Olympic Gold Medalist, Tennis
- 17 Career Grand Slams
- Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Gigi Fernández is the first professional female athlete from Puerto Rico, the first Puerto Rican woman to win an Olympic gold medal, and the first to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Fernández won 17 Grand Slam doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals representing the United States, and reached the World No. 1 ranking in women’s doubles. She won a career doubles Grand Slam with 17 Grand Slam women’s doubles title – six French Open, five US Open, four Wimbledon, and two Australian Opens. She won 14 of her 17 Grand Slam titles partnering with Natasha Zvereva; their partnership is the second-most successful doubles pair in Grand Slam history after Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver in the Open era.
Fernández captured 68 career titles in women’s doubles and reached the World No. 1 doubles ranking in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995. Fernández represented the United States at the Olympic Games in 1992 (Barcelona) and 1996 (Atlanta). She reached a career high singles ranking of 17 in 1991. In 2014, ESPN voted Fernández the 10th most influential Hispanic athlete in history. By far the most successful tennis player in the history of Puerto Rico, Fernández was named Puerto Rico’s “Female Athlete of the Century” in 1999. In 2010, Fernández was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.