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Anyone have 'World of Tennis' Report for Amelia Island 1983?!

Chrissie coming back from 2-5 down in the third to 'Darling' Carling Bassett is one of my most treasured matches; the tape of which was viciously stolen from my home back in 1986 by a crazy Bassett hound...I mean, fan-atic.

It was one of the most enjoyable baseline exchanges I've ever seen, and I remember distinctly that Bassett did not choke, but that Chris dug in deep, later saying that she just envisioned the face of the young 15 year old Bassett smiling at the net after winning, and that horrifying thought caused Evert's stirring come back on national television, 7-5 in the third.

If anyone has the report from that tournament they can post, it would be most enjoyed by this .....enthusiast.

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Chrissie coming back from 2-5 down in the third to 'Darling' Carling Bassett is one of my most treasuerd matches; one that was viciously stolen from my home back in 1986 by a crazy Bassett hound...I mean, fan-atic.

It was one of the most enjoyable baseline exchanges I've ever seen, and I remember distinctly that Bassett did not choke, but that Chris dug in deep, later saying that she just envisioned the face of the young 15 year old Bassett smiling at the net after winning, and that horrifying thought caused Evert's stirring come back on national television, 7-5 in the third.

If anyone has the report from that tournament they can post, it would be most enjoyed by this .....enthusiast.

I'll check daze. I remember some of that match. I recall them being in the 3rd and the announcers kept talking about how Chris had never lost to Amelia and she had played all of the big time players there.....but little Carling was getting close. That was the first I ever saw of Bassett and I became an immediate fan of hers.
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I'll check daze. I remember some of that match. I recall them being in the 3rd and the announcers kept talking about how Chris had never lost to Amelia and she had played all of the big time players there.....but little Carling was getting close. That was the first I ever saw of Bassett and I became an immediate fan of hers.
Thanks, HFGA!! me too...I remember Dick Enberg with this surprised tone saying, "Well, maybe we really DO have a real story here!" vaguely admitting that they had merely been hyping Carling for the sake of ratings, and then here she was, on the verge of beating Evert ON clay AT amelia (Chris' home court) where, as you mention, she had never lost before; not even a set, in fact. QUITE dramatic!! Though I will not mention what was to transpire the following year on that very same court: in my assessment, the worst moment of Chrissie's long career. Though, as I said, I will NOT mention it.
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Thanks, HFGA!! me too...I remember Dick Enberg with this surprised tone saying, "Well, maybe we really DO have a real story here!" vaguely admitting that they had merely been hyping Carling for the sake of ratings, and then here she was, on the verge of beating Evert ON clay AT amelia (Chris' home court) where, as you mention, she had never lost before; not even a set, in fact. QUITE dramatic!! Though I will not mention what was to transpire the following year on that very same court: in my assessment, the worst moment of Chrissie's long career. Though, as I said, I will NOT mention it.

Having had to endure several of those type moments that you speak of BECAUSE of Chrissie, shall I remind you?
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Having had to endure several of those type moments that you speak of BECAUSE of Chrissie, shall I remind you?
so true...i guess it is only right that she had to take some of that medicine herself to be fair.
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so true...i guess it is only right that she had to take some of that medicine herself to be fair.

Now see, you handle my taunts so well. When I'd just love to rattle your cage occasionally!!
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(from my copy of world of tennis 1984)

...That set up an unlikely final between the little-known Canadian teenager and the doyen of the tournament, chris evert lloyd. surprisingly, the match provided high drama and some brilliant tennis as evert lloyd recovered from 0-2 in the third set to prevail, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Bassett battled back after losing eight of the first 11 games to drop the first set and trail 0-2 in the second. With nothing to lose, she began to attack the net and pounce on evert lloyd's second serve while manoeuvring chris out of position with an effective dropshot, to take the second set and a 2-0 lead in the third. evert lloyd was tentative, but in the eighth game, bassett squandered a 30-0 lead and lost her service, enabling chris to draw even and break six games later to preserve her florida record. bassett agreed afterwards that the pressure was all on chris. "i'm not disappointed at losing. I was just excited getting to the final", she said.

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Thanks for that account Steffilover. I've not seen that match in 21 years but I do remember it being very exciting in the third set as the score indicates. Not having seen Carling play but a few times, I still would venture to say that was the match of her life.
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Thanks for that account Steffilover. I've not seen that match in 21 years but I do remember it being very exciting in the third set as the score indicates. Not having seen Carling play but a few times, I still would venture to say that was the match of her life.
Thanks steffilover!!

well, HFGA, I do think it was essentially the match of Carling's life, but part of what happened did have to do with her game being a more of a mystery to chris than once carling became a 'known quantity'...a young player and their coaches, who have watched an establish player for many years to identify the strengths & weaknesses of their game, has the edge of the established player not knowing exactly what to attack if they start finding themselves in trouble,
I'm surprised they mention that carling was up 2-0 when she was up 5-2, a much more dramatic place to be, much closer to victory, and a much bigger come back for Lloyd.
( ...ooo, i enjoyed calling her 'lloyd' there, after working so hard to erase that influence from the 'evert' experience...it always felt tainted. But at THIS moment...I choose Lloyd. )
ok, its been a long day--i may be going crazy....
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I rank that Evert-Bassett match as one of my all-time favorites. it was Easter Sunday. i was home from UGA, and we were eating shrimp for the afternoon meal. The tennis was superb!
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I rank that Evert-Bassett match as one of my all-time favorites. it was Easter Sunday. i was home from UGA, and we were eating shrimp for the afternoon meal. The tennis was superb!

GO DAWGS!!

I know NBC televised this match as they used to do both Amelia Island and Hilton Head back-to-back. It would be great to find a copy of that match. But since its rarely talked about, I'm supposing that it's one of those really good matches that wasn't a Grand Slam semi or final that's destined to be forgotten about one day. That's such a shame.
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HanaFanGa, check out the Chris Evert.net web site -- they have videos, and I think that match in particular. It's an extensive video collection.
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HanaFanGa, check out the Chris Evert.net web site -- they have videos, and I think that match in particular. It's an extensive video collection.
they dont...i checked & they had a lead on a copy at one point but the person vanished...said they had an ok copy of the last set; that would have been enough!! maybe the guy who stole it rom ME will find the chris site in search of more bassett and it will get back into circulation!! it was the kind of match that could inspire you to play tennis for a whole year...

there are a million people out there with matches on tape who just have no idea theres a community of people actively looking for them!!
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Got a message from chrisevert.net

a person with the bassett match has been found. It appears it may not be available in quick order, but in time relative to the 20 years since this match was played, it will be made available soon!
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Got a message from chrisevert.net

a person with the bassett match has been found. It appears it may not be available in quick order, but in time relative to the 20 years since this match was played, it will be made available soon!
Boy, those folks at chrisevert.net sure are good!
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