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May 14th, 2003, 02:55 AM
Can we start a photo / article thread on "Darling Carling"

Carling Bassett

May 15th, 2003, 01:38 AM
OK, I'll start.....



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May 15th, 2003, 01:40 AM
This may be too big....we'll see....


May 15th, 2003, 01:50 AM


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May 15th, 2003, 01:57 AM
As a Ford Agency Model:


Same photo, shrunk to fit WTA rules:

May 15th, 2003, 02:01 AM
As a kid , training:


And a shot from ESPN's article "Readers' list: Classic sexiest athletes"


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May 15th, 2003, 02:08 AM

May 15th, 2003, 02:15 AM
From the Tennis Canada Hall of Fame site:


She was inducted in 1998

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May 15th, 2003, 02:47 AM
Looks like a different pic with the same tennis skirt :)


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May 15th, 2003, 02:49 AM

Thanks KoolMan....that looks like a relatively recent shot...any idea where / when it's from?


May 15th, 2003, 03:57 AM
Remember when Wimbledon made tennis clothes???? :)


May 15th, 2003, 04:23 AM
Not Carling...but in my search, I found this pic of another player from Carling's era who was known at least as much for being a "looker" as for her tennis skills:
Andrea Temesvari from 1994

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May 15th, 2003, 05:26 AM
Uh, yeah, I know she was cute but a Hall of Famer? Really??? I don't remember Carling being much of a player especially against the Chrissie Evert types or others of that era. Did she really do well or is it that I've forgotten about her accomplishments ? I know that our neighbors to the north (whom we often call Canuckleheads, but let's keep that a secret) are known for their cranky nature but that seems kind of out of the ordinary. Thoughts???

May 15th, 2003, 06:28 AM
Uh, yeah, I know she was cute but a Hall of Famer? Really??? I don't remember Carling being much of a player especially against the Chrissie Evert types or others of that era. Did she really do well or is it that I've forgotten about her accomplishments ? I know that our neighbors to the north (whom we often call Canuckleheads, but let's keep that a secret) are known for their cranky nature but that seems kind of out of the ordinary. Thoughts???

Well, probably a little of both (Canadian's not having much else AND Carling being somewhat better than you remember).....she was sort of the Anna Kournakova of the early/mid 1980s.

I think she was pretty good player for at least a short stretch...her highest ranking was #8 in the world and she won 2 singles and 2 doubles titles (more than Anna has done yet, although interestingly, Anna got as high as #8 as well, but no titles yet).

She made it to the Semi's of the US Open in 1984 and Made the QFs of both Aussie Open and French Open (twice).

I think that Canada has never really produced real world-class female tennis talent, so Carling is about as good as it ever got.
WTA bio: http://www.wtatour.com/index.cfm?section=players&cont_id=player&personnel_id=493&roster_id=24

May 16th, 2003, 12:54 AM
Craling pushed Evert to a third set tiebreaker in the Amelia Island final once, and has very good career wins over good players. I personally think Helen Kelesi was much better than Carling, she pushed the top players of her era more and had more wins, even though she only reached #13.

May 20th, 2003, 04:27 AM
NO WAY was Helen Kelesi a better player than Carling Bassett! Carling accomplished much more in her all too brief career.

Carling Bassett-Seguso...now and FOREVER! :)

May 30th, 2003, 12:02 AM
Anyone else find any other pics of Ms. Carling B????

May 30th, 2003, 08:05 AM
No pic fan-thought you might like this though. Mary Carillo answered a question about swing volleys.


