Chanda Rubin began serving a first two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2011. One of three elite athletes on the board, she is a member of the Budget Committee and serves as the Board Liaison to the Player Development Council.
Previously, Rubin was a member of the Grievance Committee, 2005-08, and served the 2009-10 term as the presidential appointee to the Executive Committee. She was also a trustee of the Southern Tennis Patron’s Foundation, 2005-08.
Rubin was an accomplished junior player, winning the Wimbledon girls’ singles title and rising to No. 2 in the world junior rankings in 1992, and went on to enjoy a productive 16-year career as a professional. She advanced to the quarterfinals or better at four Grand Slam events and posted career-best rankings of No. 6 in singles and No. 10 in doubles. Overall, she won seven tour singles titles and 10 doubles titles, including the 1996 Australian Open with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. In 1995, she was named the Most Improved Player by the WTA and the American Tennis Association Athlete of the Year, and the following year she received the USTA Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Rubin was also a member of the U.S. Fed Cup and Olympic teams, going 8-3 in her career in Fed Cup play and competing in the Summer Games in 1996 and 2004. Moreover, she competed for the U.S. in the Pan American Games in 1995 and won the U.S.’s first-ever Hopman Cup in 1997 (with Justin Gimelstob).
Off the court, Rubin has been active in philanthropic causes, including the Children’s Museum, the American Heart Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Breast Cancer Association and the United Negro College Fund. She hosted an annual tennis clinic in New Orleans for 1,500 children and, in 1998, established the Chanda Rubin Tennis and Scholarship Foundation, which provides funding for youth playing opportunities and scholarships. In partnership with the foundation, she sponsored and helped create a circuit of ITF junior tournaments throughout the United States, which is now a part of the USTA/ITF junior circuit.
Rubin was honored for her philanthropic work in 2008 with the International Lawn Tennis Danzig Trophy and the Gene Scott Renaissance Award, in addition to receiving the 2003 USTA Service Bowl Award and the 2002 Family Circle/Hormel Foods Player Who Makes a Difference Award. In 1997, she received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Leadership Award for her commitment to community involvement and her efforts with programs that benefit children, and in 1996 she was recognized for her work with the Louisiana Special Olympics.
Rubin resides in Lafayette, La. She is a member of the USTA Southern Section, which inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2009.