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Hi - Does anyone know what ever happened to her? She retired from tennis at the end of the 1980 season while still in the top 10 aged only 23! In her second last match she stretched Martina to a final set tie-break in the quarters of the Australian Open and had victories over Tracey and Goolagong earlier in the year and Chris the previous year.

Looking at her results it seemed as if she had a big future - but she just disapeared?

She was South African by the way.
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she had to retire after a serious knee injury she sustained in 1978, she tried to play two more years but it was too much for her i guess. she was in the top 10 when she retired.

she used to play with a huge knee support, i remember seeing a picture of her and it was kind of scary.

she's playing the wimbledon senior doubles these days and i think she runs a safari lodge in south africa with her husband.
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Thanks for that Monaco - I always did wonder - I remember the knee support.... Mind you she still beat Evert, Austin and Evonne and stretched Martina to a final set tie-break in 79/80 with her injury!!!!
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Didn't Greer have an unusual background? Was she the one who grew up on a dairy farm or something like that?

Every time I saw her she had that frightening looking leg cast. It's a wonder she could move at all!
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something like that croat pripic(?) had too?

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yeh i forgot that Pripic wore one too - it must of really affected her is she had to retire in her prime... it makes you wonder what she could have achieved had she played without the injury...
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I may be about six years late but, in googling Greer Stevens, I found this and wanted to answer in an up-to-date way. I met Greer on safari in one of the bush camps in South Luangwa Park inZambia a couple of weeks ago. She remains married to her husband, Kevin, and, after a number of years running her own safaris in Botswana is trying to revive tennis (and women's tennis) in South Africa and a coach and teacher.
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she had to retire after a serious knee injury she sustained in 1978, she tried to play two more years but it was too much for her i guess. she was in the top 10 when she retired.

she used to play with a huge knee support, i remember seeing a picture of her and it was kind of scary.

she's playing the wimbledon senior doubles these days and i think she runs a safari lodge in south africa with her husband.
This is not quite accurate. Yes, Greer suffered a severe knee injury in 1978 that forced her off the tour. I believe it occurred during a World Team Tennis match in the spring of the year, or at least before Wimbledon. She had knee surgery and returned to the tour in January 1979. In just her second tournament back, she blitzed Chris Evert on a fast indoor carpet in Chris's hometown -- the VS of Fort Lauderdale. Greer went on to win that tournament and produced in 1979 and 1980 THE BEST two years of her career. In fact, she made the Aussie Open quarterfinals shortly before her retirement when the Aussie was played at the end of the year.

Greer made no bones about wanting to retire early. In fact, she said at that Fort Lauderdale tournament that she was socking away money, so that she and her fiance could buy a dairy farm.

I don't think it was so much her knee as her desire for a different life that took her away from the tour a bit prematurely. She was one of several South African woman at that time -- Linky Boshoff, Bridgitte Cuypers, Marise Kruger -- who opted for retirement at a very early age. Two who perservered were Illana Kloss and Yvonne Vermaak and both enjoyed a level of success through much lengthier careers.
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I may be about six years late but, in googling Greer Stevens, I found this and wanted to answer in an up-to-date way. I met Greer on safari in one of the bush camps in South Luangwa Park inZambia a couple of weeks ago. She remains married to her husband, Kevin, and, after a number of years running her own safaris in Botswana is trying to revive tennis (and women's tennis) in South Africa and a coach and teacher.
How wonderful for you to drop in and update us gtuman Google is a good way to findmany of our threads.

Do you recall if Greer has any children?
How was your safari?

Welcome to the Blast From the Past-we hope you post here again
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Great post Jem. I had forgotten about Greer's wonderful week at Hollywood in 1979. Looks like I had it wrong about her coming from a dairy farm-so she wanted to buy one! Either way it's exotic in my book. Running safari's isn't exactly run of the mill.

It would be nice if anyone has tapes/dvd copies of the mixed finals Greer was in. For some reason I picture her with hotheaded Bob Hewitt. It was beautiful tennis with tons of rapid fire volleying. Hewitt's partner in men's doubles was a sight to behold too-good old Frew Mcmillan and his two handed magic angled volleys!

Ah the 1970s
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Here's a wiki entry for Greer-she got 3 mixed grand slams, and, as Jem suspected, retired at the height of her career.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greer_Stevens
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A bit fuller profile-she has 2 sons according to this-and it even provides her email address! Does anyone think she would care to share her stories with us?

http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/Pages/pro...spx?IndID=7946
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I have pictures......

http://web.mac.com/kleosmith/Greer_%...h/Welcome.html



Greer looks like she's living life to the fullest.
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Here she talks about her tennis

http://web.mac.com/kleosmith/Greer_S...s/Welcome.html

LOL-here she is at the 2003 US Open vets mixed-knee brace in evidence!

http://web.mac.com/kleosmith/Greer_S.../Photos.html#4


Jem- I know you especially will enjoy Greer's slideshow-it has pics of Wade, boshoff, Mona Guerrant (!) anf Johan Kriek.



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Great resources, Rollo, and thanks for sharing. I've contacted Greer and asked her to consider joining the board and answering some questions. We'll see!
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