Born: June 8, 1976
Where: Palos Verdes, California
Professional tennis player, Lindsay Ann Davenport, has won three Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal in women’s singles tennis. According to Tennis Magazine, Davenport is one of the best female players of the modern era – in 2005 she ranked as the 29th best player of the previous 40 years. Her game is built on consistency and power, featuring a strong serve, solid ground strokes and an excellent, two-handed backhand.
One of only four women who have held the number one ranking at least four times since 1975, Davenport finished 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005 with this prestigious title. The other players to achieve this feat were Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.
Lindsay Davenport is the daughter of Wink and Ann Davenport. Not surprisingly, her father was also an athlete who participated in the 1968 Summer Olympics as a member of the U. S. volleyball team. Growing up, Lindsay attended schools in Palos Verdes Peninsula and Murrieta – both in California. In 2003, Davenport married former USC All-American tennis player-turned investment banker, Jon Leach. Jon is the brother of Rick Leach, another professional tennis player.
Late in 2006, Davenport took a breather from competitive tennis to have a baby boy - Jagger Jonathan - born on June 10, 2007 in Newport Beach, California. Intending to play in the 2009 Australian Open, Lindsay withdrew when she learned of another pregnancy. She gave birth to a baby girl, Lauren Andrus, on June 27, 2009 – also in Newport Beach.
Returning to competition in 2010, Lindsay Davenport and Bob Bryan received a wild-card slot to play mixed doubles at Wimbledon. They made it to the second round where they were defeated by Daniel Nestor and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Also in 2010, Davenport played women’s doubles with partner Liezel Huber at the Bank of the West Classic, where they won the title, and at the Mercury Insurance Open, where they were defeated in the quarterfinals by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi.
Currently, Lindsay Davenport resides with her family in Irvine California and also owns a home in Laguna Beach, California. She works as a Grand Slam commentator for the Tennis Channel and has been involved in a variety of exhibitions. At the recent 2011 French Open, she and partner Martina Hingis won the Women’s Legends Doubles Title.