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carling
Apr 5th, 2002, 11:54 AM
My favorite player of the 80's. I would love to see old and new pics of her! Here's one for you.

BCP
Apr 8th, 2002, 11:56 AM
Hello Carling,

I liked Carling too. Who could forget her golden run in the summer of 84, and into early 85 when she peaked at no.8.

carling
Apr 8th, 2002, 11:45 PM
How about her run in the 1990 Bausch & Lomb after being out of the game for a number of years? Carling played Steffi tough but, man, was she THIN. I still have that match on tape! :)

BCP
Apr 9th, 2002, 04:42 AM
WSow. There were runours that she had an eating disorder. Do you think there was anything in it?

Rollo
Apr 9th, 2002, 10:01 AM
They wern't just rumours. She had bulemia or anorexia(can't remember which, sorry) and has publicly talked about it I believe, as Zina Garrison did.

Rollo
Apr 9th, 2002, 10:04 AM
Link to a tsn profile on Carling with pic and a great video(click under the pic)I've copied and pasted the text. The full broadcasr will be on Friday April 19 at. 5 pm. If I only got Canadian TV now!




http://www.tsn.ca/profile/bassett.asp






She was Anna before Anna. She was Darling Carling, the best tennis player Canada has ever produced, and a phenom in the first degree. More than a decade after her salad days on the professional tennis circuit, Carling Bassett is still one of the nation's most recognizable faces.

She was born in 1967 in Toronto, the daughter of sports entrepreneur John Bassett. By the time she was 13, Bassett's tenacious style had made her the top female tennis player in Canada. And, thanks in part to her stunning good looks, she quickly became a national celebrity whose appeal went far beyond the scope of sports.

Her fame crossed international borders in 1982, when she starred with Susan Anton in a movie called "Spring Fever." Naturally, Bassett played a budding young tennis star.

Although her acting career never took off, Bassett continued to excel on the court.

A three-time national champion, Bassett was Canada's top-ranked player from 1982-86 and was on Canada's Federation Cup team every year from 1982 through 1987.

Between 1981 and 1991, Bassett was a regular in the WTA Tour's Top 20 rankings. She reached a career-high number eight ranking in 1985.

She was named WTA newcomer of the year in 1983 after taking Chris Evert to three sets in the final of the WTA Championship. Bassett went on to win three international tournaments, but the pinnacle of her career came in 1984 when she reached the semifinals of the U.S Open.

"She was a great competitor, an incredibly tenacious player," said noted tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.

Her exploits were not unnoticed at home. Bassett was named Canada's top female athlete in 1983 and again in 1985.

Following marriage to American doubles ace Robert Seguso, and the birth of their first of three children, Bassett returned to competition at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. She placed fifth in the doubles competition with partner Jill Hetherington. It remained Canada's best Olympic effort until Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau won gold in 2000.

During the late 1980's, however, Bassett started to struggle with bulimia. The pressure of being a pro athlete and a much-sought after spokesperson proved difficult to handle.

"It becomes part of your life, like smoking. Or it's like being an alcoholic," she later said of her battle with bulimia." It's so easy to get into and so hard to get out of. I hated myself that I couldn't stop."

After successfully wrestling with her demons, Bassett made a brief comeback on the doubles circuit before retiring from the court for good. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Canadian Tennis in September of 1998, and this fall will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

She remains in touch with the game, playing charity events and serving as a color commentator for TSN.

And whether she's on the court or in the booth, she'll always be Canada's Darling Carling.

BCP
Apr 9th, 2002, 11:13 PM
Thank you so much for posting that Rollo. I can't believe the things you pull out from under the bed!

Rollo
Apr 10th, 2002, 01:49 PM
Sometimes I pull out something of interest Ball change, when I can get past all the dust, junk, and skeletons that are under there;)

Ryan
Apr 23rd, 2002, 05:03 PM
*sigh* Who could ever forget our(Canadas) Darling Carling. I wish she owuld do more commentating though, I miss her.

carling
May 3rd, 2002, 12:19 AM
I cannot see the video clip! The audio is just fine, but there is no picture. All you have to do is click on the link so there's no way I could have screwed it up. What should I do?

