Jane’s most memorable match was playing Martina Navratilova on Wimbledon’s Center Court in 1986.
A former top 50 world-ranked tennis professional and Clemson Hall of Fame athlete, Jane Forman has devoted the last 28 years to developing community tennis and sports programs for children and adults of all ages and levels of ability.
Today, Jane owns and operates Jane Forman Sports which is a sports management group comprising the Jane Forman Tennis Academy, Dade County Sports, and the Dade County Sports Foundation, a nonprofit sports scholarship fund.
To date, over 9,000 children and 3,000 adults have taken part in a Jane Forman Sports program and over 450 kids have participated via a scholarship offered by the Dade County Sports Foundation.
Jane began her tennis career as a Junior Player in Providence, RI. She began competing in Rhode Island at the age of 10 and won the Rhode Island state championships every year that she lived in the state. From the ages of 10-18, Jane competed in United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Tournaments all throughout New England. She never dropped below a 3rd ranking in New England throughout her junior career. At the age of 18, Jane won the women’s New England championships, ranking her the number 1 women’s tennis player in New England. In 4 years of high school tennis play, Jane never lost a match; in fact, she never lost a set.
Jane attended Clemson University in 1980 on a full athletic scholarship and was named to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) All American Team for four consecutive years; she achieved the most solid record in Clemson University history, a record that still stands today. In 1980, she started her professional career as an amateur so she could continue to work towards obtaining a college degree.
In 1984, Jane became an “official” professional player and competed for 10 years, reaching top 50-ranked player status in the world on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Circuit; she also competed on the following circuits: the United States Tennis Association professional circuit; the International Tennis Federation (satellite); Grand Slam tournaments; and the Virginia Slims Circuit. Some of Jane’s notable top ten opponents include Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, and Andrea Jaeger. Her most memorable match was playing Martina Navratilova on Wimbledon’s Center Court in 1986.
Jane retired from competitive play in 1989 and turned her efforts and enthusiasm for the sport of tennis to teaching tennis and sports management. The Jane Forman Tennis Academy (JFTA) was conceived of and founded in 1990 to bring high quality tennis to non-club amateurs, both children and adults. The JFTA staff is comprised of retired touring tennis professionals and certified instructors who specialize in teaching children. The Academy provides classes, instruction, after-school programs, leagues, and tournaments for adults, teens, and children.
In 2002, Jane created a Miami-based sports management group, Jane Forman Sports, that consisted of: (1) The Jane Forman Tennis Academy; (2) Jane Forman Golf School; and (3) Dade County Sports. Additionally, she established the Dade County Sports Foundation, which is a not-for-profit enterprise that provides sports scholarships to any of the sports programs managed by Jane Forman Sports. Each of these companies is unique; however, they are all similar in their mission to provide recreational sports programs for all ages, demographics, and levels of ability.
- Nominated by Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce for Look Up Miami-Dade County Business Woman of the Year in 2008
- Named to Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003
- Named to the Top 50 Athletes in the Century in Rhode Island in 2003
- Holds the singles record with most wins in the history of Clemson University
- Named to the ALL ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Top Athletes of All Time in 1984
- Four-time ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Champion; three-time Most Valuable Player
- Four-time NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) All-American
- Selected for Rhode Island Jewish Hall of Fame in 1987
- Named Rhode Island’s Schoolgirl Athlete-of-the-Year by Words Unlimited in 1979 and 1980
- Named Prep All-America Girl Athlete by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980
- USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Ranking: Top 10 Junior in 1979
- Never lost a match in the state of Rhode Island
- Never lost an interscholastic match or set.
Recently, world renown German company Völkl Tennis signed Jane as their VIP Brand Ambassador for the Miami Metro South area. She will be showcasing the Völkl products through her new instructional video series Völkl For The Masses. She will also be hosting Völkl Demo Days at various club locations.
SportsEdTV has enlisted former WTA Top-50 professional Jane Forman to teach viewers of all levels how to play better doubles. The multi-video series covers the fundamentals of doubles play and basic doubles strategy. These beautifully filmed, informative videos can help beginners who are just learning the game or experienced players of all levels improve at doubles.
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