Shannan McCarthy still holds the Bulldog record with 150 career singles wins.
May 2, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia seven-time All-American Shannan McCarthy Gaudette was inducted into the state of Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame Wednesday at a banquet sponsored by the Georgia Tennis Foundation at the Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta.
Following a remarkable junior career, McCarthy arrived at UGA at played No. 1 singles for coach Jeff Wallace from 1989-92. Her noteworthy Bulldog accomplishments include the following:
*A 7-time All-American, a women's tennis school record that stood until 2012
*1989 National Player to Watch, 1989 National Rookie of the Year, 1992 National Senior of the Year, four-time first team All-SEC, three-time Academic All-SEC
*Advanced to at least the semifinals in every grand slam event during career and won 36 matches in these tournaments
*Finalists at 1990 National Clay Courts; 1991 National Indoors, 1992 NCAAs; 1989 Riviera All-American Doubles;
*Ranks as All-Time Georgia Leader in Career Singles Victories (150) and 6th in Combined Careers Wins (217)
*Career Record: 150-34 Singles; 67-16 Doubles
*Tied Georgia record for Single Season Wins going 46-15 as a freshman in 1989
*Owns Georgia record for Single Season Highest Winning Percentage at .946, going 35-2 in 1989 including 28-0 at No. 1
*Teams she was a part of finished ranked 4th/6th/4th/5th with a combined record of 94-19, winning two SEC Titles
She went on to enjoy a six-year career on the Women’s Tennis Association professional tour and played annually in all four Grand Slam events. She reached a career-high world ranking of No. 62 in doubles and No. 153 in singles.
McCarthy met her husband, Mike Gaudette, a physical therapist, in 1997 while rehabilitating a shoulder injury. They were married in 1998. They now have a 10-year-old girl, Karson, and 9-year-old triplets, Brendan, Caden and Haley. Currently, she enjoys coaching USTA and ALTA junior teams including some that her children play on.
“Tennis has been amazing to me, a wonderful journey,” McCarthy said at the banquet. “It’s been a blessing for a long time with playing and now teaching it. I hope to give back to the sport as much as I got out of it.”
“It was a fantastic night, a well-deserved and huge honor for Shannan,” said Wallace. “The video presentation for Shannan was excellent and her acceptance speech was even better. We’re very proud of her accomplishments.”
Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame members are selected based upon outstanding playing record, coaching achievements, volunteer service to the game, and/or exceptional noteworthy accomplishments to the game of tennis. The purpose of the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame is to honor those persons, who by excellence of their activities and/or their records of outstanding competitive achievements, have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to tennis in Georgia.
McCarthy is the latest Bulldog tabbed for the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame. The former Bulldogs enshrined include: Malon Courts (1983), Lt. Governor Pierre Howard (1994), Lisa Spain Short (1995), Al Parker (2003), Allen Miller (2004), Jaime Kaplan (2006), Mikael Pernfors (2008), Danny Birchmore (2011), Gordon Smith (2012) plus current coaches Jeff Wallace (2010), Manuel Diaz (2000) and former coach Dan Magill (1984).