Vanity
May 3rd, 2002, 03:39 AM
I am so glad to see people remember Carling. :) I was only a baby when she was in her prime, but I have seen lots of her matches on tape. Carling went further than any Canadian female singles player before.... and no one from Canada has been able to match her success since.

Go Darling Carling!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

louloubelle
May 10th, 2002, 02:57 PM
Vanity - Helen Kelesi would gnaw your arm off saying that carling was the best. But you are right, carling entrenched herself in the top ten, reached a US semi etc....

Helen's Italian Open final was note worthy as well as her Fed Cup efforts in Canada and saying after she beat Sukova that she wanted to show Canada that there are other players doing well out there other than Carling!!!

Ryan
Jul 17th, 2002, 11:09 PM
Helen was also very talented. 2 singles and doubles titles. Wins over Novotna, ASV, some other big names I forget at the moment, and consistantly good results at the slams.:D

Kathy Rinaldi
Jul 18th, 2002, 08:52 PM
It must have been hard for Carling standing there in my shadow... to never have sunlight on her face...

PamShriver
Jul 18th, 2002, 08:59 PM
Kathy,

Carling was twice the women you are, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

PHS

Kathy Rinaldi
Jul 18th, 2002, 09:02 PM
Pam, I'm afraid I do know what you mean. I do speak to Wendy now and again you know. What would George have to say about it? It would be awful if I accidentally let it slip to him... unless of course there was a financial incentive for me to be not careless with my Christian tongue.

PamShriver
Jul 18th, 2002, 09:13 PM
What are you a Christian now Kathy? "Christian Tongue" my eye!!! Your tongue wasn't so Christian back in '87 when you were doing the "Two Back Monster" with Ivan Lendl.

Wendy Turnbull knows nothing, she is jealous that I always spurned her advances...alright so maybe one night I had too many mint julips at the Virginia Slims of Roanoke and I allowed her to "tickle the ham", but that was ONE NIGHT!

Countess
Jul 23rd, 2002, 02:39 PM
Hello, dare it be the Pam Shriver that I saw in the commentary box not too many years ago?

daze11
Feb 9th, 2004, 04:53 PM
hey does anyone have that 83 amelia island final between chris & carling? i had it, and my god, practically burned a hole in it from watching it so many times, and then someone stole it from my house in 1986. i have never quite recovered. its a little bit like mad-cow disease...i wander aimlessly ...lost ...where is the tape? this shelf? that shelf? haha...

i don't think carling's highlight was losing to chris in the us open semi of 84 (which was an anti-climactic 2-2 loss, albeit in a major), i think her highlight was this match, being an unknown and being up 5-2 in the 3rd against the queen of clay on her own home court of amelia island, where chris virtually never lost a set...(until she virtually lost 2 against martina the next year! haha...) Anyway, that was a nationally televised match and she didnt choke it away. It took every bit of champion to come out of evert to make that comeback and pull it out. As chris said, "I just think about how my opponent's face will look if they win, and that's how i make all those comebacks."

oh, and pam, that kathy rinaldi comment was the funniest ever. but she was pretty hot on certain days... :angel:

nelslus
Oct 9th, 2006, 05:47 AM
Bump on THIS thread for the real inside scoop on Darling Carling. Too bad Helen Kelesi hasn't jumped in to share her thoughts on the Darling One.

BTW- during the inevitable back in the day WTA shower orgies- any guesses for who ended up on top?

