Pam Whytcross

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Pam Whytcross
Country (sports)  Australia
Born (1953-11-25) 25 November 1953 (age 64)
Turned pro 1977
Retired 1986
Prize money US$ 126,973
Career record 6–31
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 150 (7 January 1985)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (1977 Jan)
French Open 3R (1977)
Wimbledon 3R (1978)
US Open 2R (1977)
Career record 23–40
Career titles 3
Highest ranking No. 141 (15 March 1987)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (1978)
French Open QF (1977, 1978, 1980)
Wimbledon 3R(1977, 1980)
US Open 3R (1976, 1977, 1978)

Pam Whytcross (born 25 November 1953) is a former professional tennis player from Australia. In a nine-year professional career beginning in 1977, Whytcross won 3 doubles titles and was a losing finalist with Naoko Satō at the 1978 Australian Open. In singles Whytcross' best Grand Slam results were at Melbourne and Roland Garros in 1977, where she reached the quarter finals. Whytcross reached a career-high singles ranking of 150 and number 141 in doubles.


Although Pam Whytcross did not turn professional until 1977, she began competing in tournaments in 1973 and played in her first doubles final in Sydney in January 1974. Her best achievement was reaching the final of the Australian Open in 1978 with her Japanese partner Naoko Satō, but they ultimately lost out to Betsy Nagelsen and Renáta Tomanová. In singles competition at the Grand Slams she reached the third round of the French Open in 1977 and at Wimbledon in 1978 Wimbledon Championships.

Whytcross won her first doubles title at the Head Cup in Kitzbühel, Austria in July 1983. Successive titles followed in October at two tournaments in Tokyo: the Japan Open and the Borden Classic. She competed in one more doubles final in Mahwah, New Jersey in 1978 but she lost with partner Barbara Potter.

She retired in 1986 at the age of 33.

Post-tennis career[edit]

In 1998, Whytcross became involved with mentoring rising Australian player Jelena Dokić, as part of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) mentoring scheme.[1] She held the responsibility for two years before she was appointed the tennis competition manager at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Following the conclusion of the games she took up a new role as a WTA Tour supervisor.[1]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Women's Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1978 Australian Open Hard Japan Naoko Satō United States Betsy Nagelsen
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
5–7, 2–6

WTA finals[edit]

Doubles (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Location Surface Partner Opponents in final Score in final
Runner-up 1. 1 January 1974 New South Wales Open Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Janet Fallis United States Ann Kiyomura
Japan Sawuko Kawamatso
3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 2. 28 August 1978 Bergen County Classic Mahwah, NJ, USA Hard United States Barbara Potter South Africa Ilana Kloss
South Africa Marise Kruger
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 3. 25 December 1978 Australian Open Melbourne, Australia Hard Japan Naoko Satō United States Betsy Nagelsen
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
5–7, 2–6
Winner 1. 18 July 1983 Head Cup Kitzbühel, Austria Clay New Zealand Chris Newton France Nathalie Herreman
France Pascale Paradis
2–6, 6–4, 7–6
Winner 2. 10 October 1983 Borden Classic Tokyo, Japan Hard New Zealand Chris O'Neil Australia Brenda Remilton-Ward
Japan Naoko Satō
5–7, 7–6, 6–3
Winner 3. 17 October 1983 Japan Open Tokyo, Japan Hard New Zealand Chris O'Neil United States Helena Manset
United States Micki Schillig
6–3, 7–5


  1. ^ a b McDonald, Margie (27 January 2009). "Jelena Dokić is happy and relieved according to former tour player Pam Whytcross". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 

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