Stephanie Rehe - Career


A successful amateur player, Rehe was ranked No. 1 in every age group as a junior (12s, 14s, 16s, 18s). She was the first player to receive a dual No. 1 ranking in 14s and 16s (1983).

At the age of 13 years and one month in 1982, Rehe was the youngest player to compete in a WTA Tour event. In 1983, she became the youngest player to be ranked on the WTA computer, coming on at 13 years and two months in January, two months younger than Steffi Graf. She won her first tournament in 1985. In 1986, she received the WTA Most Impressive Newcomer Award and was voted Tennis Magazine Rookie of the Year.

She reached a career high rank of World No.10 on March 13, 1989. However, she would have to leave the tour that year due to a back injury which required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. She would return to the tour in 1990 and was the recipient of 1991 WTA Comeback Player of the Year Award. She would retire permanently in 1993.

She won five singles titles and two doubles titles during her career. She had career wins over Pam Shriver, Gabriela Sabatini, Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, Zina Garrison, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Jo Durie. Her best performances in Grand Slam events included the 4th round at the U.S. Open in 1986 and 1989 and the 4th round at the French Open in 1987.

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