'Here comes humiliation'
Tory Ann Fretz, whose career bridged both the amateur and professional eras, knows all too well what it's like to be on the wrong end of a double bagel.
In 1976, Fretz was downed 6-0, 6-0 by a 21-year-old Chris Evert at Amelia Island, Fla.
To make matters worse, the match was televised nationally. "We all knew she (Evert) was untouchable on clay," said Fretz, now the resort pro at the Parker in Palm Springs.
"Playing her (on clay) was like running around on marbles. It was like, 'Oh God, I have to play Chris Evert. Here comes humiliation.'"
According to Fretz, the match was over before it ever began.
"My round before Chris was against Wendy Overton, who was a Top 10 player, and I thought I was playing pretty well, winning in straight sets. But I knew what I had the next day, and I wasn't exactly looking forward to it.
"So, I'm in the locker room before the match, and I'm primping ... combing my hair, putting the berets in and she walks in like the princess she was, and says to me, 'Getting ready for the big match, Tory?'
"I was devastated. The match was a blur ... and to this day I've never forgotten that remark."