Did the Williams sisters invent the swinging volley? I do not recall seeing this shot before they played it and it certainly was not how the classic volley was taught 2nd: Re that drop volley that Serena played in her first round match which was described by Pam and Mary Jo as awkward looking, why did they not recognize that all Serena was trying to do was to disguise the drop shot until the last moment. Serena held the two handed backhand until the last moment then flattened the racquet. A drop shot is more effective if there is the element of surprise. Do you agree?
Stewart Spencer, Kingston, Jamaica

No. If I had to credit the swinging volley to anybody it would be Carling Bassett at Nick Bollettieri in Bradenton, Fla. She was very aggressive by nature but was a baseliner. Any time she had a chance to break open a point -- she was so little, she'd put two hands on the racket -- she'd throw herself into these big two-handed swinging volleys. A lot of players these days use it. For a lot of baseliners it's their idea of a transition volley -- they're so far back on the baseline that when they come in they take a really long cut at the ball. For my money, the first person doing a swinging volley was Carling Bassett

May 30th, 2003, 07:12 PM
Thanks Rollo.....that's interesting and very timely.

This was the type of info I was hoping you guys in the BFTP could provide here....thanks, I enjoyed this a lot.


Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:30 PM
You're quite welcome fan-I'm still drooling over some of these pics. There was something about 80s women even if they did have big tacky hair you could nest a bird in :eek:

Here's a 1992 article about Carling from People Magazine.

On the Rebound
People Weekly; New York; Apr 27, 1992; Neill, Michael; Sider, Don;

The match had gone badly for Carling Bassett-Seguso. She had been blown off the court in straight sets by 21-year-old Kimiko Date of Japan in the Virginia Slims of Florida in Boca Raton last month. But for the onetime teen ace of tennis, it was a day of bittersweet triumph. At 24, she was starting over.

In March 1985 "Darling Carling," as she was called, was ranked No. 8 in the world and seemed destined to claim Chris Evert's title as America's tennis sweetheart. The following year the champagne-blond daughter of one of Canada's richest couples (on her mother's side, Carling's ale; on her father's, sports franchises, a newspaper and a TV station) began to branch out. She did some work as an Eileen Ford model and got her own line of JC Penney sportswear.

Inexplicably, however, her tennis game came unstrung. Bassett's ranking started tailing off in mid-'85, and by 1989, when she left the tour, it had fizzled to No. 158. Marriage and the birth of her first child had slowed her down, but the central reason for her decline remained, until now, a secret to all but her closest friends and family. Carling Bassett had become a victim of bulimia.

"At 15, I wasn't heavy by any means," she says, "but I gained a lot of weight; I went from 111 to 126. At 14, 15, 16, your body starts to mature, you start to put on puppy fat. You want to look good all the time. You start feeling pressure."

Bassett had been on the tour six months when another player, an older woman whom she will not identify, showed the 16-year-old how to put her fingers down her throat and instantly get rid of all those calories. Soon, she says, the habit had taken her captive. "It becomes part of your life, like smoking," says Bassett. "Or it's like being an alcoholic. It's so easy to get into and so hard to get out of. I hated myself that I couldn't stop."

Although Carling maintains that she was keeping her weight up during her illness, her mother, Susan Bassett-Klauber, remembers otherwise: "She became skeletal. You'd try to force food on her, and she'd just throw up. We screamed and yelled." Carling kept her disorder hidden from members of the tour and even from Robert Seguso, a six-time Davis Cup doubles player whom she married in September 1987.

She did, however, give him reason to suspect that all was not well. One evening earlier in the year, the two were out dancing at a club in Boca Raton near their present home. Bassett remembers having two beers and one puff of marijuana. "I started flipping out," she says. "I couldn't feel my hands. I couldn't feel my arms. Robert took me outside, and I started hyperventilating. He took me to the hospital. I thought I was going to die, my metabolism was so screwed up."

"I really didn't understand it at all," says Seguso, now a businessman involved in developing a multi-sports training center in Florida. "I was so immature, I really didn't know anything." At the hospital Bassett was treated with Valium for her panic attack and released. The close call was not lost on her. "It takes something like that to scare you," she says. With the help of her husband, to whom she revealed her bulimia that evening, she started to fight back against her affliction. "I never even went to a doctor," she says. "I came out and said, 'I have to stop this.' But you can't recover if you're alone. I never let myself be alone. It was the hardest fight of my life."

