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Serious Illness Finally Becomes Tennis Star Julie Ditty’s Cause of Death


 American retired tennis player Julie Ditty’s cause of death has been clarified after she reportedly passed away on Tuesday evening (August 31, 2021) at the age of 42. May she rest in power.

The heartbreaking news has been confirmed by Ashland Tennis Center in a statement on Facebook, reading, “The Ashland Tennis Commnity lost a true tennis legend this evening.”

She had her WTA Tour breakthrough when she reached the semifinals of the Bell Challenge. It took her into the top 100 for the first time in her career, on November 5, 2007, at No. 91. She beat Alizé Cornet and Vania King before losing to Julia Vakulenko in three sets. In 2007, she was selected by the Boston Lobsters of the WTT pro league.

In 2008, Ditty qualified for the Open Gaz de France tournament in Paris, where she fell to the No. 6 seed and ex-world No. 1, Amélie Mauresmo. She was elected to the United States Fed Cup team for their match in February against Argentina after Bethanie Mattek departed with an injury; she starred doubles with Liezel Huber, winning the final match for the U.S. team.

Former Vanderbilt All-American and WTA top 90, Julie was born on January 4, 1979, in Atlanta, Georgia, living in Ashland, Kentucky. Her height was about 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in).

In June 2014, Ditty appeared from retirement and caused the Team Kentucky to win a decisive Southern Senior Cup Women’s 35 and over division. She followed this up by winning the US Open National Playoff tournament for the Southern section.

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Cancer Reported as Julie Ditty’s Cause of Death

According to the Facebook post, Julie Ditty’s cause of death has been reported as cancer; it read, “Julie Ditty Qualls fought a courageous battle with cancer as she was a champion both on and on the court! Much love and prayers to the Ditty family! May you find comfort in this heartbreaking loss! Julie was a wonderful person and will be missed by many!”

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Julie Ditty's cause of death has been clarified after she reportedly passed away on Tuesday evening

After Fed Cup, Julie could not win in the opening round in Midland and Memphis. She did not play in March. In April, she became the winner in her opening main-draw match in Charleston, South Carolina, beating Ayumi Morita.

Reactions to Death of Julie Ditty

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts, but fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Family privacy should be respected at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the death of the beloved star. You can kindly share your tribute in the comment section to honor Julie Ditty.

Quickly after the tragic news was confirmed, many of Ditty’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “There is not, a more precious soul that has walked this Earth. What a beautiful person and inspiration to all that had the privilege to know or meet Julie. If there are Angels on Earth, Julie Ditty Qualls was certainly an Earthly Angel. May she rest in peace and enjoy her new wings in Heaven. Many condolences and prayers to all her family and friends.”

Another said, “So incredibly sad and heartbroken. She was an absolute wonderful person and an incredible ambassador for tennis. She gave freely and generously of her time both to her community and the tennis community. So lucky to have served and worked with her on the USTA KY Board. I can not say enough about this special lady. She will always be in my heart and my thoughts.”

Julie Ditty's cause of death has been clarified after she reportedly passed away on Tuesday evening
Julie Ditty at the ColemanVision Tennis Championships, Albuquerque

A Facebook user penned, ” When Julie was on the Pro Circuit, she would do her workouts at the Tennis Center during Holidays. She was so sweet to us ladies as we stood watching her do her drills. She was a giver to her Community.RIP Julie and Comfort be with your family.”

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1 Comment

  1. Jeff Schneider September 2, 2021

    Julie played in our tournament in Cincinnati in 2008. She graciously gave my young son her autograph and took the time to talk to him. That meant a lot. Such a pleasant lady.


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