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Mary Joe Fernández
Born/Date of Birth: August 19, 1971
Place of Birth: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Country (sports): United States
Spouse: Anthony Lewisohn Godsick (m. 2000)
Residence: Miami, Florida, United States
Children: Isabella Maria, Nicholas Cooper
Nationality: American
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro: 1986
Retired: 2000
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money: $5,258,471

Mary Joe Fernández Godsick (born María José Fernández; August 19, 1971) is an American former professional tennis player. She reached a career-high ranking of world No. 4 in both singles and doubles. In singles, Fernández was the runner-up in three Grand Slam tournaments and won a bronze medal at 1992 Summer Olympics. In doubles, she won two Grand Slam women's doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals.

Career
Mary Joe Fernández first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won four straight Orange Bowl junior titles. In 1985, aged 14 years and eight days, she became the youngest player to win a main draw match at the US Open when she defeated Sara Gomer in the first round. She turned professional in 1986. She won her first tour doubles title in 1989 at Dallas, partnering Betsy Nagelsen. Her first top-level singles title came in 1990 at the Tokyo Indoor championships. She reached her first Grand Slam singles final in 1990 at the Australian Open, where she was defeated by Steffi Graf. She finished 1990 ranked a career-high world No. 4 in singles.

In 1991, Fernández teamed with Patty Fendick to win the women's doubles title at the Australian Open. She was back in the Australian Open singles final in 1992, this time losing to Monica Seles. Fernández was selected to represent the United States at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, winning a gold medal in women's doubles (with Gigi Fernández) and a bronze medal in singles.

In the quarterfinals of the 1993 French Open, she staged a dramatic comeback against Gabriela Sabatini after Sabatini took a 6–1, 5–1 lead. But Fernández raised the level of her game and saved five match points in the second set before winning a tiebreak. In the third set, Mary Joe finally got rid of Sabatini by hitting a down the line winner, ending the three-hour, 36-minute marathon by a final score of 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 10–8. She then faced second seeded Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in the semifinals and defeated Arantxa 6–2, 6–2, ending a three-match losing streak against the Spaniard. Her opponent in the final was top seeded Steffi Graf; in their nine previous meetings, Mary Joe had lost each time against Steffi. Fernández took the opening set 6–4, but Graf rallied to win by a final score of 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.

Fernández won her second Grand Slam doubles title in 1996 at the French Open, partnering with Lindsay Davenport. The pair went on to capture the year-end WTA Tour Championships doubles title later that year.

Fernández was a late replacement for Chanda Rubin on the United States team for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. She won a second straight women's doubles gold medal, again in partnership with Gigi Fernández. She was also entered in the singles competition (owing to a withdrawal), and reached the semifinals, where she was defeated for the bronze medal by Jana Novotná. Later that year, Fernández was a member of the U.S. team that won the Fed Cup. Fernández won her final tour singles title in 1997 at the German Open in Berlin. Her final doubles title also came that year in Madrid. She retired from the tour in 2000, having won seven singles titles, 17 WTA doubles titles, and two ITF women's doubles titles.

In 2003, Dr. Wade Exum, the United States Olympic Committee's director of drug control administration from 1991 to 2000, gave copies of documents to Sports Illustrated which revealed that some 100 American athletes who failed drug tests and should have been prevented from competing in the Olympics were nevertheless cleared to compete. Among those athletes was Fernández.

Since retiring from the tour, Mary Joe Fernández has served as a tennis commentator for ESPN and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for the 2005 US Open. She also coached the US Fed Cup team from 2008 through 2016 and served as the woman's coach for the 2012 U.S. Olympic tennis team in London.

Personal life
Fernández was born in the Dominican Republic; her parents were immigrants to the country. Her father José is from Asturias, Spain, and her mother Silvia Pino is from Cuba.

On April 8, 2000, Fernández married Anthony Lewisohn (Tony) Godsick, a sports agent with International Management Group. They have two children. She has homes in Cleveland, Ohio, and Key Biscayne, Florida. Her husband is the current agent of Roger Federer.

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