Tennis prodigy Tracy Austin stormed into women's tennis in 1977 and set a number of amazing records as the youngest player in the sport.
In 1977, she was the youngest winner of a pro tournament when she won her first title at Avon Futures of Portland, Oregon, at the age of 14 years, 28 days. That same year, as an unseeded amateur, she reached the quarterfinals of the US Open.
In 1979, she won her first major title at the Italian Open where she defeated Chris Evert in the semifinals and severed Chris' 125-match clay court winning streak. Tracy Austin then defeated Chris again that year to become the youngest player to win the US Open at the age of 16 years, nine months.
In 1980, she ranked No. 1 in the world and set a new record as the youngest No. 1 ranked player in tennis history. From 1978 to 1983, she was ranked in the Top Ten, and from 1980-81, she was No. 2.
In 1980, Tracy Austin reached $1 million in career prize money, becoming the youngest player at the time, male or female, at the age of 17 years, 8 months to reach that mark. That same year, she and her brother, John, became the only brother/sister team to win Wimbledon mixed doubles in history.
In 1981, she won her second US Open title in a thrilling tiebreak finish over Martina Navratilova. Tracy defeated Chris and Martina back-to-back five times, and she led the career head-to-head against Chris 9-8. She won a total of 29 pro singles titles and $2 million in prize money in her career.
In 1983, she had back injuries that limited her schedule and then in 1989, was involved in a near-fatal car accident that resulted in a broken leg.
In 1992, at the age of 29 years, 7 months, Tracy Austin became the youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1979 and 1981, she was named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, and in 1980, she was named Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year.
Tracy lives in Rolling Hills, California with her husband, Scott Holt, and their three sons, Dylan Austin Holt, Brandon Scott Holt and Sean William Holt. She has hosted an annual pro/celebrity event for under-privileged children since 1978. Tracy Austin provides tennis commentary for USA Network and NBC-TV.