Gigi Fernandez is a tennis Hall of Famer and well known tennis personality who has dedicated her entire life to the game she knows and loves. First, as a junior player followed by a very successful professional career and upon retiring, as a coach to players of all levels. Gigi, a native of Puerto Rico, was a pioneer for female sports on the island. From a young age, her natural ability coupled with her instinct on the court, were signs that Gigi would reach levels that no one in the island had ever dreamed possible. Upon graduating from high school, Gigi accepted a scholarship to Clemson University where
she reached the singles finals of the NCAA Championship as a freshman. The success of her first year in college prompted her to turn professional in 1983 becoming Puerto Rico's first female professional athlete, in any sport. Her illustrious professional career included winning 2 Olympic Gold Medals in Doubles with Mary Joe Fernandez (no relation) and an astounding 71 titles on the WTA tour
including 2 singles, 52 doubles and 17 Grand Slam doubles titles. Gigi is recognized as
one of the best doubles players of all-time. In 2000, Gigi was honored as the Puerto Rican
Athlete of the Century and was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.
Since retiring, Gigi has dedicated her life to sharing her knowledge of doubles through
various endeavors. It began with coaching the Puerto Rican National Team, the
University of South Florida women’s tennis team and Grand Slam champions Lisa
Raymond & Sam Stosur. While coaching, Gigi completed her undergraduate studies and
ultimately received her MBA from the Rollins College Crummer School of Business.
In 2011, Gigi moved to Connecticut where, as Director of Tennis at Chelsea Piers CT, she
shared her expertise and passion for tennis with adults. It was during this time that Gigi
gained a new perspective and a new love for the game - teaching recreational players.
During her tenure with CPCT, Gigi created the highly successful “Gigi Method” an
intensive doubles instructional program which is now available online at Doubles.TV.
Gigi currently spends her time as an online coach on Doubles.TV and traveling the country conducting her Gigi Method camps and clinics.
Gigi's mission in life is simple...to share her knowledge of doubles with the world while helping players master the art & science of doubles!
She is the mother of eleven year-old twins Karson and Madison and enjoys spending time pursuing outdoor activities.
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