Andrea Jaeger: Tennis Star Turned Nun

July 5, 2008
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Meet Andrea Jaeger, 1980s tennis star who is now a nun. She has recently made some controversial revelations about her tennis career. Read her biography, see photos of her then and now and a video below.

Andrea Jaeger has revealed that she intentionally lost the 1983 Wimbledon final to Martina Navratilova. She says that she had an argument with her father the afternoon before the match. She ran next door to the apartment that Navratilova was renting so she could call a taxi. When she finally got someone to answer the door, it was Navratilova’s trainer. Jaeger says that Navratilova never acknowledged her while she was in the apartment even though she was sitting in the room. Jaeger says that she felt she had interrupted the older tennis star’s routine and therefore felt she had to make it right.

Martina missed her chance to help her neighbour who was suffering in order to fulfil her desire, so I had to make it right. I gave up my desire to give someone their help.

She also noted that she saw her father’s reaction in the stands as she was getting defeated, which frankly, I think since she was angry with her father at the time might have been more to the point of her desire to lose.

Andrea was a child prodigy in the 1970s and 1980s until her tennis career ended prematurely due to a shoulder injury when she was just 19 years old. After that she dedicated her life to philanthropy and became an Anglican Dominican nun in 2006.

Andrea Jaeger was born on June 4, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois. She is 43 years old. She started her tennis career while she attended Stevenson High School in suburban Chicago.

Her tennis career was spectacular in several aspects especially considering that her career was so brief. She was world ranked number 2 while she was playing. In 1980, at just 15-years-old, she was the youngest player to be seeded at Wimbledon. She held that record for 10 years. She was the youngest player to reach the quarterfinalist in the history of Wimbledon and was the youngest semifinalist in the history of the U.S. Open. She was elected rookie of the year that same year.

Between turning pro in 1979 and her retirement in 1987, she won 12 titles and had career stats of 260–85.

Following her retirement from tennis she has been based out of Colorado and has dedicated her life to helping children with terminal illnesses. She founded the Silver Lining Foundation, which provides activities and assistance for children with cancer. She has also founded the Little Star Foundation that serves approximately 4,000 children annually who are suffering from terminal illnesses. In 2006, she became an Anglican Dominican nun and continues her dedication and service to children.

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