The senior women's Legends Tour lasted from 1995 till 1998. Virginia Slims was the sponsor and they declined to renew the sponsorship after the 1998 season. Basically, it was turning into a PR
nightmare for Virginia Slims. At a number of events, anti-smoking activists picketed the tournament and shouted anti-smoking slogans etc.
The tour did well, especially in the first two years. They were always well-received the "first time" they came to a city and I feel they could have continued had they been more dynamic and opted to try playing in different cities. But easier said than done. They were trying to get Gaby to join them in 1998, but after the sponsorship fell through, there wasn't any hope.
Today, there are a 2 Legends events held annually. A mixed doubles tournament in Cincinnati and a womens doubles tournament in Indianapolis. Jana Novotna, Lori McNeil & Mary Joe Fernandez have joined the senior ladies along with 90s-retirees - Kathy Rinaldi-Stunkel, Carling Basset-Seguso, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy etc.
Some of the Legends who played the first few years have chosen not to play anymore. Chris Evert stopped playing after 1998. Now, she only plays at her charity event. Pam Shriver has been unable to serve overhead after her 1999 shoulder surgery. Billie Jean King has stopped playing too b/c of her shoulder surgery. Evonne also stopped playing after 1998. And it appears so have Frankie Dur & Olga Morozova.
The oldest players who still play are Rosie Casals & Virginia Wade. Of course, there's still also Ilana Kloss, Wendy Turnbull, Zina Garrison, Tracy (who didn't play last year b/c of the birth of her son) & Martina. Hana played sparingly on the Legends Tour and played in Chris' charity event last year after the birth of twins. Maybe she will join them this year? But since Jana also plays...