Says Robert: "I helped as much as I could. I was by her side the whole time. But it was her. She pretty well turned herself around."

She was helped, no doubt, by her first pregnancy, with her son, Holden, born in March 1988, and the need to provide not only for herself but also for her baby. She sailed through the pregnancy without morning sickness, but she wasn't so lucky while carrying Carling, her daughter, two years later. Throughout much of that pregnancy, she threw up every day. "It was a nightmare," says her mother. "She was in terror. She thought it was a recurrence."

Nowadays, says Carling, she has changed radically from the nutrition-ignorant teenager she was. "I've gone to the other extreme," she says. "I've read everything about nutrition. I'm a big believer in fresh vegetables. I know everything that goes on in my body."

And what about her tennis comeback? "I'm going to give myself a good test on the tour," says Carling, "not just two or three months." Robert concurs.

"She's probably in the best shape and as strong as she's ever been, even when she was eighth in the world," he says. "I think she can definitely get back in the Top 20."

Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:38 PM
Here's a match from 1989 where Graf blitzed Bassett 6-0 6-0. A couple of Carling quotes are real gems.

Bassett Seguso Gets Nothing on Graf
The Washington Post Washington, D.C.; Feb 16, 1989; Michael Wilbon;

The women in the locker room waiting for their matches don't even ask how many games an opponent got off Steffi Graf. They ask how long the match took, as in, "Did she take Steffi an hour?"

Usually, the answer is, of course not. Today was no different. Carling Bassett Seguso took Graf 42 minutes to defeat and had a legitimate chance to win exactly one game. Graf, the No. 1 player in the world and the top seed in the Virginia Slims of Washington, didn't even allow Bassett Seguso that consolation, blanking her in a second-round match, 6-0, 6-0, yesterday at the Patriot Center.

Three more seeded players also advanced. Natalia Zvereva of the Soviet Union, ranked eighth in the world and seeded fourth here, beat the University of Maryland's Jeri Ingram, who fought off four match points and nearly took the second set before falling, 6-2, 6-4.

Zina Garrison, the fifth seed, beat Susan Sloane, 6-0, 6-3. The turning point of that match came in the second set when Sloane had five game points to go ahead, 4-1, but wound up losing serve in a 22-point game. Canada's Helen Kelesi, the No. 8 seed, beat France's Isabelle Demongeot, 6-3, 6-4.

The match of the day, however, was easily Bassett Seguso versus Graf, even though it never was a contest.

Bassett Seguso was stunned almost beyond description during and after the match. She began her postgame news conference by saying, "I never. I just never."

At one point in the match, Graf was hitting so many winners and dominating so thoroughly, a spectator shouted "play with your left hand" to the right-handed Graf.

On one point, Bassett Seguso hit her best forehand, only to watch Graf hit a winning drop shot from behind the baseline. "How can you hit a drop shot from behind the baseline off a 90 mph forehand?" Bassett Seguso said in disbelief. "Some of the stuff she's doing now doesn't seem human.

"I would hit a good shot on the run and she would hit a clean winner off of it. I mean, I never-not ever. It was amazing. I'd think I had a point and suddenly the ball was past me. I never in my life . . . I've never played against Steffi before, but there's nobody who's going to beat her this year. For somebody to beat her, she'd have to be double what Martina {Navratilova} is right now."

Even though Bassett Seguso didn't get a game, she actually extended Graf longer than her Tuesday opponent, Stacey Martin of Largo, who lasted only 39 minutes in losing, 6-1, 6-1.

Against Bassett Seguso, who was ranked No. 8 in the world four years ago, Graf took a 3-0 lead in the first set in allowing just four points. By then, a point by Bassett Seguso got her a prolonged ovation. After the drop shot from behind the baseline, Bassett Seguso looked at people sitting at press row and smiled.

Graf was playing as if she was in a shooting gallery taking target practice. She rolled through the match so swiftly, Robin White and Gigi Fernandez had to drive 85 mph to make their doubles match that followed.

