Started career in gymnastics, training for the 1980 Olympics; fell from the uneven parallel bars and landed on her neck; was in full cast for 6 months; tennis racket was a get well present from her sister; three months after getting out of the hospital, she entered her first tennis tournament while still wearing a head, neck and body brace...Coached by the late Harry Hopman, who took her on without a coaching fee when Bonnie wrote an imploring letter to 50 coaches after her gymnastics accident (he was the only one to help)...A conscientious member of the community, served as the National Spokesperson for Parkinsons Disease, was a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and supported Rescue America which is an anti-drug program...Tried to help young American tennis players reach an international level...Youngest of four children...Studied ballet as a child to enhance her gymnastics...Enjoys boating, traveling, running on beaches, swimming and reading novels.
• Received the Omega Comeback Player of the Year award in its inaugural year (1982)• Named Tennis Magazine 1982 Rookie of the Year• Named Florida Tennis Association 1981 Player of the Year• Named the 1980 Junior of the Year by the Florida Tennis Association• In juniors, won 1981 Roland Garros
SINGLESWinner: 1985 - Swiss Open, Marco Island, Indianapolis [Oct.], Chicago; 1984 - Marco Island.Finalist: 1985 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; 1984 - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; 1983 - Italian Open, Deerfield Beach; 1982 - Monte Carlo.DOUBLESWinner: 1985 - Swiss Open (w/Sukova), Indianapolis [Oct.] (w/M.L. Daniels); 1983 - Deerfield Beach (w/W. White).Finalist: 1986 - Oakland (w/Sukova); 1985 - Marco Island (w/Benjamin).ADDITIONALUnited States Wightman Cup Team 1986.
1980 - Debuted on the pro tour at Tournament of Champions1981 - Made first appearance on computer in Jan. at No. 1081984-1985 - W/Shriver in 1985, won more singles titles (4) than all players except Navratilova and Evert; won first major singles title in 1984 at Marco Island, d. Casale 63 64 in final; successfully defended title there in 19851986 - Following a four-month layoff due to tendonitis in shoulder, reached QF at US Open with wins over Richardson, Smylie, Kelesi and Rehe before l. 63 61 to Graf1987 - Ret. in mid-April 1987 from full-time participation on tour; helped coach 1987 US Junior Wightman Cup team
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