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Fernandez Named New York Empire Coach 

The New York Empire have named Olympic Gold Medalist and doubles specialist Gigi Fernandez their coach for the 2017 season.

Fernandez becomes the only female coach in WTT and will immediately focus her attention on the March 14th WTT Roster Draft, where the New York Empire hold the first overall pick. 

“This is going to be a fantastic summer for the New York Empire with a really strong team that already includes John [Isner], Genie [Bouchard] and Mardy [Fish],” said Fernandez. “We’ll finalize the remainder of the roster very soon and then it’s time to start thinking about match strategy. I really can’t wait to work with these amazing athletes.”

Fernandez, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, became the country’s first female professional athlete when she turned pro in 1983. During her outstanding professional career, she won an incredible 71 titles on the WTA tour, including two singles, 52 doubles and 17 Grand Slam doubles titles, as well as two Olympic Gold Medals. Recently, Fernandez was named Puerto Rican Athlete of the Century and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010. She is widely recognized as one of the greatest doubles players of all-time.

In addition to preparing for her first season with the New York Empire, Fernandez spends the majority of her time advocating for and teaching her doubles technique, known as The Gigi Method to doubles enthusiasts throughout the country. She is also an active instructional and motivational speaker, sharing not only her knowledge of tennis but also her inspirational story.

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