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Geisha
Apr 19th, 2008, 09:59 PM
I just finished the book, which recounts the incredible rivalry between Evert and Navratilova. Have you read it?

Dave.
Apr 19th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Yeah, tis a great book! Really interesting stuff and very well written IMO.

Geisha
Apr 19th, 2008, 10:11 PM
Yeah, tis a great book! Really interesting stuff and very well written IMO.

Agreed. Don't you feel more knowledgeable about tennis? I learned so much about Navratilova and Evert's pasts, and how their rivalry evolved and developed. But, I also learned the history of women's professional tennis, and how Billie Jean and the other women of that era put everything on the line to play tennis for a living.

Dave.
Apr 19th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Agreed. Don't you feel more knowledgeable about tennis? I learned so much about Navratilova and Evert's pasts, and how their rivalry evolved and developed. But, I also learned the history of women's professional tennis, and how Billie Jean and the other women of that era put everything on the line to play tennis for a living.

Yeah, more knowledgable about tennis, but also about the communist countries back then and how hard it was for Martina to even play tournaments. Plus all their other struggles like Martina's sexuality.

But I agree with you too, I felt I learnt alot more about how much of a struggle it was for them to form the tour and get it going. I don't think any interview on tv or article gave me a better insight than this book.

It's a really fascinating book and I recommend it to any tennis fan.

partbrit
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:17 AM
I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it.

kiwifan
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:48 AM
I read it. I own it. I love it. :cool:

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:53 AM
Read it. Love it. Own it.

samsam4087
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:58 AM
The Rivalry of the Century

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The fairy-tale rivalry between Martina Navrátilová and Chris Evert will go down in history as the greatest-ever rivalry in womens tennis. How many players ever got to play each other 80 times? In the annals of sport, it is very rare to find a rivalry that matches this one.

The two first met in the first round of the 1973 Akron Open in Akron, Ohio. Chris, 18, was already a top 5 player and well-established on the tennis scene. Martina, 16, was in her first full-year on the short-lived USLTA Tour, and on her first visit to the United States. Evert won this first encounter 7-6(5-4) 6-3.

Over the years, the two would go on to meet each other 79 more times, culminating in their last meeting at the 1988 Virginia Slims of Chicago finals with Martina winning 6-2 6-2. They both had their highs and lows during this 16-year rivalry. At one time in the 70s, Chris had a 14-2 advantage over Martina. At another in the 80s, Martina won 13 consecutive matches over Chris. It is difficult to pick one match that could stand out as their greatest match ever. But the three that stand out in my mind include the 1981 US Open semifinal, Martina winning 7-5 4-6 6-4; the 1985 French Open final, Chris winning 6-3 6-7(4-7) 7-5; and the 1987 Wimbledon semifinal, Martina winning 6-2 5-7 6-4.

But despite their frequent battles on the court, the two remained close friends throughout and still do to this day. They both competed on the Legends Tour, with Team Evert going against Team Navrátilová. Tennis has been greatly fortunate to have had these two fine sportswomen - and their spectacular rivalry. Thank you, Martina and Chris!


