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Real name is Beatriz...Father, Tuto, is a retired, well-known doctor in Puerto Rico...Cousin of the late actor Jose Ferrer...Has two older brothers and a younger sister...Founded Gigi Fernandez Charitable Foundation in 1992 and plays host to annual Gigi Fernandez Invitational Cup to raise money for various Puerto Rican charities... Met Queen of England and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at 1988 Wightman Cup, and Princess Diana and the Pope at 1991 Fed Cup...Did modeling and commercials...Outside interests include golf, boating, skiing, hiking, biking, reading, beach volleyball and computers...Owned a motorcycle...Likes ice cream and Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Italian foods...Enjoys listening to music...Has pig collection...In 1995, provided financial backing for player Kristina Brandi, daughter of her first coach in Puerto Rico, Joe Brandi.

Career Highlights

Winner (2): 1991 - Albuquerque; 1986 - Singapore.
Finalist (4): 1992 - San Juan; 1989 - San Juan; 1984 - Newport; 1983 - Erie.

Winner (69): 1997 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon (both w/Zvereva), Sydney (w/Sanchez Vicario); 1996 - Olympics (w/MJ Fernandez), US Open, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (both w/Zvereva), San Diego (w/Martinez); 1995 - Roland Garros, US Open, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Rome, San Diego, Los Angeles, Filderstadt (all w/Zvereva), Hamburg (w/Hingis); 1994 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Tour Championships, Miami, Chicago, Rome, Berlin, Eastbourne, Filderstadt, Philadelphia (all w/Zvereva); 1993 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Tour Championships, Delray Beach, Wesley Chapel, Hilton Head, Berlin, Eastbourne, Leipzig, Filderstadt (all w/Zvereva), San Diego (w/Sukova); 1992 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, Oakland, Philadelpia (all w/Zvereva), Houston (w/Fendick), Olympics (w/MJ Fernandez); 1991 - Roland Garros, Brisbane, Chicago (all w/Novotna), Tarpon Springs (w/Sukova), Oakland, Indianapolis (both w/Fendick); 1990 - US Open, Hamburg (both w/Navratilova), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Symlie), Los Angeles (w/Novotna), Worcester (w/Sukova); 1989 - Newport (w/McNeil), Toronto, Tokyo Doubles Championships, Filderstadt (all w/R. White); 1988 - Tokyo [Suntory], US Open (both w/R. White); 1987 - Piscataway, Newport, Mahwah (all w/McNeil); 1985 - Miami, Toronto, Washington DC (all w/Navratilova), Fort Lauderdale (w/R. White).
Finalist (50): 1997 - Berlin, US Open (both w/Zvereva), Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Hingis); 1996 - Roland Garros, Edingburgh (both w/Zvereva), Hamburg, Rome (both w/Hingis), Hilton Head (w/ MJ. Fernandez); 1995 - Australian Open, Miami, Hilton Head, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Tour Championships (all w/Zvereva); 1994 - Wesley Chapel, Hilton Head (both w/Zvereva), Oakland (w/Navratilova); 1993 - Los Angeles, Zurich (both w/Zvereva), San Juan (w/Stubbs); 1992 - Berlin, Montreal (both w/Zvereva), San Juan (w/Rinaldi Stunkel); 1991 - Sydney, Australian Open, Miami, Eastbourne, Wimbledon, Tour Championships (all w/Novotna), San Diego (w/Tauziat), Washington D.C. (w/Zvereva); 1990 - Indian Wells (w/Navratilova), San Antonio (w/R. White), Tokyo [Dentsu] (w/Navratilova); 1989 - Miami, Houston (both w/McNeil), San Juan (w/R. White); 1988 - Dallas, Miami (both w/Garrison), Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Los Angeles, Mahwah, San Juan, Tokyo Doubles Championships (all w/R. White), Newport (w/McNeil); 1986 - Indianapolis, San Juan (w/R. White), Largo (w/Sands), Taipei (w/Leo); 1983 - Indianapolis (w/Herr).

Finalist (3): 1995 - Australian Open (w/Suk), Wimbledon (w/Suk), US Open (w/Suk).

United States Fed Cup Team 1988, 1990-92, 1994-97. United States Olympic Team 1992, 1996. United States Wightman Cup Team 1987-88.

Career in Review

ò Qualified for season-ending championships as one of the best eight doubles teams of the year 11 times, winning it twice
ò Won at least one Grand Slam title every year from 1988-1997 except 1989
ò Won five consecutive Roland Garros doubles titles 1991-95
ò Won three of the four Grand Slam doubles titles in the same year three times (1992-94)
1991 - Became No. 1 ranked doubles player April 1-8 (held No. 1 spot on and off through 1995)
1992-93 - Earned six straight titles
1994 - Ranked No. 99, became lowest-ranked Grand Slam singles SF in Open Era at Wimbledon
1995 - Won career singles match number 250 at 1995 Puerto Rico over Farina to reach SF
1997 - Won a non-calendar year doubles Grand Slam; at year-end, ranked No. 20 on women's all-time Grand Slam titles list with 17
2002 - Named coach of the University of South Florida women's tennis team
2003 - Captained Puerto Rican Fed Cup Team