Jo Durie is a retired professional tennis player. She is a former World No.5, which she reached in July 1984. She also broke into the Top 10 of the doubles ranking, making it to the No.9 spot in December 1983. Durie has two grand slam titles as a mixed doubles player she won these in the 1987 Wimbledon and the 1991 Australian Open.

After she retired from professional tennis, Durie worked as a tennis commentator for Eurosport and the BBC. She also worked as a coach for a spell and was the coach for former British No.1 Elena Baltacha.

Height / weight 1.83 m /
Born Jul 27, 1960
Nationality United Kingdom United Kingdom
Playing Style Right Handed

Player Profile

Joanna Mary Durie was born on July 27, 1960, in London, England. Her height is listed at 183 cm. She is a right-handed player and makes use of a one-handed backhand. She turned pro in 1977 and throughout her career, she earned over US$1.2-Million, She announced her retirement in 1995.

Career

Her first appearance at a Grand Slam event was in 1977. She played in Wimbledon and was in the first round of the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events. In 1979, she made it to the 2nd round of the singles event and the 3rd round of the doubles event at the 1979 Wimbledon.

One of the best years early in her career was 1982. In that year, she made it to the main draw of all the grand slam events in both singles and doubles. She also finished the year ranked No.31. The following was equally successful and she finally broke into the Top 30 this year.

In 1983, she made the semifinals of the French Open and the US Open singles and the French Open and the Wimbledon semifinals.

In 1996 and 1997, Durie won the Wimbledon Ladies’ Senior Invitation doubles titles. The semifinals of her career came in 1985. This was at the women’s doubles event of the Aussie Open. However, she continued to do well as a mixed doubles players and she won the 1987 US Open and the 1991 Australian Open.

She retired in 1995. After her retirement, she had heart surgery to address a chronic issue she had been having. She worked as a tennis commentator and she also coached Baltacha.

Career Record

Singles

  • Highest Singles Ranking: 5 (July1984)

Best Grand Slam Singles Performances

  • Australian Open - QF (1983)
  • French Open - SF (1983)
  • Wimbledon - QF (1984)
  • US Open - SF (1983)

Other Singles Tournaments

  • Tour Finals - 1R (1984)

Doubles

  • Highest Doubles Ranking: 9 (December1983)

Best Grand Slam Doubles Performances

  • Australian Open - SF (1985)
  • French Open - SF (1983)
  • Wimbledon - SF (1983, 1984)
  • US Open - QF (1987, 1991)

Other Doubles Tournaments

  • Tour Finals - F (1984)

Best Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Performances

  • Australian Open - W (1991)
  • Wimbledon - W (1987)
  • US Open - SF (1991)

Team Competitions

  • Fed Cup - F (1981)

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