Year Inducted: 1998
Hometown: Whistler, British Columbia
DOB: May 1, 1957
Two-time Wimbledon doubles quarter-finalist in 1981 and 1982.
French Open doubles quarter-finalist, 1980.
Coach/Captain of the Fed Cup team in 1983.
Captured 14 pro tour singles and Doubles play.
Womens Tennis Association (WTA) Top 50 player (highest ranking No. 48 in August of 1981).
Won Canadian National Indoor/Outdoor Masters Women’s 50 singles titles in 2008.
Marjorie Blackwood’s father, John, was a Canadian government official. Her family lived in Karachi, Pakistan when Marjorie was born, but she grew up in Detroit. Her family then moved to Ottawa in 1971 and four years later she attended the University of Texas from 1975-76. Her serve was rated one of the best in the women’s game and she was a very tough competitor at the net.
Blackwood was member of the Fed Cup team from 1976-1980 and became the assistant coach in 1982. She was later given the opportunity to be coach and captain of the team. Blackwood was ranked No. 1 in Canada from 1979 to 1983 and she captured the Canadian closed tournament three consecutive years 1977, 1978 and 1979.
She won several awards including the Ottawa ACT Tennis Award in 1973 and 1975 and the Ontario Sports Achievement Award three times in 1972, 1974 and 1975. Blackwood continued to compete in national and international seniors tournaments after her pro career ended. She captured the women’s 50 age category singles title and the 2008 Indoor and Outdoor senior nationals.
Blackwood is now a provincial coach in British Columbia and has been a national touring coach. She is currently a tennis pro and director of tennis with her husband, Peter, at the Whistler Racquets & Golf Resort, a position they have held for nine years. Their Whistler Adult Tennis Camps are rated in the Top 10 camps in the world by tennisresortsonline.com. Blackwood is a highly experienced coach and has had 20 years of experience coaching players of all levels.
Blackwood has her own website: http://blackwood.bctennis.com/