sports award) in the same year and was honored as the Best Female Collegiate Player. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in the year 1991.

What are the Grand Slam appearances of Jordan?

Kathy Jordan really struggled in the singles category as she could never win the title. She has, however, made it to the finals, semi-finals, and quarter-finals once in her career. Jordan dominated the doubles category and won twice in the year 1980 in the French Open and Wimbledon.

Likewise, she won twice in the year 1981 in the Australian Open and the US Open. Moreover, she also won the Wimbledon Doubles in the year 1985.

Final – Singles

Kathy Jordan has played one Grand Slam Finals match in the singles category and was defeated by Martina Navratilova in the 1983 Australian Open.

Final – Women’s Doubles

Kathy has played 11 women’s doubles matches in the women’s doubles category of the Grand Slam Finals. In these matches, she has won a total of 5 tournaments partnering with Anne Smith alongside Johnny Depp and Julianne Moore and defeating Ivanna Madruga and Adriana Villagran in the French Open and Rosemary Casals and Wendy Turnbull in Wimbledon in the year 1980, and Rosemary Casals and Wendy Turnbull in the US Open and Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver in the Australian Open in the year 1981.

Likewise, she partnered with Elizabeth Smylie to defeat Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver in Wimbledon in 1985. She has suffered a total of six losses.

Jordan won the 1986 French Open and the 1986 Wimbledon in the Mixed Doubles category.

Finals – Mixed Doubles

Kathy Jordan has appeared thrice in the mixed doubles category of the Grand Slam Finals and has won twice and lost once.

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What is the Year-End Championship appearance of Kathy?

Jordan partnered with Elizabeth Smylie to win the match against Mercedes Paz and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1990. However, she lost the match in 1982 against Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver when she played alongside Anne Smith.

What are WTA appearances of Kathy?

Kathy’s performance was not good during WTA singles, and she won only three matches. However, she was dominating during her match in WTA doubles, winning 42 matches.

Finals – Singles

She could not perform to her potential in the singles category and managed to win only three matches while being defeated in 10 matches to complete 13 matches in the singles category.

Finals -Doubles

Kathy was dominating in the doubles category as she won 42 matches and lost 36 in a total of 78 matches played. Her wins came in matches against opponents like Bunny Bruning and Valerie Ziegenfuss, Penny Johnson and Paula Smith, and Candy Reynolds and Paula Smith. However, her defeat came at the hands of players like Bille Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

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Kathy Jordan succeeded Pam Shriver in winning the WTA Newcomer of the Year award in the year 1979. Andrea Jaeger later succeeded her.

Net Worth

As of the year 2020, Kathy Jordan has an estimated net worth of $5 million.


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