A Complete Record of the Navrátilová-Evert Rivalry



Year Place Winner Score
1973 Akron, Ohio, USA Evert 7-6 6-3
1973 St. Petersburg, Floria, USA Evert 7-5 6-3
1974 San Francisco, USA Evert 6-7 6-4 6-1
1974 Italian Open Evert 6-3 6-3
1975 San Francisco, USA Evert 6-4 6-3
1975 Washington, D.C., USA Navrátilová 3-6 6-4 7-6
1975 Akron, Ohio, USA Evert 6-3 6-1
1975 Chicago, USA Navrátilová 6-4 6-0
1975 Philadelphia, USA Evert 7-6 6-4
1975 Los Angeles, USA Evert 6-4 6-2
1975 Amelia Island, Floria, USA Evert 7-5 6-4
1975 Italian Open Evert 6-1 6-0
1975 French Open Evert 2-6 6-2 6-1
1975 U.S. Open Evert 6-4 6-4
1975 Atlanta, USA Evert 2-6 6-2 6-0
1975 Orlando, Florida, USA Evert w.o.
1976 Austin, Texas, USA Evert 6-0 6-3
1976 Houston, USA Navrátilová 6-3 6-4
1976 Wimbledon Evert 6-3 4-6 6-4
1977 Washington, D.C., USA Navrátilová 6-2 6-3
1977 Seattle, Washington, USA Evert 6-2 6-4
1977 Los Angeles, USA Evert 6-2 2-6 6-1
1977 Philadelphia, USA Evert 6-4 4-6 6-3
1977 Tucson, Arizona, USA Evert 6-3 7-6
1977 Colgate Series Championships Evert 6-4 6-1
1978 Eastbourne, UK Navrátilová 6-4 4-6 9-7
1978 Wimbledon Navrátilová 2-6 6-4 7-5
1978 Atlanta, USA Evert 7-6 0-6 6-3
1978 Palm Springs, California, USA Evert 6-3 6-3
1978 Tokyo, Japan Evert 7-5 6-2
1979 Oakland, California, USA Navrátilová 7-5 7-5
1979 Los Angeles, USA Evert 6-3 6-4
1979 Dallas, USA Navrátilová 6-4 6-4
1979 Eastbourne, UK Evert 7-5 5-7 13-11
1979 Wimbledon Navrátilová 6-4 6-4
1979 Phoenix, Arizona, USA Navrátilová 6-1 6-3
1979 Brighton, UK Navrátilová 6-3 6-3
1980 Chicago, USA Navrátilová 6-4 6-4
1980 Wimbledon Evert 4-6 6-4 6-2
1980 Brighton, UK Evert 6-4 5-7 6-3
1980 Tokyo, Japan Navrátilová 7-6 6-2
1981 Colgate Series Championships Navrátilová w.o.
1981 Amelia Island, Florida, USA Evert 6-0 6-0
1981 U.S. Open Navrátilová 7-5 4-6 6-4
1981 Tokyo, Japan Navrátilová 6-3 6-2
1981 Sydney, Australia Evert 6-4 2-6 6-1
1981 Australian Open Navrátilová 6-7 6-4 7-5
1982 Wimbledon Navrátilová 6-1 3-6 6-2
1982 Brighton, UK Navrátilová 6-1 6-4
1982 Australian Open Evert 6-3 2-6 6-3
1982 Toyota Championships Navrátilová 4-6 6-1 6-2
1983 Dallas, USA Navrátilová 6-4 6-0
1983 Virginia Slims Championships Navrátilová 6-2 6-0
1983 Los Angeles, USA Navrátilová 6-1 6-3
1983 Canadian Open Navrátilová 6-4 4-6 6-1
1983 U.S. Open Navrátilová 6-1 6-3
1983 Tokyo, Japan Navrátilová 6-2 6-2
1984 East Hanover, New Jersey, USA Navrátilová 6-2 7-6
1984 Virginia Slims Championships Navrátilová 6-3 7-5 6-1
1984 Amelia Island, Florida, USA Navrátilová 6-2 6-0
1984 French Open Navrátilová 6-3 6-1
1984 Wimbledon Navrátilová 7-6 6-2
1984 U.S. Open Navrátilová 4-6 6-4 6-4
1985 Key Biscayne, Florida, USA Evert 6-2 6-4
1985 Delray Beach, Florida, USA Navrátilová 6-2 6-4
1985 Dallas, USA Navrátilová 6-3 6-4
1985 French Open Evert 6-3 6-7 7-5
1985 Wimbledon Navrátilová 4-6 6-3 6-2
1985 Australian Open Navrátilová 6-2 4-6 6-2
1986 Dallas, USA Navrátilová 6-2 6-1
1986 French Open Evert 2-6 6-3 6-3
1986 Los Angeles, USA Navrátilová 7-6 6-3
1987 Houston, USA Evert 3-6 6-1 7-6
1987 French Open Navrátilová 6-2 6-2
1987 Wimbledon Navrátilová 6-2 5-7 6-4
1987 Los Angeles, USA Evert 6-2 6-1
1987 Filderstadt, FRG Navrátilová 7-5 6-1
1988 Australian Open Evert 6-2 7-5
1988 Houston, USA Evert 6-0 6-4
1988 Wimbledon Navrátilová 6-1 4-6 7-5
1988 Filderstadt, FRG Navrátilová 6-2 6-3
1988 Chicago, USA Navrátilová 6-2 6-2

Navrátilová leads 43-37

Surface breakdown:
Cement: Navrátilová 9-7
Clay: Evert 11-3
Grass: Navrátilová 10-5
Indoors: Navrátilová 21-14

Year-by-Year breakdown:
1973: Evert 2-0
1974: Evert 2-0
1975: Evert 9-2
1976: Evert 2-1
1977: Evert 5-1
1978: Evert 3-2
1979: Navrátilová 5-2
1980: Tied 2-2
1981: Navrátilová 3-2
1982: Navrátilová 3-1
1983: Navrátilová 6-0
1984: Navrátilová 6-0
1985: Navrátilová 4-2
1986: Navrátilová 2-1
1987: Navrátilová 3-2
1988: Navrátilová 3-2

Grand Slam breakdown
Australian Open: Tied 2-2
French Open: Evert 3-2
Wimbledon: Navrátilová 7-2
U.S. Open: Navrátilová 3-1

Sally Todd
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:59 AM
Read it. Love it. Own it.

I concur with everyone above. Anytime Johnette Howard is feeling low she should look up this thread. :lol:

I wish there were more excellent tennis books. It's good the Navratilova-Evert rivalry got its own book (and a focused, well-written one at that). Places like ESPN always rank it too low when they do do their "historical" assessments of great rivalries and the like.

Howard's book also makes me wish that Chris had written a decent autobiography that reflected more of her personality. And I wish that Martina would update and expand upon her autobiography, which is also an enjoyable and informative read.

OrdinaryfoolisNJ
Apr 20th, 2008, 03:09 AM
Howard's book also makes me wish that Chris had written a decent autobiography that reflected more of her personality. And I wish that Martina would update and expand upon her autobiography, which is also an enjoyable and informative read.

I wish the same with both Chris and Martina. Of course, with all of the changes going on with Chris in her personal life and with her academy, perhaps hers will be better written in a few more years. Perhaps Martina's also, since I'd like her to be fully retired a few more years so that we can see what she ultimately does post tennis.

darrinbaker00
Apr 20th, 2008, 05:23 AM
I wish the same with both Chris and Martina. Of course, with all of the changes going on with Chris in her personal life and with her academy, perhaps hers will be better written in a few more years. Perhaps Martina's also, since I'd like her to be fully retired a few more years so that we can see what she ultimately does post tennis.
Chrissie needs to write two books: one on her tennis career, and one on her love life. :hehehe:

Mikey B
Apr 20th, 2008, 08:35 AM
yes its a great book!!! i read it just as i was seriously getting into tennis and it was great in teaching me about the game.. was very well written and really enjoyable.. i think i read in a few hours though!! lol!

faboozadoo15
Apr 20th, 2008, 10:09 AM
It's an amazing book.

How much better would tennis be if Pova/Venus/Serena and Henin/Ana/Jelena/Kuz played around 7 times per year? It's pretty sad if you think about it.