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Julie M. Heldman

Stanford University


Described as both vivacious and pugnacious, Julie Heldman (b.1945) dueled her way to 22 professional titles and helped pioneer the women’s pro circuit. The daughter of junior champion Julius Heldman and World Tennis publisher Gladys Heldman, she grew up with tennis and won her first national title – the Canadian 18 and under singles – at age 12. While a student at Stanford in 1964 she reached the national collegiate singles and doubles finals.

Heldman enjoyed particular success in international team competition. She played on two championship Fed Cup teams and captured Most Valuable Player honors in Wightman and Bonne Bell Cup play, the latter secured with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Evonne Goolagong in 1974.

Equally talented outside of tennis, Heldman worked as a television commentator and journalist, and was named Law Graduate of the Year at UCLA in 1981. Julie and her husband are now running their own successful business.

Career Highlights
    Ranked in the USTA Top 10 1963-1965, 1968-1969 (No.2), 1971-1975; ranked in the World Top 10 1969-1970, 1973-1974
    Canadian National 18 & Under Singles Champion 1958 (age 12)
    U.S. Champion Girls’ 15 Singles 1960; Girls’ 18 Singles 1963
    U.S. Collegiate Singles, Doubles Finalist 1964
    Italian Singles Champion 1969; Finalist 1970
    Canadian Singles Champion 1965; Doubles Champion 1974
    U.S. Clay Court Doubles Champion 1974
    Virginia Slims Professional Tour 1971-1975 (one of original 9 players)
    U.S. Wightman Cup Team Member 1969-1971, 1974; Most Valuable Player 1969; Team Captain 1974-1975
    U.S. Federation Cup Team Member 1966, 1969 (championship teams), 1970, 1974-1975, Team Captain 1975
    U.S. Bonne Bell Cup Team Member 1973-1974; Most Valuable Player, Team Captain 1974
    3 Olympic Medals – Gold, Silver and Bronze in Mexico City 1968 (demonstration sport)
    3 Gold Medals, Maccabiah Games, Israel 1969
    Television commentator with CBS, NBC, HBO at U.S. OPEN, Wimbledon 1973-1978
    B.A.’66 Stanford University; J.D.’81 UCLA Law School; Law Review editor; Law School Graduate of the Year; UCLA Graduate Woman of the Year
    Winner of USTA Service Bowl 1975
    Inducted into the Stanford University Athletic Hall of Fame 1978
    Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 1989
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