Born: Feb. 18, 1976 in Lafayette, Louisiana
Tennis professional and Olympian, Chanda Rubin attended the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, Louisiana. She began learning the game of tennis when she was only five years old, and at 11 won the Age 12 and Under National Championship in 1988. The following year she won the Age 14 and Under category. At 14 Rubin was chosen for the national team by the United States Tennis Association, the youngest player ever to be selected.
She would also become the only player without a National Championship win to be granted a U.S. Open wild card draw. A year later, at age 15, Rubin won the Wimbledon Girls’ Singles Championship and turned pro. In 1995, Rubin was selected Athlete of the Year by the American Tennis Association, Female Athlete of the Year by the USTA and honored with her own day when Lafayette, Louisiana name September 12, 1995, “Chanda Rubin Day.”
She reached her highest ranking of No. 6 on April 8, 1996, after reaching the semifinals at the 1996 Australian Open. In the doubles competition she would go on to win her only Grand Slam title with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, defeating Lindsey Davenport and Mary Joe Fernandez in the finals.
Multiple injuries slowed her career, but after a second knee surgery in 2002, Rubin came back with her strongest showing to date at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open defeated top players Lindsay Davenport, Jelena Dokic, and Serena Williams. Rubin represented the United States in the 2004 Olympic games, reaching the third round.
She is a three-time Grand Slam singles quarterfinalist, having reached that stage at the French Open in 1995, 2000, and 2003. Her career earnings reached 4.5 million dollars and included 7 WTA singles titles, 2 ITF titles.
Known as a caring athlete, Rubin is involved in a number of charities including her own Chanda Rubin Tennis Foundation which raises money for tennis programs in several Louisiana schools.