Re: Chris and Martina in the Same Event
Gotta admire Tracy's audacity! Austin did of course briefly become #1 in the summer of 1980, I think, but I was wondering how much that was a result of Evert "retiring" during the first months of 1980? Was it fair and square or was she helped by both Evert and Navratilova going through slumps at that time?
Continuing on the bitter Evert-Austin rivalry, it is interesting that after Evert had conquered her demons and defeated Austin using great all-court play in the famous 1980 US Open final, she was drawn in the same half of the draw as Tracy at Wimbledon in 1981 and 1982. I think Chris would have schooled Tracy on grass if they had met, but both times Tracy lost to a serve-and-volleyer (Shriver, King). They were even seeded to meet at Wimbledon in 1983 as well, but Tracy withdrew and Evert lost anyway in R3 to Kathy Jordan.