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Old Oct 18th, 2002, 09:39 AM   #76
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One of Chris's best tournaments was the 1985 French Open. This probably did so much to persuade her that she still had plenty to offer as a world-class player.

Taken from 'Open Tennis' by Richard Evans, here his description of that tournament and the final between Martina and Chris.

As usual I am too lazy to type everything at once......

To reach the final Mrs. Lloyd, as she was at the time, had to overcome a little piece of history in the making. A stunning newcomer from Argentina with a name that sounded like a hot breath from the pampas, Gabriella Sabatini, had beaten young Bulgarian clay-court specialist Manuela Maleeva to become, at the age of 15 years and a few days, the youngest player to ever reach the semi-final of a Grand Slam championship. Parisians can never resist feminine beauty and, seeing it flower suddenley on a tennis court, they cast aside past prejudices to pack the Centre Court for Gabriella's match against Chris.
The teenager looked beautiful and the spectators cheerered her every move but Chris had played that role herself and once remembered how a Forest Hill crowd had reduced poor Franciose Durr to tears when she had played that delightful French girl at the very start of her own career. So Chris refused to be rattled and concentrated furiously as she knew she must, allowing Gabriella only five points in the five games to win 6-4 6-1.
It was noticed in passing that Chris had beaten another tennager of talent on her way to the final, a 15 year old from West Germany called Steffi Graf. In their press conference, both Martina and Chris were being asked how long they would keep going and Miss Navratilova replied that she didn't see anyone who posed a threat. 'I don't see anyone taking over until we retire, which isn't so far away' she said.
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Old Oct 19th, 2002, 01:16 AM   #77
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Considering sge had managed only one victory in their last 14 meetings and had been soundly beaten 6-3 6-1 by Martina in the corresponding final the previous year, Chris did not walk out on the huge Centre Court on the warm Parisian afternoon with the spring of confidence in her stride.
'She had killed me the year before' Chris told me recently. 'All I remembered was how well she could play on the red clay even though it was the surface that gave me the best chance against her'.
In her semi final against the powerful West German Claudia Kodhe Kilsch, Martina had looked a little tentative on occasion and the lack of rhythm which had developed in that match carried over into the final. Her service, in particular, was affected and Chris was able to capitalise on that in the early stages, moving with authoritative ease to a 6-3 4-2 lead, and then led 0-40 on Martina's serve. Cornered, the left hander struck back, claws flashing, and some devastating serves, backed by equally punishing volleys, allowed her to hold serve, break back and in a sudden turn around, grab the tie-breaker by 7 to 4 to level the match.
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Old Oct 19th, 2002, 07:49 PM   #78
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hey chrissie fans take a look at this. of course i voted 'no'! but thought you might like the picture!
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But the damage had already been done. Those opening games had lifted the air of inferiority that had hung over Chris in her matches with Martina in the previous couple of years and suddenly she was her assertive self again.
‘Right from the start I realized I was playing even with her and then I was winning’. Chris recalled. ‘It was an unfamiliar position to be in but it felt good, especially when I realized the tactics John had thought out for me were working’.
After their separation of the previous year, John Lloyd was back at Chris’s side in Paris that June and, having watched the pair play so many times through the expert eyes of a top player, he had devised some unorthodox tactics in an attempt to break up Martina’s game.
‘John suggested I stay back and hit more looped balls to the forehand’ Chris explained ‘ Before I had been hitting flat and that had enabled her to chip and come in. She’d do that off the backhand very effectively, too, so switching the point of attack helped’.
These tactics had been tried out during the practice sessions against Jerome Vainer, a French left-hander who had been at SMU under Chris’s long time coach Dennis Ralston. Now, in the heat of battle, they were paying off and even if the tennis, disrupted by the gusty wind and nerves that jangled in both women’s elbows, was too patchy to be rated at the very highest level, the excitement never abated and the crowd was totally captivated by the spectacle of these two great champions dueling with an intensity and pride that only seemed to increase with the passing years.
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Thanks for all the recent posts on Chris (and in other sections too!) Louloubelle-they're great.
Love em I got a real feel for how she prepared-the practive vs. a lefty and John's being back at her side to help were details I'd never dreamed of. You put a whole new spin on that match for me.
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A plug for Racquel's link; This a HILARIOUS site complete with a dorky pic of Chris with some goof. I voted (not annoying of course!) and can report that Chrissie is only 33% annoying so far.

BTW-this page said Evert was a vegetarian. Guess she got her share of meat from other sources....

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No worries Rollo, there's more to come... lol @ 'meat' joke

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Refusing to be disheartened by Martina's sudden revival, Chris quickly regained the initiative at the start of the third set and led 3-1 before the lefthander broke back again to level at 3-3. Again Chris edged in front, threading backhand passes down the line after punishing returns of serve to lead 5-3. But by now the tempo was quickening with every step, like a cancan of the courts, hearts aflutter, the sensation of a swirling skirt or a flashing racket upping the beat until it seemed as if the whole match had been transported on to the great windmill of the Moulin Rouge. But there was no choreographer to bring us to the end of this cabaret. The magic of sport is that no one can design the ending; no one knows who will end up at the top of the windmill.
One minute the money was on Mrs. Lloyd and then, once again, Miss Navratilova pounced, allowing a shocked opponent only one point out of the next 12 to pull back to 5-5 and 0-40 on Chris's serve
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This is great louloubelle! It's good to relive such a great moment in tennis history. Yet such a BAD moment in Pam Shriver history! If Chris had lost that FO final against Martina, I'm sure she would've called it a day and then I could've moved up to number 2 that year behind Martina (I was number 3, well for some of the year anyway!) and could've made a whole bunch of GS finals...it could've happened! I SWEAR!!!
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Oh Pam-perhaps if you had made a rule that only 6 foot tall women who serve and volleyed could enter slams-MAYBE then you would have one one or two

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Pam... who knows how this story may go..... what's stopping me from typing something like.....

