|Country (sports)||United States|
|Born||March 3, 1993|
Cincinnati, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||304–221 (57.9%)|
|Career titles||7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 68 (25 July 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2017)|
|French Open||1R (2015, 2016)|
|Wimbledon||1R (2015, 2016)|
|US Open||3R (2014)|
|Career record||62–70 (47.0%)|
|Career titles||5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 107 (19 September 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2017)|
|French Open||1R (2016)|
|US Open||3R (2016)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|US Open||QF (2016)|
|Last updated on: March 9, 2021.|
Nicole Gibbs (born March 3, 1993) is an American retired tennis player.
She won seven singles and five doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. On 25 July 2016, she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 68. On 19 September 2016, she peaked at No. 107 in the WTA doubles rankings.
Gibbs was the top player in both singles and doubles for the Stanford women's team.
As a collegiate sophomore, Gibbs was named 2012 recipient of the Honda Sports Award for tennis. Her selection by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program recognized Gibbs as the country's top junior female player in her sport.
A 2012 All-American in both singles and doubles, Gibbs, as a sophomore, pulled off a historic sweep of the year's NCAA singles and doubles titles. Gibbs joined Stanford's Linda Gates (1985) and UCLA's Keri Phebus (1995) as only the third player in NCAA history to capture both NCAA titles in the same season. Gibbs then repeated as NCAA singles champion the following year, before foregoing her senior year. Traditionally, the winner of the NCAA title is offered a wild card into the US Open, if American.
Gibbs defeated teammate Mallory Burdette in the first all-Stanford singles final since 2011, claiming the 15th collegiate singles crown (13 NCAA, 2 AIAW) in school history. One hour later, Gibbs and Burdette shook off physical and emotional fatigue to claim the doubles championship with victory over Georgia's Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson.
The championship matches represented a historic day for the Stanford women's tennis program. It was the first time in NCAA men's or women's tennis history that teammates squared off in the singles final before later pairing up in the doubles title match.
The 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year, Gibbs was also named an All-Pac-12 First Team selection. She finished the year 41–5 overall and 21–2 in duals while playing all her matches at the number one spot. Closing out the year on a 17-match winning streak, Gibbs pocketed two other singles titles along the way, winning the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in October and Pac-12 Championships in April. Gibbs was ousted from the Mercury Insurance Open, where she lost to Varvara Lepchenko. New Balance among her sponsors.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. As a Honda prize recipient, Gibbs becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup. Gibbs was chosen by a vote of coaches from 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Burdette (Stanford), Beatrice Capra (Duke) and Allie Will (Florida).
Gibbs has played in a number of WTA Premier qualifiers, the 2009 LA Open and the 2010 and 2011 Stanford Open qualifiers, where she won a round each year, the 2012 Western & Southern Open losing in the first round, and the 2012 New Haven Open at Yale where she won three rounds to qualify, and then won a round in the main draw before losing in the second to Petra Kvitová. She has also played in qualifying for the US Open on three occasions (2009, 2010, 2011), winning a round in 2010.
In addition to qualifying for the main draw in New Haven, Gibbs played in the three Premier event main draws in 2012, the Stanford Open, winning one round before losing to newly crowned Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, and the US Open where she lost in the first round to Alizé Cornet.
Gibbs played the 2010 US Open – Mixed Doubles with Sam Querrey as her partner and the 2011 US Open – Women's Doubles with Lauren Davis. She was a hitting partner as part of the 2009 United States Fed Cup team in Italy.
Gibbs won her first Grand Slam main-draw matches at the 2014 US Open. She upset 23rd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round, before falling to another seed, Flavia Pennetta, in the third round. Gibbs won her first Australia Open main-draw match in 2015, reaching the second round.
In 2015, she played for the Austin Aces World TeamTennis (WTT) team. Gibbs remained with the team in 2016, when it relocated and was renamed the Orange County Breakers. She was named WTT Female Most Valuable Player after tying for first in the league with teammate Alla Kudryavtseva in winning percentage in women's doubles and also finishing second in women's singles.
In May 2019, after a routine dental visit, Gibbs' dentist noticed a small growth on the roof of her mouth, which later turned out to be microcystic adnexal carcinoma, a very rare form of sweat gland cancer. She later became cancer–free and resumed playing tennis. On February 15, 2021, Gibbs announced on social media that she would be retiring from professional tennis.