Leading, 3-0, in the second set, Graf fell behind by 15-40 when she double-faulted, blew an overhead, and busted a forehand long. She got back to deuce, however, and held serve for 4-0 before finishing out the match.

Even Graf had to admit she was pleased with the way she played. "I didn't really make any mistakes," she said. "There's nothing she could really do. But Carling, since she had her baby, hasn't played many tournaments."

Graf's match record is 9-0 this year, including a win in the first Grand Slam event, the Australian Open. She is, said Bassett Seguso, peerless on the women's tour. When someone began her to make a comparison between Graf and another player, Bassett Seguso interrupted and said, "You mean the men. That's what you'd better be asking me.

"I can't wait to talk to my husband {Robert, also a touring pro}, because I just can't believe this. I've played against the better players in big tournaments. I've played Martina. I've gone in figuring, `If they're off a little, I know I can win.' But this isn't even close. I've been close in sets with top players in the Slams. But with Steffi, you want to feel you have a chance to get points."

Jun 2nd, 2003, 11:49 PM
Article on Carling as a mom on tour, written before her condition became public knowledge.

For Carling, The Son Also Rises
The Washington Post Washington, D.C.; Feb 16, 1989; TONY KORNHEISER.

Question for the late '80s: Young married couple with infant. Both parents work, and their jobs require them to be away from home frequently. Incomes are roughly equal. Neither parent wishes to cease working. What compromise do they reach?

Holden Seguso, not quite 1, travels with his mom, Carling, on the women's tennis circuit; dad, Robert, goes solo on the men's tour. Mr. Mom? No thanks. "Rob couldn't deal with it," Carling Bassett Seguso said cheerfully, explaining that her husband was slavishly bound to routine. "See, I can deal with Holden puking up. It doesn't bother me. But it'll screw up Rob's day. He'll go on the court and believe it's because of Holden puking that he's not winning."

Carling crinkled her perfect Eileen Ford nose into one of those "Aren't men impossible?" looks. But it was her first choice to haul Holden along with her. "I want him with me," she said. "I carried him for nine months, and I can carry him now. I'll walk around the lobby with him at 2 a.m. when he can't sleep, I don't mind . . . Face it, men don't like changing diapers. Men don't like getting up in the middle of the night to feed the baby. Sure, you'll do it if you have to, but most men are like Rob: they can come home from work, play with the baby for 20 minutes and be content. I can't." Searching for the correct analogy to explain her profound attachment to her baby, she reviewed her not-too-distant past and said assuredly, "It's like when you first get a boyfriend-you think about him all the time."

This week, mom, son and traveling nanny are in Washington for the Virginia Slims tournament-you could hear Holden in the stands the other day, squealing delightedly as his mother served-while Rob competes in Memphis. Next week, they reunite in Philadelphia. "We'll never be more than one week apart," Carling vowed. "You have no idea how many hours we've put into our scheduling."

Now that she's back on the tour, there is the question of how motherhood will affect her play. Why she came back is easier to answer: "I got tired of staying at home," she said with the understandable impatience of youth. "Every day was the same. I'm 21. And at 21, I'm not ready for every day to be the same. I'm more ambitious than that."

Anyway, there's the matter of money. She's financially secure; the Bassetts are an ultra rich Canadian family, and the combination of Carling's beauty and athletic talent made her an endorsement agent's dream. But as she pointed out, "You can always be more financially secure." Indeed, it was her commercial obligations that prompted a premature comeback three months after giving birth. It ended last fall when Carling experienced stomach problems. Washington was her first tournament this winter, and she won her opening match breezing. But Steffi Graf hosed her off the court yesterday.

