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Flashback: 25 years, top 100

Or, almost 25 years, since the 2004 season is upcoming, and the rankings are from April 16th, 1979. I got a couple of tennis magazines from mid-1979, and thought this would make for some interesting reading.

1. Navratilova 51. Desfor
2. C.Evert 52. Latham
3. Wade 53. Russell
4. T.Austin 54. Tolleson
5. Fromholtz 55. Bunge
6. Turnbull 56. Hobbs
7. Reid 57. Norton
8. Stevens 58. Simon
9. Ruzici 59. Walsh
10. Barker 60. Strachanova
11. Marsikova 61. Nagelsen
12. Stove 62. Madruga
13. Jausovec 63. J.Evert
14. K.Jordan 64. R.Gerulaitis
15. Shriver 65. Lovera
16. Kiyomura 66. McDaniel
17. May-Teacher 67. White
18. Casals 68. C.O'Neil
19. Margolin 69. Vessies
20. M.Kruger 70. Bohm
21. A.Smith 71. P.Louie
22. M.Fernandez 72. Susman
23. Kloss 73. Doerner
24. Holladay 74. Blount
25. Redondo 75. Simionescu
26. Hanika 76. Collins
27. DuVall 77. P.Smith
28. Potter 78. Fox
29. Richards 79. Bonicelli
30. Siegel 80. Porzio
31. Ca.Meyer 81. Wikstedt
32. Forood 82. Medrado
33. Newberry 83. Evers
34. Stuart 84. Urroz
35. Acker 85. Tobin
36. Vermaak 86. Eisterlehner
37. Stoll 87. Mc.Louie
38. M.Tyler 88. Moulton
39. L.Hunt 89. Cuypers
40. Durr 90. Hepner
41. Teeguarden 91. Ekblom
42. Tomanova 92. Pinterova
43. Mandlikova 93. Blackwood
44. L.Dupont 94. Chaloner
45. Antonoplis 95. Stap
46. D.Gilbert 96. Spex
47. V.Gonzalez 97. Bendlova
48. Hallquist 98. Simmonds
49. Liess 99. Ziegenfuss
50. B.Jordan 100. Sands

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wow i cant believe how many i dont know, im ashamed of myself!!!

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Emilie Loit was born in 1979

So was Cara Black Peter Luczak Paul Baccanello and rebecca turner
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Pam at 15! LOL!

Maria Madison Venus Serena Na

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
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#43 Mandlikova
She was sooo good ... too bad she didn't live to her potential though!

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post #6 of 31 (permalink) Old Nov 25th, 2003, 10:07 PM
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This brings back fond memories, as 1979 was my first full year as a tennis fan, and I had just begun subscribing to Tennis Magazine a few months before that issue. As the magazine was one of the very few sources for tennis rankings information in those days, I am sure I poured over this list for weeks until the next issue. In reading the list, I failed to come up with only two or three first names, and I am sure I still have that issue in storage.
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It was interesting seeing young Hana at 43, but where the heck is Evonne?

You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
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Evonne had been out following Wimbledon '78, injured, and she was just returning to competition in April '79, reaching the semis at the Family Circle Cup, being trounced something like 1 and love to Tracy Austin, who would later win the US Open, and whom Evonne would defeat the following year at Wimbledon en route to her singles title as the first mom to win the singles in almost 60 years.
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It was Francoise Durr's last season on the tour and she was limiting her committments - hence slipping to #40. Well, she was 37 at that stage

Good old Ginny Wade was still doing well wasn't she!
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6. Turnbull


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Memory Lane or what!!!!
*Like Evonne GC, BJK had not played singles since Wimbledon 78. She was to return in June, hence her absence from the list.
*Karen Susman, Wimbledon Champ 17 years before is there at 72, despite the fact that she was playing a very limited schedule. What was her highest computer (i.e. post 75) ranking, Brian?
*I see Regina - hic-Marsikova's there at 11. If she hadn't been done for drunk driving and banned from travel for 3 seasons in the early 80s, I wonder if she could have gone higher.
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Originally Posted by Brian Stewart
54. Tolleson
Does anyone know if this is Stephanie Tolleson, Arantxa and Monica's old agent?