Rollo
Jul 29th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Bumped up for Carling:)

PamShriver
Mar 16th, 2009, 08:16 PM
I just watched the first set of Carling's QF against Chrissie at Roland Garros in '86 and I must say that SisterFriend's got some game! She's much better than I remember her being. A very aggressive baseliner with an AWESOME backhand who could make things happen. I really think that she sold herself short and didn't believe that she could be as good as she could've been, especially after Steffi came along and the death of her father. Now granted I don't think that she would've made it to number one or even won a Slam but certainly a MJ Fernandez-esque career is easily conceivable. She went toe-to-toe with an, albeit off-form Chrissie, in the first set of their match winning it 7-5, but even by the end of that set you knew that Chrissie was going to take it as Carling was pretty much worn out physically, which can probably be attributed at least in some degree to her bulimia, but also I just don't think she was ever too concerned about fitness. Really a shame that as a professional athlete she couldn't stay with an opponent who was 13 years her senior.
I do wonder if the ascent of Graf was the final nail in the coffin for Carling, as she probably realized at that point she was never going to be number one and she was wealthy enough that she probably didn't need to make a living on the tour, which is a reason that a lot of girls stay and grind it out. I think Graf's ascendence probably took the wind out of the sails of a lot of up and coming North American girls in the mid-80's who were touted as the "Next One" and
I don't think it's accidental that many of them (Gurney, Spence, Torres, Horvath) left the tour in '88-89 when Graf was really asserting her stranglehold over the game

daze11
Mar 16th, 2009, 08:32 PM
her match against chris at amelia island in 1983 is still her apex to me -- i never saw her play that well again. but she had some fine results thru the 86 season & was in the top 10 for a number of months...that 86 french match was definitely a beauty.

i dont know if graf specifially discouraged her because i dont recall she ever had aspirations to be #1...she didnt figure she'd be the best... but i think she eyed an andrea jaegerish career of being 3 or 4 or 5, and having longevity. especially after her dad passed away, she kind of vowed to do her best to make him proud, and tried to keep focus on tennis in honor of the memory of her father and his belief in her.

that said, there is a thread on here somewhere when steffi cleaned her clock...and i dont mean she just cleaned it, she buffed it, sanded it, and re-painted the inside the colors of the german flag. it MAY well have been 6-0 6-0 in 25 minutes. but carling came to the press room, sat down, and said, "well i never... i just NEVER..." as in 'how rude for her to not invite me to at least 1 game of the match'

but i imagine originals (meaning that aura of the genuine article) like sabatini ADDING into the mix with graf etc are what thwarted her. gaby was so fluid and aggressive back there... and i am not sure carling ever learned how to challenge a real serve & volleyer, the way chris or gaby or steffi could. back then, not being able to deal with players at net (ala sukova, mandlkova, martina, kohde, shriver) was a serious impediment to making it to the upper echelons. (as you well know PAMMY!!!! who knows, it may have been you who actually sent her packing.) She couldnt even beat Turnbull or Barbara Potter. (To her credit she did have wins over Hana, but not enough...)

however, to give her her full-due, i'd place her above the Gurney, Spence, Torres, Horvath group into Rinaldi, Temesvari, Lindqvist...though I'd prbably inch Horvath up there with them. Funny, Carling had a 2:1 h2h with Horvath but two of their matches ended 7-6 in the 3rd, split result!

daze11
Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:09 PM
Kathy,

Carling was twice the women you are, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

PHS
:lol: just re-found this thread - pam so funny.

SelesFan70
Sep 8th, 2009, 02:33 AM
I actually saw Carling's movie...it was "Spring Break" or "Spring" something...I think. :D

daze11
Jan 28th, 2010, 06:03 PM
word is that carling is pregnant with her 4th.... is due in a few weeks.

Declan
Jan 29th, 2010, 04:30 AM
I actually saw Carling's movie...it was "Spring Break" or "Spring" something...I think. :D

I've actually got that film, on video of course. It was OK-had a couple of other lower-ranked players like Shawn Foltz in it, too. But she was wise to stick to tennis.... and on the video box it says something like 'starring Carling Bassett-the girl who actually beat Chris Evert at Wimbledon' or something like that, that was just wrong!!!

iainmac
Jan 29th, 2010, 03:28 PM
word is that carling is pregnant with her 4th.... is due in a few weeks.

