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Fendig is one of the top tennis players in Glynn County history. A standout at Glynn Academy, Fendig won region singles championships in 1973 and 75 while reaching the state semifinals and finals in both those years. At age 18, she won the Georgia-South Carolina Junior Tennis Tournament and also the Southland Tournament held in Savannah.

Fendig was one of the first female athletes to receive a scholarship at the University of Georgia, where she played for four years, playing Nos. 1 and 2 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Lady Bulldogs. She was asked to play on the UGA volleyball team, but declined to concentrate on her tennis career.

After graduating from Georgia, Fendig turned professional and traveled the world playing on various tennis tours including the Southern and Penn circuits. She was once accepted into the qualifying draw for Wimbledon doubles and earned enough points to achieve a No. 245 world singles ranking.

Also as a professional, Fendig was a national doubles champion or finalist on all surfaces and a singles hardcourt finalist. She was a two-time winner of the Southern Open 30s and was ranked No. 11 nationally in the singles 40 and 45 age divisions in the same year. While playing on the senior women’s national circuit, she won five gold, silver and bronze balls. She won the national clay court Mother-Daughter Championship in 2003 after reaching the finals in 1996.

A certified teacher by the United States Professional Tennis Association, Fendig owned her own tennis shop at the King and Prince on St. Simons Island, where she gave countless lessons to both local residents and visitors. She was later employed as a part-time teacher at Sea Island. She has taught the game to people of all ages throughout her career.

Fendig continues to reside locally.