Carrie Meyer Richardson

Marymount College

2010

A native of Indianapolis, Carrie Meyer Richardson (b. 1955) scored an upset victory at age 16 at the Indiana State Women’s Championships, just four years after she started tennis lessons. Developing her game with great support from the Indianapolis tennis community, Meyer took home three national titles in USTA junior competition. At the recommendation of women’s tour pioneer Peachy Kellmeyer, Meyer went on to play tennis at Marymount College in Florida. In a thrilling three-set match, she won the national collegiate singles title as a freshman in 1974.
The day after her collegiate win, Meyer boarded a plane for England to play at Wimbledon, her first tournament as a pro, reaching the quarterfinals in mixed doubles. Playing for eight seasons in the formative years of the women’s pro circuit, she attained a career high world ranking of No. 14. Meyer then completed her bachelor’s degree at Purdue University while coaching the women’s tennis team. Inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005, Meyer now lives outside Seattle with her husband Patrick and son Michael.

Career Highlights
    Indiana State Women’s Singles Champion 1971
    Girls 18 National Indoor Singles Finalist; Doubles Champion (with Claudia Smith) 1972
    Girls 18 National Hard Court Singles Champion; Doubles Champion (with Bee Kilgore) 1973
    Girls 18 National Doubles Finalist (with Bee Kilgore (1973)
    Maureen Connolly Brinker Junior Girls Invitational Tournament Champion 1973
    Member, U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team 1973
    Member, Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy Team 1974–76
    Played No. 1 for Marymount Women’s Tennis Team 1973–74; undefeated in match play
    Florida Collegiate Singles and Doubles Champion 1974
    USTA Collegiate Singles Champion 1974
    Played on professional tennis circuit 1974–82; Career High World Singles Ranking No. 14 1976
    Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Quarterfinalist (with Rayno Seegers) 1974
    Guildford Surrey (England) Hardcourt Singles Champion 1974
    U.S. National Clay Court Singles and Doubles Semifinalist 1974
    Virginia Slims of Denver Finalist 1975
    Member, Indiana Loves, World Team Tennis 1975–76
    Ranked No. 18 by USTA in Mother/Daughter Competition (with Dottie Meyer) 1977
    Scottish Open Singles Champion 1977
    Women’s Tennis Coach, Purdue University 1982–84; B.A., Purdue University 1984
    Head Coach, U.S. Junior Federation Cup Team 1985
    U.S. Team Captain, World Youth Cup, Kobe, Japan 1985
    U.S. Team Coach, Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup, White Plains, N.Y. 1987
    U.S. Team Captain, Maureen Connolly Trophy, London, England 1987
    M.B.A./J.D. National University, San Diego, California 1995
    Co-owner (with husband Patrick) West End Leasing, Stanwood, Washington 1996–present
    Inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2005
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