Wendy Turnbull is a retired professional tennis player with a career-high singles ranking of World Number 3, reached in January 1958. She also has an Olympic Bronze medal won in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Player Profile

Wendy Turnbull was born on November 26, 1952, in Brisbane, Australia. She currently splits her time between Boca Raton, Florida, USA, and Sandgate, Queensland, Australia. She stands 164 cm tall and she is right-handed with a one-handed backhand.

Height / weight 1.64 m /
Born 26 Nov 1952
Nationality Australia Australia
Playing Style Right Handed

Since she turned pro, she earned US$ 2,769,024 in prize money.


Turnbull never won a Grand Slam title in women’s singles but she did make it to the finals of three of them, except Wimbledon. She does, however, have Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

In January 1985, she became Number 3 in the women’s singles ranking. Then in January 1987, she reached a doubles career-high ranking of Number 5. The following year, she was in the 1988 Seoul Olympics where she won bronze for women’s doubles.

In total, Turnbull won 11 singles tour-level titles and 55 tour-level doubles titles. She also has 5 titles in mixed doubles.

When she retired, she coached the Australian Fed Cup Team from 1985 to 1993. In 1991, she was appointed to the International Tennis Federation Olympic Committee. In 1983, a part of Brisbane was named in her honor.

In 2009, she was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.

Career Record


  • Career Record: 478–250 (65.7%)
  • Career Titles: 11

  • Highest Singles Ranking: 3 (January 7, 1985)

Best Grand Slam Singles Performances

  • Australian Open - F (1980)
  • French Open - F (1979)
  • Wimbledon - QF (1979, 1980, 1981)
  • US Open - F (1977)


  • Career Record: 653–225
  • Career Titles: 55

  • Highest Doubles Ranking: 5 (January 19, 1987)

Best Grand Slam Doubles Performances

  • Australian Open - F (1983, 1988)
  • French Open - W (1979)
  • Wimbledon - W (1978)
  • US Open - W (1979, 1982)

Other Doubles Tournaments

  • Tour Finals - W (1986 Mar)

Mixed Doubles

  • Career Titles: 5

Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Performances

  • French Open - W (1979, 1982)
  • Wimbledon - W (1983, 1984)
  • US Open - W (1980)

Medal Record

  • Bronze - 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, Women’s doubles

People Ask

Does Wendy Turnbull have an Olympic medal?

Yes. She won the bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for women’s doubles.

Did Wendy Turnbull win a singles Grand Slam title?

No. She made it to three Grand Slam finals but she did not win any of them. She does have Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Is Wendy Turnbull right-handed?

Yes. She is right-handed and she has a one-handed backhand.

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