Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread
Although Martina was born in Prague, they shortly afterwards moved to a little town of Řevnice (just 6 km from Prague). The local tennis club where she developed her amazing skills now bears her name. The club was founded as early as in 1902.
Is Revnice only 6 km from Prague? (Hmm, perhaps I ought to have visited the town when I was last in Prague a few years ago.) So what was Hana Mandlikova smoking when she essentially called Martina a country bumpkin?
Talking of America, for example, and the amplitude of consumer goods on offer there for those with the money to afford them, Hana said she had always been able to get any goods she wanted in Czechoslovakia, whereas Martina has confessed she was dazzled by the range of things you could buy just in a local supermarket. "Maybe that was because she came from a little village," said Hana loftily. "Maybe they couldn't get things there so that's why she got so FAT."
Best left-right combination by a German (and that includes Max Schmeling): Steffi Graf. All she did in 1987 was knock Navratilova out of #1 and try to knock Evert out of the sport. (Mike Lupica in "The Best and Worst of Tennis in 1987", World Tennis)
"A couple of years ago, we nicknamed Steffi Graf's forehand 'Jaws'. And that music would go perfectly when she starts running in to the net, swarming on that little ball." (JoAnne Russell, during the 1988 Wimbledon final between Graf and Navratilova)