Originally Posted by alfajeffster
I got the info from White Pages, and hesitated putting up here to begin with, because it is for all intents and purposes an invasion of privacy. I'm actually glad this morning that it doesn't work. I lost sleep last night over the stupidity of posting private details for all the world to see. Not that I'm above calling a player whose number I have- just a mistake to publish the information without their permission.
I have no idea about the grip change, nor do I know where you heard or read that Nancy said that. Details?
Here it is: Acutally it was just her forehand.
pepetacoNov 11th, 2004, 09:04 AM
Glad to hear that you had a nice time with your Dorset pals - it's a pretty county but not as pretty as mine (Cornwall
. Paris is beginning to turn wintry now (fewer tourists, thank goodness) but remains stunningly beautiful whatever the season. Incidentally, when was the last time you came back to Roland Garros during the championships? It must be your turn to present the trophy by now, surely?
Thanks Nancy for this very frank and interesting reply. BJK's take on her lack of play on clay during the 60s has always been a mystery to me: she had plenty of opportunity to compete on the Florida/Caribbean circuit and the big events after Wimbledon such as the Westerns and the US CC, surely, yet rarely did. I've often though she was a tad fortunate at Roland Garros in 1972 that the field did not contain either Margaret or Chrissie.
Like Chris, I'm a bit surprised to read that there was little love lost between Maria and Ann though you implied that the "problem" was more on Maria's side. Darlene seems to have irked a few of her contemporaries as well.
I've read that Julie was known for being very "smart" as a player, someone who compensated for a less than tip-top rate game with astute tactics and a never-say-die attitude. Would you agree and who would you say were the master tacticians of your era, Nancy? I'm not talking gamesmanship like stalling à la Hantze, crying à la Hard or complaining à la King here but just the tactical sense of players who were particularly adept at selecting and changing strategies during a match.
Hi Andy...Well, i haven't been to Paris since '78...they had some celebration back in the late 90's and i was invited to come ...they didn't exactly make one feel welcome...the invitation was for an airticket and Sat. and Sun. of the final week...they might as well have said to come direct from the airport for the ceremony and then go back to the airport and catch a plane home the same day...that invitation might have been o.k. for someone living in Europe but was not one i was thrilled with coming all the way from Texas...anyway, needless to say, i didn't grace them with my presence....you know it's funny that i read that some players thought Hantze stalled and used that as gamesmanship....i played her in the final of the Nat'l 15s and 18s and other times later on and i never felt she did that one...she played at a slow pace but that was just her ....i know Chris asked me about Hantze and what i thought of her ....she was incredibly talented and extremely mature for a 13 year old...everything came naturally to her and she didn't have to practice much.....i don't think tennis meant that much to her and she could take it or leave it....i think her parents divorce really got to her and that's when she started dating Rod and probably one of the reasons she got married so young...then he started messing with her forehand and it went to pot after that ....during World Team Tennis in about '76 i think, we were playing in San Diego, and i saw Karen and Rod at the arena...Karen asked me--did you ever win the Nat'l Juniors? ...i said, "Karen you beat me in the finals every time--no i never won it."....i didn't feel that she was trying to get through me with that question like some ....she just didn't remember because it just didn't mean that much to her...i guess the article that was in Tennis magazine last year on Karen tells it all when she said that she was cleaning cabinets and ran across her Wimbledon trophy tucked away in the back somewhere...knowing her that is how she felt about the whole thing--not very important...now as far as tacticians go i would say that Court was probably the best as she could execute from all areas of the court equally well....also, Carole Graebner, Maria, and Ann J. were very good as well...My friend, Mary, often goes to Cornwall on holiday and she has said how pretty it is there too...to me all of England is beautiful and green with gorgeous countryside....so different, of course, from here...do like West Texas though :-)) ...Nancy