Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce

French tennis player
Date of Birth: 15.01.1975
Country: France

Content:
  1. Biography of Mary Pierce
  2. Early Life and Career Start
  3. Tennis Career

Biography of Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce is a French tennis player and former world number three in singles and doubles. She is the winner of four Grand Slam titles (two in singles, one in women's doubles, and one in mixed doubles) and the runner-up in five Grand Slam tournaments (four in singles, one in women's doubles). Pierce has also won 28 WTA titles in singles and was a two-time winner of the Fed Cup with the French national team in 1997 and 2003. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019.

Mary Pierce

Early Life and Career Start

Mary Pierce was born to Jim (Bobby) Pierce and Yannick Adjaj in Canada and was raised in the United States. She has a younger brother, David, who was also her coach. Despite being born in Canada and raised in the US, Pierce represented France throughout her career. She is a Christian and is passionate about reading and studying the Bible. Pierce regularly attends church and participates in missionary trips to Africa. After retiring from tennis, she spends most of her time on the island of Mauritius and owns two long-haired Chihuahuas.

Mary Pierce

Tennis Career

Pierce began her professional tennis career at the age of 14, making her one of the youngest players in history to turn professional. She played her first professional tournament in April 1989 at Hilton Head Island. In May 1990, she made her debut in Grand Slam tournaments at the French Open, reaching the second round in singles and the quarterfinals in mixed doubles. In July, she made her debut for the French national team in the Fed Cup. In September, she reached her first semifinal on the WTA Tour at the tournament in Athens. At the end of the 1990 season, she reached her first doubles final, playing alongside Luann Spadea at the tournament in Sao Paulo. In 1991, Pierce achieved her best result at the French Open by reaching the third round in singles and the quarterfinals in women's doubles (with Sandy Collins). In July, at the age of 16, she won her first WTA singles title at the tournament in Palermo, where she also won the women's doubles event. At the US Open, she reached the fourth round in singles.

In 1992, Pierce reached her first semifinal in Essen and broke into the top 20 in the rankings. She then won her first singles title in Cheseaux. In 1993, she reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career at the Australian Open. She also reached the fourth round at the French Open and the US Open. In October, she won her fifth career singles title at the tournament in Filderstadt. In 1994, Pierce reached her second Grand Slam final at the French Open, losing to Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. She also reached two more finals that year, losing to Steffi Graf in Paris and to Anke Huber in Leipzig. She made her debut at the WTA Tour Championships and reached the semifinals, defeating Gabriela Sabatini and Martina Navratilova along the way.

In 1995, Pierce won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, defeating Sanchez Vicario in the final. She also reached the final in Paris, losing to Graf. In 1996, she defended her title at the Australian Open. She reached the fourth round at the French Open and the US Open. In October, she won her fifth singles title of the season in San Juan. In 1997, Pierce reached the final of the Australian Open again, but lost to Hingis. She won her first title of the season in Paris. She reached the quarterfinals at the French Open and the US Open. She won her second title of the season in Tokyo in October. She finished the season by reaching the semifinals at the WTA Tour Championships.

In 1998, Pierce reached the final in Paris, losing to Davenport. She won her first title of the season in Paris. She reached the quarterfinals at the French Open and the US Open. She won her third title of the season in Moscow. In 1999, she reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. She won her fourth title of the season in Tokyo and reached the quarterfinals at the US Open. She finished the season by reaching the semifinals at the WTA Tour Championships and helping the French team win the Fed Cup.

In 2000, Pierce reached the final of the Australian Open in doubles, but lost. She won her tenth career singles title in s-Hertogenbosch. She represented France at the Olympics in Sydney, reaching the quarterfinals in singles. In 2001, she reached the semifinals in Canberra. She reached the quarterfinals at the French Open and the US Open. In 2002, she reached the quarterfinals at the French Open. In 2003, she reached the fourth round at the French Open and the US Open. She won her tenth and final doubles title in Los Angeles. She finished the season by reaching the quarterfinals at the WTA Tour Championships and helping the French team win the Fed Cup for the second time.

In 2004, Pierce reached the final in Paris, losing to Clijsters. She won her eleventh career singles title in 's-Hertogenbosch. She represented France at the Olympics in Athens, reaching the quarterfinals. In 2005, she reached the final at the French Open, losing to Henin. She reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the final at the US Open, losing to Clijsters. In 2006, she reached the quarterfinals at the French Open. She ended her career in 2006 after the US Open.

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