chris was here in NY for an event pushing tennis mag at the us open which was held at grand central. i was supposed to see her but was in maine with my family, of all weeks. she was there with tracy and juan carlos ferrero (hot!
). but as for a 'friendly hit' with TA...it couldnt have happened in grand central station, unless it was table-tennis! it is morelikely she caressed some balls with juan-carlos.
while i missed out on it, my friend at tennisweek hit with evert and said she did not miss a ball in a full half-hour of hitting. not one error. and the ball was within 3 inches of the baseline on almost every shot...she's in great form and is now into 'extreme sports' as well...dirt-bike racing is her favorite!! so she's not intimidated by the whole power angle of today; she's more aggressive NOW!!
i would not be surprised if chris is more mobile, and tracy is stiff by nature, as stated...and both work a fair amount with younger players at their academies. but anyway...i have some play from 95 with chris & saggy-tits-turnbull against tracy & martina in doubles. at one point, chris barks out, 'when do I
get to play with martina!' which did not go over well with wendy, but the implication was that she didnt think she & wendy were losing because of tracy. (but then, in any case, watching them in doubles is not the style of play they would employ in singles...)
but bottom line is that chris had far longer to develop and expand the parameters of her game against the world's top competition of the 7 years following tracy's retirement, which is substantial. how they've since developed against the 15 year olds at their academies in between baby-feedings would be far secondary, i would imagine. And the 10 years between being 40 & 50 is less significant than those existing in your prime years of being in your 20s...so that also falls in chris' favor.