Carling says she's healthy, faster than ever, although not as strong. She's so trim, a bit thin actually, almost bony. (Memo to mothers: Stop reading this paragraph. Skip immediately to next paragraph. Do not read the next sentence.) She doesn't look like she had a child at all. "Not now, no," Carling said. "But I did. Believe me, you know you had a child after you have one. God, I did so many sit-ups, hundreds a day, to get rid of that stomach flab. I was lucky, I didn't have much water weight, I had mostly baby." Making an exaggerated tug at a belly as flat as a Kansas highway, she said, "But I had this roll . . . "

Most women athletes postpone having children until their careers are over. There are so few comeback moms it's hard to find a measuring stick on their success rate. Evonne Goolagong had a child at 26, and won Wimbledon three years later. Nancy Lopez has won golf tournaments since having children, but not nearly as many as before. Evelyn Ashford ran faster after having her child. We await Mary Decker Slaney's resolution. Carling is the youngest mother in this group. Physiologically, it may be easiest on her. But parenting can be so emotionally taxing-not to mention the physical drain, like when you're on an airplane to Europe and your toddler wants to walk all the way-that she may not be able to concentrate on tennis. "Athletes are very selfish and egotistical," she said. "You have to be that way-that's where confidence comes from. When you have a child, you can't think of yourself 110 percent of the time. Things aren't done for you anymore."

Such a sober evaluation indicates Carling doesn't think she'll be a top-10 player again-four years ago she was ranked as high as No. 8-while toting Holden along. Nor is she giving herself a long runway to make up the lost ground because she plans to have another baby "in the next three or four years." On the other hand, when did she say she was Graf to begin with? "If I can put on some weight and train and have a couple of wins, I'll be as good as ever," she said. "I was never that great. I got to some quarters {French Open in 1984 and 1986; U.S. Open semifinals in 1984}, but I had good draws. I didn't beat the seeds once I got there. I beat Hana Mandlikova twice"-Carling rolled her eyes as if to say, `Give me a break'-"but everybody beat Hana Mandlikova."

People who know Carling say that becoming a mother changed her. Apparently, she was spacey. She regularly misplaced rackets and valises; a friend joked she was afraid Carling would misplace Holden, too. To everyone's delight, she's now organized and responsible. It's called growing up, and it comes, like wind from the west, at different times to different people. The only thing they all agree on is that they can feel it. "Before, I had no worries. Everything was done for me. Tennis was my whole life, and all I cared about was me. Now, my husband and child are my life. Tennis is just my job," said Carling Bassett Seguso, done with her match and on her way to pick up her son.

Jun 3rd, 2003, 03:47 AM
An Article with some fun tidbits (Bud Collins, etc) and some serious oertones:

Bassett reached for the top Best women's player to represent Canada to be honoured for her outstanding career

Tuesday, November 6, 2001
The Globe and Mail

There once was a young girl who punctuated her sentences with a jaunty, "Know what I mean, jellybean?" much the same way she ended rallies on the tennis court with winners off her awesome backhand. She was the child who, when she was nine years old and living in Birmingham, Ala., cut her hair short and wore boys' clothing, disguising herself as Tommy Terrific to compete with the lads at the local tennis club.


"Once she proved she was good enough to play with the boys, she became a girl again," her mother later explained.

Meet Toronto's Carling Bassett, now Bassett Seguso, and tonight at the ripe old age of 34 she will be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. She is only the second tennis player, after 1950s and 1960s great Bob Bedard, to receive such an honour.

Bill Hunter, Herb Carnegie and Denis Potvin from the hockey world and snooker legend Cliff Thorburn also will be formally inducted during a dinner at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Bassett Seguso is the daughter of Susan Carling Bassett of London, Ont., whose great, great grandfather, Sir John Carling, played an important role in Canada's Confederation debate and whose great grandfather, Thomas, founded a brewery that made the family name famous.

Her father, the late John F. Bassett, is from the prominent Toronto family that had interests in the media (newspapers and television stations) and sports teams (the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Argonauts). John F. himself was a colourful figure who at times owned hockey teams in Toronto and Birmingham, as well as football teams in Toronto, Memphis and Tampa Bay. He had played on the 1959 Canadian Davis Cup team and when his daughter showed a determination to become a "real" tennis player, he took her to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which was then home to rising stars such as Jimmy Arias, Aaron Krickstein and Kathleen Horvath.

