Tanya Harford
Full nameTanya Jane Harford Gemmell
Country (sports) South Africa
Born (1958-11-28) 28 November 1958 (age 63)
Cape Town, South Africa [1]
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) [1]
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French Open2R (1982)
Wimbledon3R (1980, 1982)
US Open3R (1977)
Grand Slam doubles results
Australian Open2R (1980)
French OpenW (1981)
WimbledonSF (1981)
US OpenQF (1978, 1981)
Grand Slam mixed doubles results
WimbledonQF (1981)
US Open1R (1980, 1980)

Tanya Harford (born 28 November 1958) is a retired South African tennis player.[2]

In 1981 she won the doubles title at the French Open together with compatriot Rosalyn Fairbank. In the final they defeated Candy Reynolds and Paula Smith in straight sets. Her best result at the Wimbledon Championships was reaching the third round in the singles in 1980 and 1982 as well as the semifinal in the doubles and the quarterfinal in the mixed doubles event.[3]

In 1976 she was a runner-up at the Irish Open. Harford reached the final of the South African Open in 1979 but lost in straight sets to Brigitte Cuypers. With Fairbank she won the doubles title at the WTA Swiss Open in 1981.

She served as chair for the Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company, which was organizing the Johannesburg gay pride parade until the dissolution of the company in April 2013,[4] following controversy over the 2012 edition.[5]

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1981 French Open Clay South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
6–1, 6–3

Career finals

Singles (1 runner-up)

Result W/L Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Dec 1979 South African Open, Johannesburg Hard South Africa Brigitte Cuypers 6–7, 2–6


  1. ^ a b Emery, David, ed. (1983). Who's Who in International Tennis. London: Sphere. pp. 52, 53. ISBN 9780722133200.
  2. ^ "WTA – Player profile". WTA.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Tanya Harford". AELTC.
  5. ^ "Johannesburg gay pride parade pits politics against partying".