CARRIE MEYER RICHARDSON


A native of Indianapolis, Carrie Meyer Richardson (b. 1955) scored an upset victory at age 16 at the Indiana State Women’s Championships, just four years after she started tennis lessons. Developing her game with great support from the Indianapolis tennis community, Meyer took home three national titles in USTA junior competition. At the recommendation of women’s tour pioneer Peachy Kellmeyer, Meyer went on to play tennis at Marymount College in Florida. In a thrilling three-set match, she won the national collegiate singles title as a freshman in 1974.

The day after her collegiate win, Meyer boarded a plane for England to play at Wimbledon, her first tournament as a pro, reaching the quarterfinals in mixed doubles. Playing for eight seasons in the formative years of the women’s pro circuit, she attained a career high world ranking of No. 14. Meyer then completed her bachelor’s degree at Purdue University while coaching the women’s tennis team. Inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005, Meyer now lives outside Seattle with her husband Patrick and son Michael.

Career Highlights

  • Indiana State Women’s Singles Champion 1971
  • Girls 18 National Indoor Singles Finalist; Doubles Champion (with Claudia Smith) 1972
  • Girls 18 National Hard Court Singles Champion; Doubles Champion (with Bee Kilgore) 1973
  • Girls 18 National Doubles Finalist (with Bee Kilgore (1973)
  • Maureen Connolly Brinker Junior Girls Invitational Tournament Champion 1973
  • Member, U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team 1973
  • Member, Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy Team 1974–76
  • Played No. 1 for Marymount Women’s Tennis Team 1973–74; undefeated in match play
  • Florida Collegiate Singles and Doubles Champion 1974
  • USTA Collegiate Singles Champion 1974
  • Played on professional tennis circuit 1974–82; Career High World Singles Ranking No. 14 1976
  • Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Quarterfinalist (with Rayno Seegers) 1974
  • Guildford Surrey (England) Hardcourt Singles Champion 1974
  • U.S. National Clay Court Singles and Doubles Semifinalist 1974
  • Virginia Slims of Denver Finalist 1975
  • Member, Indiana Loves, World Team Tennis 1975–76
  • Ranked No. 18 by USTA in Mother/Daughter Competition (with Dottie Meyer) 1977
  • Scottish Open Singles Champion 1977
  • Women’s Tennis Coach, Purdue University 1982–84; B.A., Purdue University 1984
  • Head Coach, U.S. Junior Federation Cup Team 1985
  • U.S. Team Captain, World Youth Cup, Kobe, Japan 1985
  • U.S. Team Coach, Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup, White Plains, N.Y. 1987
  • U.S. Team Captain, Maureen Connolly Trophy, London, England 1987
  • M.B.A./J.D. National University, San Diego, California 1995
  • Co-owner (with husband Patrick) West End Leasing, Stanwood, Washington 1996–present
  • Inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2005