Carly Gullickson: Junior Spotlight of the Week

July 8, 2003 10:58 AM
Birthdate: Nov. 26, 1986
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Residence: Brentwood, TN
Height: 5’ 8”
Weight: 138 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Carly Gullickson
Sixteen-year-old Carly Gullickson of Brentwood, TN, made her Grand Slam debut last week at Wimbledon, winning three matches in the women’s qualifying tournament before losing in the first round of the main draw.

Gullickson, the daughter of former major league baseball pitching star Bill Gullickson, easily won her first-round qualifying match against Russia’s Galina Voskoboeva, 6-3, 6-4. She had a tougher test in the second round, needing three sets to defeat Aussie Christina Wheeler, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, but then breezed in the third round, eliminating fellow American Bethanie Mattek, 6-2, 6-4, to move into the women’s main draw. In her first-round, main-draw match, Gullickson took on world No. 41 Iroda Tulyaganova on famed Center Court but lost to the 21-year-old native of Uzbekistan, 7-5, 6-4.

This week, Gullickson is competing in the Wimbledon girls' junior championships as the No. 2 seed and will try to improve upon the round-of-16 showing she posted at the tournament last year. She easily won her first two matches against Georgie Stoop of Great Britain, 6-2, 6-3, and Moe Kawatoko of Japan, 6-1, 6-2, and is scheduled to take on Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia in the third round Thursday.

– 46 (ITF), 2* (USTA 18s)
2001 – 66 (ITF), 4* (USTA 18s)
2000 – 252 (ITF), 19* (USTA 18s)
* highest ranking achieved during the year


  • At the age of 16, made her Grand Slam debut, as a qualifier, at Wimbledon, losing to No. 41-ranked Iroda Tulyaganova, 7-5, 6-4, on Center Court before a nationally televised ESPN audience.
  • Reached the second round of Miami before losing to Chanda Rubin, 6-2, 7-5.
  • Playing in the first WTA main-draw event of her career, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Kroger St. Jude in Memphis, before falling to defending champion and eventual winner Lisa Raymond, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4… Won her first WTA main-draw match against Lindsay Lee-Waters, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, in the first round and defeated Maria Goloviznina, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, in the second.



  • Reached the quarterfinals of the Orange Bowl International Junior Championships.
  • Was a quarterfinalist at the Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby.
  • Advanced to the singles round of 16 at both the Wimbledon and US Open junior championships.
  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Jamea Jackson) at the girls’ 18 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Won the doubles title (with Jackson) and reached the singles quarterfinals of the LTA International Junior Tennis Championships in Roehampton, England.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Jackson) at the 38th Astrid Bowl, Belgian International Junior Championships.
  • Teamed with Jackson to reach the quarterfinals of the 43rd Italian Junior Open Trofeo Bonfiglio Campionati.
  • Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the Interscholastic Championships East.
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Shadisha Robinson) at the girls’ 18 Easter Bowl, a USTA Super National Spring Championships.


  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the 15th Yucatan Cup in Mexico.
  • Reached the round of 16 at the Chanda Rubin North/Central American & Caribbean Closed Championships, where she lost to Shadisha Robinson.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the Kentucky International Junior Tennis Derby.
  • In her junior Grand Slam debut, defeated Ljubica Avramovic, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round of the US Open Junior Championships… Lost in the second round to eventual champion Marion Bartoli of France.
  • Was given a wild card into the US Open qualifying tournament by the USTA but lost in the first round to eventual qualifier Evelyn Fauth, 6-2, 6-1.
  • Won the USTA International Grass Court Championships, claiming her second national title and first ITF World Junior Ranking event of the summer, defeated Jackie Carleton in the final, 6-2, 6-3.
  • In her first main draw match at a pro event, upset Lindsay Lee-Waters in the first round of the USTA $25,000 Challenger at Stone Mountain Ga… Lost in second round to Marie Eve-Pelletier, 6-1, 6-2.
  • Won the singles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s Super National Clay Court Championships, defeating Tory Zawacki in the final, 6-4, 6-2…. Won the title at the age of 14 years, 7 months, 26 days, becoming the youngest champion since 12-year-old Jennifer Capriati won in 1988.
  • Won the Florida Open girls’ 18 singles title, defeating Megan Bradley, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the final.
  • Won the K-Swiss girls’ 18 singles title, defeating Julie Smekodub, 7-5, 6-3, in the final.
  • Won the Copper Bowl girls’ 18 singles title, defeating Kendra Strohm, 6-4, 6-2, in the final.


  • Reached the second round of the Van Der Meer International Junior Championships, losing to Yuaheniya Subbotsina, 6-4, 6-3…. Finished the year 4-3 in ITF World Ranking events.
  • Reached the third round of the Regional ITF Junior Championships in Baton Rouge, La., losing to Maria Jose Lopez-Herrera of Mexico, 7-5, 7-6 (6).
  • In her first appearance in an ITF World Junior Ranking event, reached the third round of the Nokia Sugar Bowl, losing to Tatiana Perebiynis, 6-0, 6-3.
  • At the age of 14, represented the United States in the World Youth Cup, the junior equivalent to Fed Cup for players 16-years-old and younger.


  • Father, Bill, pitched in the major leagues for 13 years and led the American League in wins with 20 (20-1 for the season) for the Detroit Tigers in 1991. Mother, Sandy played tennis at Western Kentucky University. Has five siblings, whose names all begin with the letter C: Cassie (the only one older than Carly), Craig, Chelsey, Callie and Chloe. The family lived in Japan while Bill player pro baseball overseas.
  • Was introduced to tennis by her mother at age 8.
  • Is an all-court player.
  • Favorite playing surface is clay.
  • Coached by Bill Tym, former Director of Tennis at Vanderbilt University.
  • Is sponsored by Wilson (racquet) and adidas (clothing and shoes).
  • Favorite tennis player is Jennifer Capriati.
  • In her spare time, enjoys music and spending time with friends.
  • Favorite actor is Denzel Washington.
  • Says her tennis aspirations are “to develop my game to be the best I can be.”