Valerie Ziegenfuss (29 June 1949) is an former american female professional tennis player and the daughter of the Basketball coach George Ziegenfuss.
She started off as an amateur player at the beginning of the 1970s before turning professional. She is most famous for being one of the so-called "Original 9" along with eight of her fellow players, who rebelled against the United States Tennis Association in 1970.
During her career she reached the fourth round at the French Open (in 1972) and the US Open on two occasions (1969 and 1975). She reached one singles final the Virginia Slims of Oklahoma in 1972. She had far more success in doubles tournament, with twelve doubles final appearances, including six tournament victories.
“Original 9” Edit
In 1970 the top women tennis players started to become frustrated at the lack of equality within tennis in terms of prize money on offer for male and female players. The publisher Gladys Knight (who wrote for "World Tennis" magazine) offered up $5000 of her own money which would allow the players to negotiate their own contracts. Ziegenfuss and the other players, including Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals, signed $1 contracts in the summer of 1970 and formed their own tour, the Virginia Slims Circuit.
In 1975, Ziegenfuss played in an exhibition tournament, the CBS Pressure Point. The event featured the top 16 female players in the world rankings. It was held on clay courts in Puerto Rico and consisted of 13-point tiebreaks, with the winner being the first player to reach seven points. Other top players alongside Ziegenfuss included Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Kerry Melville and Chris Evert.
Private life Edit
Valerie today lives in San Diego. After her retreat from professional tennis she first worked as a tennis coach. Later she started a realtor business. Her daughter Allison Bradshaw also was a professional tennis player in the 1990's. Valerie is divorced from her husband and also has a son Michael.
WTA Tour finalsEdit
|Tier IV & V||0|
|Runner-up||1.||15 February 1972||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA||Hard||Rosie Casals||4-6, 1-6|
Doubles 10 (6-4) Edit
|Tier IV & V||0|
|Titles by Surface|
|Winner||1.||27 May 1967||La Jolla, California, USA||Hard||Stephanie Grant|| Jane Bartkowicz|
|Runner-up||2.||26 October 1968||Olympics-Mexico City Exhibition, Mexico||Clay||Peaches Bartkowicz|| Rosy Darmon|
|Winner||3.||1969||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA||Hard||Kerry Harris|| Emilie Burrer|
|Winner||4.||18 March 1971||Detroit, Michigan, USA||Carpet||Mary-Ann Eisel|| Jane Bartkowicz|
Judy Tegart Dalton
|2-6, 6-2, 6-3|
|Winner||5.||20 February 1972||Washington DC, USA||Carpet||Wendy Overton|| Judy Tegart Dalton|
|Runner-up||6.||5 June 1972||Hamburg, Germany||Clay||Wendy Overton|| Helga Masthoff|
|6-3, 6-2, 0-6|
|Runner-up||7.||15 January 1973||San Francisco, California, USA||Hard||Wendy Overton|| Margeret Court|
|Winner||8.||22 November 1976||Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Laura Du Pont|| Yvonne Vermaak|
|Runner-up||9.||9 January 1977||Washington DC, USA||Carpet||Kristien Shaw|| Martina Navrátilová|
|Winner||10.||5 November 1978||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Clay||Françoise Durr|| Laura Du Pont|
|1-6, 6-4, 6-3|
- The "Original 9" also featured Billie Jean Kin, Rosie Casals, Peaches Bartkowickz, Nancy Richey, Kerry Melville, Judy Dalton, Julie Heldman and Kristy Pigeon.
- The Virginia Slims Circuit was the name of the modern day circuit WTA circuit before the formation of the United States Tennis Association in 1973. It became the WTA Tour in 1988.