Mary Joe Fernandez was born to a Spanish father and Cuban mother in the Dominican Republic on August 19, 1971.
Fernandez thrived Down Under, reaching the Australian Open singles final in 1990 (l. Graf) and 1992 (l. Seles). She also won the doubles with Patty Fendick in 1991.
Fernandez and (Gigi) Fernandez won the doubles gold medal for the US at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. They did it again in Atlanta four years later.
Fernandez reached her third major singles final at Roland Garros in 1993, but Graf prevailed again.
Fernandez won seven WTA singles titles during her career, including indoors at Brighton in 1995.
Her smooth, grooved groundstrokes made Fernandez a Top 10 regular for a decade.
Fernandez was cool and classy, in victory and defeat.
Fernandez beat Mary Pierce for her last singles title, at the German Open in Berlin in 1997.
Fernandez retired in 2000, having risen as high as No.4 in both singles and doubles.
Fernandez married sports agent Tony Godsick in 2000. They have a daughter, Isabella Maria, and a son, Nicholas Cooper.
In 2005 Fernandez served as an analyst at the US Open draw.
Having played on the winning side in 1996, Fernandez became captain of the US Fed Cup Team in 2009. They reached the final against Italy that year, and again in 2010.
In her Fed Cup role, Fernandez has nurtured young American talents such as Melanie Oudin.
Fernandez is now also a respected tennis commentator, working for networks such as CBS and ESPN.
Fernandez presided over a Q&A session with Victoria Azarenka at the Sony Ericsson Open in 2009.