I see Dianne Fromholtz at 5. She must be one of the least talked about top 5 players. She was obviously very talented to be top 5 in that era, only ranked below Martina, Chris, Virginia and Tracy.

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Originally Posted by raquel
Does anyone know if this is Stephanie Tolleson, Arantxa and Monica's old agent?

I see Dianne Fromholtz at 5. She must be one of the least talked about top 5 players. She was obviously very talented to be top 5 in that era, only ranked below Martina, Chris, Virginia and Tracy.

Yes, that Tolleson is Arantxa and Monica's old agent.

Dianne Fromholtz (Balestrat) became my favorite player that season, and shortly before the rankings above, she spent one rankings period at #4. I remember the old World of Tennis almanac which reflected on the '77 season as saying that at #7, Fromholtz must be the least well-known #7 in the world at anything, which ur remark made me think of. In 1979, Fromholtz had a fantastic indoor season on what was then the Avon circuit, with the second best set of results following Navratilova.
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April 1979 - I remember that time SO clearly, and every single player on this list!

Sue Barker - back in the Top Ten after a disappointing 1978 - she'd recently secured her only career win ove Chris Evert.

Kathy May at 17 - she'd just married Brian Teacher, who'd win the Australian Open the following year. She was in the Top Twenty for four years, (peaking at No.10), despite always seeming to play a restricted schedule, and won the US Clay Courts title in 1976 as well as twice reaching the Quarter-Finals at Roland Garros and once at the US Open. Oh, and she was one of the few players to defeat Martina Navratilova in a first round! (Dallas Virginia Slims, 1977). She re-joined the tour in 1990, for one tournament,after a 10-year absence and could still beat Alexia Dechaume.

Betty Ann Stuart at 34! She had returned at the start of '79, and this was to be about the longest consistent spell she ever spent on tour! She was always off getting married or having children! She married Phil Dent the following year and gave birth to Taylor Dent in early 1981. She was SO sexy! (Despite having the worst cellulite I've EVER seen on a professional sportswoman - but it didn't matter!)

Michele Tyler at 38! Fantastic looking girl, shortly to retire at the age of 21! This despite peaking at 23 just a few months earlier and achieving career wins over Billie Jean King (6-3 6-0!), Tracy Austin and Pam Shriver. She just couldn't stand the grind of the tour, and went to work part-time at Selfridges department store around this time. I've often wondered what became of her.

Francoise Durr, in her last season as a singles player. I'd have loved to have caught her win over Rosie Casals at Eastbourne that year, the last time those fantastic, unique contemporaries played each other.

Lesley Hunt! A tough Aussie, four-time -I think - US Open Quarter-Finalist who just disappeared around this time, and I literally never saw her mentioned again, to see why she'd retired -although I noticed in a "World Of Tennis" yearbook reference section a few years ago that she'd married for a second time.

Aleida Spex! The only black Cuban I ever saw play tennis; she had an even shorter career than Michele Tyler!

Thanks Brian for stirring up these old memories!
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There are many interesting names on the list -

1. Navratilova -> still a top 10 doubles player (unbelievable)!
6. Turnbull -> wasn't she called 'The Rabbit' or something similar?
29. Richards -> one of a kind?
40. Durr-> most unorthodox grip I've ever seen.
43. Mandlikova -> a natural, beautiful player to watch.
63. J. Evert -> little Evert!
64. Ruta Gerulaitis -> saw her play doubles with her brother Vitas at the U.S. Open. Vitas always drew a big crowd. He was lightning quick, very exciting to watch. V is one of my all-time favorites.
99. Ziegenfuss -> unforgetable name. Isn't she Allison Bradshaw's mom?

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