Grand Slam performance timelines
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||Q2||Q2||2R||2R||3R||2R||A||Q2||0 / 4||5–4|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||1R||1R||Q3||Q2||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||Q1||Q3||1R||1R||A||Q3||A||A||0 / 2||0–2|
|US Open||Q1||Q2||Q1||1R||1R||3R||2R||2R||2R||1R||1R||A||0 / 8||5–8|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–1||0–1||2–1||2–4||2–4||3–2||1–2||0–1||0–0||0 / 16||10–16|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||A||1R||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||0–1|
|US Open||1R||A||A||1R||2R||3R||2R||2R||A||A||0 / 6||5–6|
|Win–Loss||0–1||0–0||0–0||0–1||1–1||2–3||1–2||1–1||0–0||0–0||0 / 9||5–9|
WTA 125K series finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2015||Carlsbad Classic, United States||Hard||Yanina Wickmayer||3–6, 6–7(4–7)|
Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2016||Honolulu Open, United States||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Eri Hozumi
|7–6(7–3), 3–6, [8–10]|
ITF Circuit finals
Singles: 18 (7 titles, 11 runner–ups)
|Win||1–0||Nov 2007||ITF Mexico City||10,000||Hard||María Fernanda Álvarez Terán||7–5, 6–3|
|Loss||1–1||Jun 2011||ITF Buffalo, United States||10,000||Clay||Lauren Davis||7–5, 2–6, 4–6|
|Win||2–1||Jul 2012||ITF Denver, United States||50,000||Hard||Julie Coin||6–2, 3–6, 6–4|
|Loss||2–2||Feb 2013||ITF Rancho Santa Fe, United States||25,000||Hard||Madison Brengle||1–6, 4–6|
|Win||3–2||Jul 2013||Yakima Challenger, United States||50,000||Hard||Ivana Lisjak||6–1, 6–4|
|Loss||3–3||Mar 2014||ITF Palm Harbor, United States||25,000||Clay||Grace Min||5–7, 0–6|
|Win||4–3||Jul 2014||Carson Challenger, United States||50,000||Hard||Melanie Oudin||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||4–4||Jul 2014||Lexington Challenger, United States||50,000||Hard||Madison Brengle||3–6, 4–6|
|Loss||4–5||Oct 2015||Kirkland Challenger, United States||50,000||Hard||Mandy Minella||6–2, 5–7, 2–6|
|Loss||4–6||Nov 2015||ITF Waco, United States||50,000||Hard||Viktorija Golubic||2–6, 1–6|
|Win||5–6||Jun 2017||ITF Baton Rouge, United States||25,000||Hard||Francesca Di Lorenzo||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||5–7||Jul 2017||ITF Auburn, United States||25,000||Hard||Miharu Imanishi||3–6, 2–6|
|Win||6–7||Jun 2018||ITF Naples, United States||25,000||Clay||Ashley Kratzer||6–4, 6–4|
|Loss||6–8||Jul 2018||Berkeley Challenge, United States||60,000||Hard||Sofia Kenin||0–6, 4–6|
|Loss||6–9||Nov 2018||ITF Las Vegas, United States||80,000||Hard||Belinda Bencic||5–7, 1–6|
|Win||7–9||Feb 2019||ITF Rancho Santa Fe, United States||25,000||Hard||Kristie Ahn||6–3, 6–3|
|Loss||7–10||Apr 2019||ITF Palm Harbor, United States||80,000||Clay||Barbora Krejčíková||0–6, 1–6|
|Loss||7–11||Jul 2019||ITF Honolulu, United States||60,000||Hard||Usue Maitane Arconada||0–6, 2–6|
Doubles: 7 (5 titles, 2 runner–ups)
|Win||1–0||May 2010||ITF Raleigh, United States||50,000||Clay||Kristie Ahn|| Alexandra Mueller
|Loss||1–1||Jul 2012||ITF Denver, United States||50,000||Hard||Lauren Embree|| Marie-Ève Pelletier
|3–6, 6–3, [10–12]|
|Loss||1–2||Apr 2013||ITF Charlottesville, United States||50,000||Clay||Shelby Rogers|| Nicola Slater
|Win||2–2||Oct 2015||ITF Las Vegas, United States||50,000||Hard||Julia Boserup|| Paula Cristina Gonçalves
|Win||3–2||Nov 2015||ITF Waco, United States||50,000||Hard||Vania King|| Julia Glushko
|Win||4–2||Jul 2018||Berkeley Challenge, United States||60,000||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Ellen Perez
|Win||5–2||Nov 2018||ITF Tyler, United States||80,000||Hard||Asia Muhammad|| Desirae Krawczyk
|3–6, 6–3, [14–12]|
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