American tennis player, collegiate coach, & tennis instructor
1949 – Judy Dixon was born in New Jersey.
1967 – Won the national junior indoor tennis championship, ranked in top 20.
1969-1973 – Judy played on the professional tour, playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at the U.S. Open, and singles at Wimbledon. At 17, Judy was invited to be then #1 Billie Jean King’s doubles partner on the Virginia Slims Tour. They played two tournaments together, including the U.S. Indoor Nationals, the original name for the U.S. Open.
1973 – Graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in psychology. Played tennis for USC.
1974 – Joined Yale University as athletics coordinator & women’s tennis coach.
1975 – Facing unfair conditions for women coaches, administrators, and players, Judy filed a complaint with the university. After no actions were taken, Judy was the first person to file a discrimination lawsuit under Title IX. Her position was downgraded as the suit proceeded, and she resigned in 1977.
1975 – Judy was the first woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award in Sports Broadcasting for her color commentary on the Spalding International Mixed Doubles Championship.
1981 – Yale settled the Title IX discrimination filed by Judy Dixon, agreeing to provide full-time coaches for women athletes and upgrading budgets and salaries for women’s athletics.
1980s-90s – Judy offered sports commentary for NBC, PBS, and was a guest commentator on ABC’s “Eye on Sport.” She was also a contributing writer for Sportswoman Magazine. In addition, Judy became the first woman to offer commentary for a professional sports team when she provided Team Tennis commentary.
1992-2017 – Joined University of Massachusetts Amherst as the Head Tennis Coach. She coached the women’s and men’s tennis teams until the University ended the men’s program in 2001. Following that she continued to coach the University of Massachusetts’ women’s tennis team until her retirement in 2017. Her record makes her the most winning coach in all of UMass’ history.
1996 – Judy founded the Women’s Tennis Camp, a summer weekend of tennis instruction for women taught by women coaches, held at the UMass tennis courts.
2006 – Judy was honored by The Yale Club of New York City to commemorate the history of women’s tennis at the school.
2008 – Inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in recognition of all that she has given to the sport.
2011 – Awarded the A-10 Coach of the Year Award for the fourth time.
2012-2017 – Under Judy Dixon’s coaching, the UMASS tennis team makes it to the Atlantic 10 Championships three times. In Judy’s final season as coach in 2017, against the odds and in dramatic fashion, the team wins the A-10!
2017-present – Following her retirement from UMASS, Judy became involved with the summer tennis program Moving On Up for youth in Springfield. She has led instruction, developed programming, and is on the board.
2017 – At the Super Senior World Individual Championships in Floria, Judy reaches the quarter-finals in singles, and she and her partner Molly Hahn reach the finals in doubles, losing to the Australian team.
2018 – At the USTA National Women’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Judy reaches the semi-finals in singles and losses in a 3-set match in the doubles final with her partner Victory McEvoy.
September, 2018 – Judy was part of the 4-person USA team that went to Croatia for the ITF World Super Senior Championships. She and her doubles partner Vicky McEvoy, along with singles players Tina Karwarsky and Wendy McColskey faced Canada, Britain, and finally Australia to win the Kitty Godfree Cup.