On Dec. 9, 1978, when she was 11, Carling moved into Bollettieri's house with his family and nine other young players. She won the under-18 title at the prestigious Orange Bowl junior event in Miami at 15 in 1982 and turned pro a few months later. Slight and unimposing physically, she rode a fierce competitive drive and glorious backhand stroke to success on the pro tour.

Globe and Mail columnist David Mcfarlane wrote about that two-handed shot after watching her at Wimbledon in 1983. "When first you see it, it looks like an optical illusion, as if a few frames of film have been edited out: one instant she is poised, the next she has finished her follow through."

Bassett had two major career highlights, and both involved legendary American Chris Evert. In 1984, at the WTA Championships in Amelia Island, Fla., she led the world No. 2 by 4-2 in the third set of their U.S.-televised final before losing 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

"I didn't think you were that good," said NBC-TV's Bud Collins to her in a postmatch interview. "Neither did I," a bubbly Bassett replied.

Her second highlight was reaching the 1984 U.S. Open semi-finals, beating Czech Hana Mandlikova in the quarter-finals before losing to Evert. She reached a career-high world ranking of No. 8 in 1985 and twice was a French Open quarter-finalist and once an Australian Open quarter-finalist. Her only tournament victory was in 1987 in Strasbourg, France. She was ranked No. 1 in Canada from 1982 to 1986, the year that her father died of a brain tumour.

The next year she married talented American player Robert Seguso, who won doubles titles at Wimbledon (twice) and the French and U.S. Opens. They had their first child, Holden, in 1988. Ridley and Carling soon followed.

The Bassett Seguso family now lives in Boca Raton, Fla., and all three children are active and athletic, and could one day again make the Bassett and Seguso names familiar on the international tennis scene.

Bassett Seguso was considered an Anna Kournikova of her time and in 1983 acted in the movie Spring Fever. It was about young tennis players and was produced by her father. For a while, she also had a contract with the prestigious Ford modeling agency.

She is certainly the best-known and probably the best women's player to represent Canada. Vancouver's Helen Kelesi is a close second. She had a longer career, with more consistent results, but failed to reach Bassett Seguso's heights.

One memorable moment, at least in John F. Bassett's eyes, was when his daughter became Canadian National champion at 14.

His death when she was only 18, as well as raising her own family, profoundly affected Bassett Seguso's career. She was never quite the same player, even though she had occasional moments of being Tommy Terrific until her last year on tour in 1990.

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Jun 3rd, 2003, 04:04 AM
Dancing with Johann Kriek at a Chris Evert Charity Event in 1999:


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Jun 3rd, 2003, 04:54 PM
Funny how she was named after a brewery! It's a good fit though-and it sounds like a woman's name.

Jun 29th, 2003, 06:26 PM

5. Ladies' 35 & Over Doubles
Carling Bassett-Seguso (USA)
Anne Smith (USA)
v. Jo Durie (GBR)
Gretchen Magers (USA)

Carling is playing tomorrow on court 18 in wimbledon :)

good luck carling!

Jul 16th, 2003, 08:43 PM
Unfortunately Carling lost her Doubles match in the Ladies 35 & over doubles Draw:

Ladies' 35 & Over Doubles

Jo Durie GBR
Gretchen Magers USA
Carling Bassett-Seguso USA
Anne Smith USA

6-2, 7-5

Worst of all....I have found no pictures of what I am sure is still quite an attractive team of Carling and Anne Smith (isn't she the one famous for wearing the "white cat suit" at Wimbledon ... the tournament directors had to meet overnight to ban this outfit??)

Jul 17th, 2003, 08:18 AM
No thats Anne White.

Anne Smith is more the shorts type

Aug 2nd, 2003, 04:28 AM
No thats Anne White.