As Chris lost 5-7 in the 3rd, she brought down the curtain on a magnificent career. The next year, Navratilova gunning after her 3rd consecutive French title faced the no. 2 seed Pam Shriver in the final who hadn't played the French for 5 years. The challenges of Graf, Sabatini, Maleeva and Mandlikova were stopped by the talented Australians, Anne Minter, Liz Smylie, Di Balestrat and evergreen Wendy Turnbull respectively (I had to include this!!) to make Pam's path easier into the final. Shriver stunned Navrtailova 6-2 6-2 with a barrage of huge serves and volleys. The once feared serve of Navratilova's was massacered by Shrivers slice groundstrokes. In tears in the press conference after the final Shriver was asked whether Evert's absence cleared the way for her first slam win. Shriver replied 'If Chris was here I would have ravished her... oooopppps sorry.... uummm it would've been tough'.

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'I thought I'd blown it' Chris admitted. 'On the next point I went for a winner, like you do when you're so far behind'.
'And Martina missed the forehand volley' said Ted Tinling with instant recall. 'That was the shot the lost her the match. It was one of the most outstanding cases I have ever seen of a match being lost on one point'.
Sure enough as Tinling noted, Chris's chin came up, the eyes narrowed and the dainty little strut appeared once again in her walk. She was back in business. With the crowd in a Gallic frenzy, Chris held serve, and when Martina chipped an approach to her backhand on match point in the next game, the lady from Fort Lauderdale hit the backhand she may remember most when the racket finally gets thrown in the closet; the ripping two-hander that sped up the line to earn her the French title for the sixth time.
'I was ecstatic' said Chris ' Beating Martina is always rewarding but doing it in a Grand Slam final is enough to keep you going for another six months'.
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t kept Chris going for longer than that. She returned the following year to win at Roland Garros for a record-breaking 7th time - on this ocassion with a somewhat less hair-raising 3 set defeat of Martina - and so complete the 13th consecutive year in which she had won at least one Grand Slam title.
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Her boyfriends (the ones we know of anyway) and husbands

From 1972 -75 Jimmy Connors

Very serious. When they both won Wimbledon in 1974 and were world #1's the "love double" captured the public's imagination. By year's end they were engaged to be married in November. 5 weeks before the wedding hey postponed it and broke it off. When Connors and his bimbo girlfriend (actress Susan George) came to center court during the 1975 King-Evert semi many thought it upset Evert, costing her the match] Actually, Evert had never beaten King on grass-so it's doubtful it influenced the outcome.



Pro player Trey Waltke. 1975. Evert calls their dates "informal.


Jack Ford-son of President Jerry Ford. Perhpas not so serious.
They dated in 1976.




Burt Reynolds. From late 1976. He gave her a diamond necklace she liked to wear on court in 1977 that read. "#1".


More later ...............

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An article from 1972 on her romance with Connors

Love Match?
Chris Arrives Late --With Friend
by Bill Nichols

Love may make the world go 'round, but it sure raises havoc with tennis practice.

Linda Tuero, Wendy Overton, Valerie Ziegenfuss and Patti Hogan of the United States team all answered Captain Carole Graebner's roll call when the team assembled Monday afternoon at Clark Stadium. But one player was missing. Where was Chris Evert? No one knew, but a few had suspicions. The U. S. gals are getting ready for Australia's finest girl players and the Bonne Bell Cup matches this weekend.

MRS. GRAEBNER WAS , at first, puzzled and, as the minutes passed, was fuming. Carole looked like an upset mother waiting for her teenage daughter to come home from a date. In a way, she was.

Around three o'clock a blue Ford entered the Roxboro School parking lot with a handsome young lad at the wheel and a pretty suntanned lass by his side. It was Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert. Chris was late, and she knew it.

She managed to smile at Carole as she hunched down in the car. But, if ever a cat swallowed a canary, it was Chris, the darling of the tennis world and Jimmy, too.

A ROMANCE BETWEEN the two teenage tennis stars was rumored at this year's Wimbledon championships. They dated, but denied a romance. They're still dating.

Neither would discuss it Monday. In fact, Chris and Jimmy shied away from photographers. "No interviews," chuckled Jimmy, knowing in advance what the questions would be.

On Sunday, after he won both the singles and doubles titles in the Buckeye Championships in Columbus, the 19-year-old Connors said he might get married on the $6500 prize money. "No, don't put that in the paper," he begged.

WHO IS THE INTENDED ONE? "Oh, she lives in Rome, " he said almost evasively, before he came up to Cleveland to see 17-year-old Chris.

Jimmy was in Cleveland and not Rome on Monday. He was with Chris, but today they'll part again. Connors will be in Winston-Salem, NC, to play in a tournament and Chris will remain here.

She should be on time for practice today.

This article originally appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer July 25, 1972
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Happy birthday Chrissie !

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