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Mary Pierce

Mary Pierce (born on January 15, 1975, in Montreal, Canada) is a professional tennis player. She has appeared in six Grand Slam singles finals during her career — winning two of them — and also claimed two Grand Slam doubles titles. With her tall, lanky frame, Pierce has also had a secondary occupation as an occasional fashion model.
Pierce was born in Montreal while her French mother and American father were on a trip to the city. She was raised in the United States and lives in Bradenton, Florida. Thus, she has had or has been eligible for United States, Canadian, and French citizenship, and she has represented France in international tennis competitions many times. She speaks English and French fluently.
Pierce was introduced to tennis at the age of 10 by her father Jim Pierce. Just two years later, she won the US national 12-and-under junior title. In 1989, she became the youngest American player to make her debut on the professional tour, aged 14 years and 2 months. (This record was broken the following year by Jennifer Capriati.) She quickly gained a reputation for being one of the all-time hardest hitters on the women's circuit.
During her first few years on the tour, Pierce was better known for the behavior of her father, more so than her performances on court. Jim Pierce, who also coached Mary, often shouted abuse at her opponents during matches. On one occasion when he was sitting in the stands, he notoriously screamed, "Mary, kill the bitch!" He was also reportedly often verbally and physically abusive to Mary during practice sessions and after defeats. Jim Pierce was ejected from the French Open in 1993 after he punched a spectator, following which he was banned from all Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour events until 1998. The incident also prompted the WTA to pass a new rule (commonly referred to as the "Jim Pierce Rule") which prohibits abusive conduct on the part of players, coaches, and relatives. Mary dropped her father as her coach in 1993 and took out a restraining order against him. A few weeks later, he got into a fight with her bodyguard at a hotel where she was staying. He then sued her claiming that he had been promised 25% of her earnings as a tennis player, and she paid him US$500,000 to drop the suit and to leave her alone. She withdrew from the Wimbledon tournament in 1994 after a British tabloid newspaper threatened to smuggle her father into the grounds.
Pierce was engaged for a period to former Major League Baseball player Roberto Alomar. In 2006, Pierce announced her engagement to an Air France pilot.
Following her split from her father in 1993, Pierce was coached by Nick Bollettieri, whose tennis academy she had briefly attended as a teenager in 1988. Her brother David is currently her regular coach. She has also recently become somewhat reconciled with father Jim, and occasionally does practice sessions with him.

Grand Slam singles finals

Year Championship Position Opponent Score
1995 Australian Open Champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-3, 6-2
2000 French Open Champion Conchita Martínez 6-2, 7-5
1994 French Open Runner-Up Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-4, 6-4
1997 Australian Open Runner-Up Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-2
2005 French Open Runner-Up Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-1, 6-1
2005 U.S. Open Runner-Up Kim Clijsters 6-3, 6-1

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