Daze:wavey::kiss:My god she is building quite a family- there must be quite a gap between this one and the oldest child???

iainmac
Jan 29th, 2010, 03:30 PM
I've actually got that film, on video of course. It was OK-had a couple of other lower-ranked players like Shawn Foltz in it, too. But she was wise to stick to tennis.... and on the video box it says something like 'starring Carling Bassett-the girl who actually beat Chris Evert at Wimbledon' or something like that, that was just wrong!!!

My god dont let truth get in the way of a good video box cover:lol::lol:Apart from that glamorous win over Temesvari in 83 I dont actually remember Bassett being that good at Wimbledon. As a seeded player she lost to Hobbs in 84, cant remember what 85 was, and in 86 against a semiretired Coles she was on her way at 16 13 to the worst defeat of her pro career. So no, beating Evert at Wimbledon was never going to happen!!!!!

daze11
Jan 29th, 2010, 04:32 PM
Daze:wavey::kiss:My god she is building quite a family- there must be quite a gap between this one and the oldest child???

yes 1993 was her last child.

here she is!
http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/v22941/1038/57/n1482259424_4641.jpg

iainmac
Jan 29th, 2010, 04:47 PM
yes 1993 was her last child.

here she is!
http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/v22941/1038/57/n1482259424_4641.jpg

Thanks Daze:wavey:Looking a bit haggard, but certainly fit!!!!

daze11
Apr 6th, 2010, 05:34 PM
fantastic!
http://www.youtube.com/user/chrisevertdotnet#p/a/f/0/DX6vAELrsts

miffedmax
Apr 19th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Ah, yes. Carling was my favorite for many years...until a certain set of bangs...

I'm glad there's a thread for her, though. I've posted many a pro-Carling rant in other threads and thought I was the only one who remembered.

iainmac
Apr 19th, 2010, 04:43 PM
Ah, yes. Carling was my favorite for many years...until a certain set of bangs...

I'm glad there's a thread for her, though. I've posted many a pro-Carling rant in other threads and thought I was the only one who remembered.

On no Bassett is well remembered and very fondly at that by most of those who say her play. A really fine and attractive player.:)

miffedmax
Apr 28th, 2010, 04:38 PM
I posted a Japanese commercial featuring Carling in the Tennis Commercials thread in GM.

miffedmax
Apr 28th, 2010, 04:42 PM
On no Bassett is well remembered and very fondly at that by most of those who say her play. A really fine and attractive player.:)

Always a great interview, too.

My favorite Carling moments were her thoughts on being named after a brewery...

"It could have been worse. I could have been Pabst Bassett."

And her response to Alan Thicke when he said something along the lines of "Canada isn't exactly known for producing great tennis players."

"Yeah. Or talk show hosts."


Classic Carlingisms.

iainmac
Apr 29th, 2010, 07:56 AM
Always a great interview, too.

My favorite Carling moments were her thoughts on being named after a brewery...

"It could have been worse. I could have been Pabst Bassett."

And her response to Alan Thicke when he said something along the lines of "Canada isn't exactly known for producing great tennis players."

"Yeah. Or talk show hosts."


Classic Carlingisms.

:lol::lol:They are cool and the talk show quote absoulety hilarious!!!!!

daze11
Aug 25th, 2011, 08:33 PM
this is quite a well done & interesting documentary on carling:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_dW9miD3zk&feature=share

carling
Aug 31st, 2011, 02:09 AM
Lovely video of Carling and her family, including baby Lennon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0zxql0FiFg

spiceboy
Jan 22nd, 2014, 10:53 PM
Carling went further than any Canadian female singles player before.... and no one from Canada has been able to match her success since.


Carling says hi to Genie :oh:

https://scontent-a-mad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/25379_1231423758026_5895314_n.jpg?lvh=1