Rollo: Yes, I too got a chance to read through the new Gibson/Buxton book and found it fairly informative. I liked the fact that the writer doesn't seem to try to paint these women as one-dimensional victims, martyrs or saints for that matter (which in my view no one is), but instead, interesting and at times, inspirational human beings with flaws that as a writer, he refuses to airbrush. One particular passage I recall was after Althea played an exhibition with Chris Evert in 1974, Gibson proclaimed that "(Evert's) not so terrific," and that she actually thought she could beat Chrissie next time they played! According to Chris, she "gave her some games" out of respect to a legend, as the book itself states that Evert went for none of her usual dropshots or deep drives into the corners. As an aside, Evert also mentioned that Althea "still had that booming serve," so remarkedly Althea remained a gifted athlete well into her fifties, capable of looking at least respectable (albeit with a bit of graciousness/generosity) with the best player of that decade.
Although I can't recall whether or not the writer used the actual word, he seemed to think that Althea was a tad delusional, to think that she could actually re-join the women's tennis tour in the 70's, as she tried several times to do. Certainly she did this partly due to wanting to earn a living on a pro tour/tennis boom that didn't exist during her prime, but I think it may've also been due to her enormous competitive spirit and desire to achive still more.