Originally Posted by BCP
There were a couple of BFTP moments in that interview. I kinda agree with you that he was particularly harsh on Madge. I think that he wasn't a fan of hers, but he may not be as aware of her record (though this would be VERY hard to believe............)
BCP ... it's funny how there are many tennis fans and journos who are not particularly fond of Madge. I can attribute it to a number of factors:
1- She was very conservative in her presentation. When many of the gals during the 60s looked glamorous in their stunning Teddy Tinling creations, Madge opted for rather the conservative Fred Perry line. I don't think this won her too many admirers. She looked positively dowdy compared to most of her rivals.
2- She wasn't as feminine looking as many of the other stars of the era eg. Bueno, Goolagong, Wade, Evert, Turner, Reynolds and so on.
3- She played like a man. Had the most powerful serve on tour, huge reach, attacking game. Not as attractive in her shotmaking as Goolagong, Evert, Buneo etc. Her shots were more like thunderbolts than arrows.
4- She was pretty much dominant during most of her career. Naturally many opted to cheer for the underdogs.
5- Most likely an element of jealousy amongst her many of her peers for her extraordinary record. I have no doubt about this aspect.
6- Lack of positive press. Most of the press on Margaret these days focusses on her opinions on homosexuality rather than her tennis exploits. Very rarely will you ever see an accurate article on her career. Most journos have innacurate and incomplete data to go by eg. they think Navratilova has won the most tournaments ever. There is no real accessible data (except for these great threads) that documents Court's deeds. Most journos are badly misinformed and players from the pre-Open era are largely disadvantaged.
7- Out of sight. Margaret has basically left the sport behind in her search for God. Out of sight, out of mind. Many of the other greats continue their involvement in the sport and stay firmly implanted in the minds of older and new fans.
Anyway, just some of my thoughts about why Madge isn't as popular as many other heroines from our sport. You all know how much I admire the tennis player that was Margaret Court. I have been lucky to have seen many of her matches (on tape) and met the woman.
But this thread is really about Chris Evert, and Christine Maree is another of my all time favourite tennis idols so happy to hand the thread back to this living legend.
Now if I could just get hold of one of Evert's Teddy Tinling outfits to go with the collection.