Anne Smith is more the shorts type

yup....you're correct....don't think she'd look all that good in a cat suit after all !!! :) :D ;)

Aug 2nd, 2003, 04:31 AM
Here's a pic of Chris Evert and Carling watching the $10,000
"Evert Satellite" tournament in Boca Raton in January 2003

Champions Chris Evert and Carling Bassett-Seguso

from tennis.info

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Aug 2nd, 2003, 06:00 AM
Carling in the stands of an exhibition doubles match at the ITC event
at Delray Beach, FL
March 2003
http://www.tennis.info/images/ITC3/Exhibition/Ridley4945.jpg .http://www.tennis.info/images/ITC3/Exhibition/Carling4946.jpg
But, as much as the fans were disappointed by the withdrawal of the
Jensens from the tournament, no-one went home disappointed by this mixture of fun and fine tennis - especially future pro Ridley Seguso and
proud Mom, Carling...

Aug 2nd, 2003, 06:04 AM
At Nasdaq 100 in Miami (March 2003)
watching USA's Ally Baker get beat by Marion Bartoli (ITA) in the 1st Round
The match was also watched by some knowledgeable spectators -
Carling Bassett-Seguso, husband Robert and younger son Ridley who
featured in an unexpected doubles exhibition at the International Tennis
Championships at Delray Beach 2 weeks ago.

Feb 10th, 2004, 02:48 PM
A healthy bump as people as talking about here in GM.

Apr 21st, 2004, 07:45 AM
ANY sightings of Carling at the Florida Tournaments?

Apr 21st, 2004, 04:16 PM
I remember watching that 83 Amelia Island match and I don't see how anyone could have avoided falling in love with her. She was a solid player but didn't have any real weapons. I think she accomplished a lot in her short career mainly due to tenacity which I admire her for.

Of course she and Hana didn't get along. I don't know the origins of it but I do know that Hana made some nasty remark about Carling's dad being wealthy. I caught Carling's comments about beating Hana, so I'd just remind her that Hana had a winning record against Carling, but then again EVERYONE had a winning record against Carling! :devil: :lol: Its true, but I'm only kidding!!! ;)

Kathy Rinaldi
Apr 22nd, 2004, 12:18 AM
Carling Bassett ? :( :fiery: :mad: :fiery: :( :mad: :tape: I demand this thread be deleted immediately. What do I remember about Carling? Well I guess it has to be the peroxide hair and the serve that was and still is wobblier than Nathalie Le Tauziat's considerable butt. :mad:

Apr 22nd, 2004, 12:28 AM
I smell an 80s bubblegum blowing blonde babe bitchout cat-fight coming on...

Don't scratch each others eyes out girls!!!!!:smash: :boxing:

Apr 22nd, 2004, 12:36 AM
Carling Bassett ? :( :fiery: :mad: :fiery: :( :mad: :tape: I demand this thread be deleted immediately. What do I remember about Carling? Well I guess it has to be the peroxide hair and the serve that was and still is wobblier than Nathalie Le Tauziat's considerable butt. :mad:
Bonsoir Kathy :mad: I may have une considerable butt but I least I managed to haul my butt into une Grand Slam finale. Your little sundresses and size 6 waist may have caught le attention of les guys on le ATP tour ( and severale of those poor guys 'caught' more than just your attention didnt they Kathy? I know Brad Gilbert had to retire from une match caused by le itching :o) but it did not get you le love and recognition of une Wimbledon finaliste and former world number trois like moi Kathy.

Apr 22nd, 2004, 07:06 AM
Ah, now we're talking here! One of my favorites from the 80s. She was really cute and I enjoyed watching her during her short time on the tour. Quite an airhead as I recall. The quote from the always gracious in defeat Mandlikova came at the US Open quarters and it was to the effect of why is she playing, doesn't her father have enough money? I remember a nice doubles match at the Open with her playing with Chrissie. Kept a lot of us boys happy to be at that match. Now that's tennis! Interesting comparison with Kournikova although Bassett wasn't a bitch. BTW, anyone have a good copy of that Amelia Final on tape? I had bad reception on mine.

