Re: Mental Toughness Best Ever
1.) Evert. Think of how often players freak out when someone moves to net. Now think of how many players did that to Chrissie. She never freaked out. And she would hit about 5 errors a match, tops. That's mental toughness personified.
2.) Graf. She pulled herself together a whole lot of times, she came from behind a whole lot of times, and she did it by sticking to her strengths. That's hard to do.
3.) Seles. She came back after the stabbing, not as good as before but still pretty damn good. She also never got down on herself in a match.
4.) Serena Williams. This one's tricky because she's still playing, and she has hit a rough patch, but the fact remains she's lost only around 30 matches to players who haven't won slams. That's a stunning number, especially since you'd think people who have nothing to lose would try harder. Plus, there's no player who has willed herself to win as much as Serena Williams has.
5.) This one comes out of left field, so brace yourselves: Maria Bueno. She was entirely self-taught. How crazy is that? Also she came from nowhere; nobody had any clue who she was when she started winning things, and she didn't stop winning things for a long, long time. Also, she was the only player I've ever seen (DVD) who could make Margaret Court look foolish on court. That's an accomplishment.