Originally Posted by newmark401
I thought Tracy Austin sounded disingenuous when she claimed that her favourite player, or the one she idolised, was Evonne Cawley. Chris Evert was justified in saying what she did about Austin basing her game on Evert's. Tracy Austin looked quite defensive during the exchange in question. I couldn't help remembering how many major singles titles (2) she had won compared to Evert (18).
Does idolizing a player necessarily mean patterning your game (or on-court behavior) after him/her? I think especially of McEnroe and Laver; while they were both nominally serve-and-volleyers, there is some difference in both game and, er, attitude. Or even just further on the WTA 40-Love thing: there's Martina Hingis saying Monica Seles was her idol growing up, followed immediately by Monica Seles saying Martina Navratilova was her idol. Not much similarity there.