Apr 22nd, 2004, 01:32 PM
Of course she and Hana didn't get along. I don't know the origins of it but I do know that Hana made some nasty remark about Carling's dad being wealthy. I caught Carling's comments about beating Hana, so I'd just remind her that Hana had a winning record against Carling, but then again EVERYONE had a winning record against Carling! :devil: :lol: Its true, but I'm only kidding!!! ;)
Carling beat Hana at the US Open qtrs and Hana wasn't happy! She basically said that carling could play without pressure because even if she lost she was rich enough (because of daddy) to handle it!! Carling replied that even if you have a penny or a million the critical thing on the tennis court is to fight and play your best!

Apr 22nd, 2004, 02:06 PM
Carling beat Hana at the US Open qtrs and Hana wasn't happy! She basically said that carling could play without pressure because even if she lost she was rich enough (because of daddy) to handle it!! Carling replied that even if you have a penny or a million the critical thing on the tennis court is to fight and play your best!

Carling certainly had the right attitude. That's really disappointing considering Hana's behavior earlier that year. At that particular Open she made her amends with Chris and Martina only to start a row with the bubble gum queen! Didn't make much sense but it was rather Hana-esque.

Apr 22nd, 2004, 03:22 PM
"Hana-esque":lol: I love it! You had to like Hana for speaking her mind-even if it made me mad at times or she said stupid things. Could you see her today dealing with Conchita Martinez or Jennifer Capriati? That would be some show.

Apr 22nd, 2004, 08:37 PM
"Hana-esque":lol: I love it! You had to like Hana for speaking her mind-even if it made me mad at times or she said stupid things. Could you see her today dealing with Conchita Martinez or Jennifer Capriati? That would be some show.

Rollo, I wasn't old enough then, but if Hana acted that way now I'd just have to lay her across my knee and spank her! :smash: However all the little kooky things that made her unique on the tennis tour are also part of why I loved her so much. She could have been a female Sampras but then I would have been so bored with that!

Sep 9th, 2005, 01:35 AM
Bump up to go with the "Carling Darling" thread. BTW-does anyone have a tape of Carling's breakout match vs. Chris Evert at Amelia Island in 1983?

Sep 9th, 2005, 04:04 AM
hey, carling plays her first round doubles with partner catarina LINDQVIST tomorrow! so the mixed dbls was a bust (pun intended), but she's still at the open with high hopes! i must say, those 2 girls are a charming pair. :worship:

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Mar 14th, 2006, 05:07 PM
carling should not talk of mr seguso that way!! :eek:

Mar 14th, 2006, 05:11 PM
as i have mentioned on these boards before, one of my most cherished matches of my childhood was the tape-worn copy of my 1983 amelia island final of chris evert & carling bassett. what a dramatic match with such fantastic rallies! so much so that it was stolen from my home in 1986 and i never did recover.

well, the person who stole this perfect 83 match was, i am almost certain, a very tall & strange boy with thick glasses named erik who lived down the street. it was not lost in a robbery, but to a carling bassett fanatic. while i was fairly sure he had taken it, he had an over-protective mother who watched over her boy like a hawk and i could already sense he may be too fragile to press too directly on such a matter. whenever i visit my mothers house, i still sneer as i drive past his apartment, knowing my tape is very likely on one of those shelves collecting dust.

but i am happy to announce that i guess i can let that all go now...it has been rectified. i have found a copy!!! :drool:

this is the type of confessional purging that can only be shared with & be understood by other "Freaks Of Tennis Past" like you guys! So I am glad you're here to share these special moments with. isnt it beautiful? :sad:

Aug 7th, 2006, 07:33 PM
Does anyone have the pic from the Lipton Tennis Calender where she is on the beach?

Apr 11th, 2009, 06:57 PM
Wow! You know, she grew up in a ritzi neighbourhood here in Toronto. I have actually chatted with her mom a couple of times while she was running TV Ontario