Tory Ann Fretz (b.1942), whose playing history bridges the amateur and professional eras, inaugurated her outstanding career by capturing the singles and doubles titles at the fourth intercollegiate championships for women in 1961. Fretz learned tennis at the William Penn Public Courts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – becoming the top-ranked junior in the USTA’s Middle States section. Moving to Southern California to attend Occidental College, Tretz developed her strong volleying game under the guidance of tennis great Alice Marble.

In 1963, the year she earned her first USTA Top 10 ranking, Fretz began touring on the Caribbean and European circuits, reaching the third round at Wimbledon. An excellent doubles player, she was ranked No.2 with Julie Heldman in 1965 and won the Ojai Invitational with Billie Jean King the following year. As a pioneering professional Fretz joined King as a teammate on the Philadelphia Freedoms in 1974. Fretz went on to a successful career as a tennis instructor in her adopted state of California.

Career Highlights

  • Ranked in the USTA Top 10 1963-1966; No. 2 in Doubles 1965-1966
  • Pennsylvaia State Clay Court Singles Champion 1959
  • National Junior Indoor Singles Finalist 1959
  • Ranked No.1 Junior in USTA/Middle States Section 1959
  • U.S. Collegiate Singles and Doubles Champion 1961
  • Western Singles and Doubles Champion 1962
  • U.S. Junior Wightman Cup Team Member 1963
  • U.S. Hard Court Singles Finalist 1963
  • USTA/Middle States Singles Champion 1963 (winner of Germaine Monteil Cup); ranked No.1 in section
  • USTA/Southern California Finalist 1963
  • U.S. Doubles Semifinalist 1965
  • Ojai Valley Open Doubles Champion (with Billie Jean King) 1966
  • Pacific Southwest Tournament Singles Finalist 1965
  • Dixie International Singles Champion 1965
  • USTA/New England Indoor Singles Champion 1966
  • USTA/Southern California Champion 1967
  • U.S. OPEN Mixed Doubles Finalist 1968
  • Team Member, Philadelphia Freedoms, World Team Tennis 1974 (39-5 team record)
  • Virginia Slims Circuit 1976
  • Tennis Professional, The Tennis Place, Los Angeles, CA 1975-1998; named Honorary Head Pro 1994
  • Tennis Coordinatork, Shadow Mountain Resort Club, Palm Desert, CA 1998 – present