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Evert's 50th Birthday - Give Chrissie some 'Cheers'!

Hi all,

Passing along a small editorial project here…I have a feeling BFTP folks may have the best entries of all to add to make this a special gift which Chris will really be touched by. Read on…


CHRIS EVERT, one of the great ladies and champions of our sports’ colorful history, is about to reach a new milestone in her life’s story: her 50th birthday on December 21.

ChrisEvert.Net has arranged a beautiful surprise book made up of ‘match memories’ from visitors to the site, which will be presented directly to Chris for the big occasion.

Chris has been very moved by the fond interest in her and her matches, now 20 years after the fact, and this project is a great chance to tangibly reach out to her yourself. ANYONE who would like to add to this collective project is free to do so, and encouraged to do so. They can be ‘match memories’ from matches you saw live, on tape, or incidents you heard about, read, things chris said or others said about her that affected you in some inspiring way. Even thoughts about Chris’ impact on the game or on your life.

You can submit as many entries as you like, and they will all be considered to be edited into one gift of thanks. But some level of brevity is encouraged; these are not ‘letters’…but a flip-book of little ‘nuggets’ of ‘thanks’ to chris for whatever her conduct, play, style, etc etc may have added to your life.

To see the general format these are presented in, just look at what’s already on the site at: http://chrisevert.net/CE-MatchPoints.html and be aware that whatever you write may end up on the site as well.

YOU CAN POST THESE STORIES, MEMORIES, OR EVEN THOUGHTS ABOUT CHRIS’ IMPACT HERE and they will be considered for the book, or send an email (no attachments) to [email protected]

Deadline: December 11, 2004
Thanks!!

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Santorofan, i remember you posted a really great story about chris at the world team tennis of 1976...betty stove was so happy they won their doubles that she picked chris up and swung her around like a ragdoll. (??) want to recount that story??
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I think the more intelligent and thoughtful these little paragraphs are, the more they will mean to her, and the more tennis historically savvy thoughts will make it more impactful (and adult) as well. She's a smart lady and isn't easily moved by simple flag waving...but is very responsive to people who know what they're talking about and care. So its my opinion that no one here should be shy about heaping the stories in like the quotes thread!!!

by the way, edith frost's "it seems you're very easy to love" song just came on my stereo as i was writing this, so...let that be a mantra to you!
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oo...i have one. Its not very 'adult' but I think its a cute story:

POST 84-US OPEN EXHIBITION

A few months after Chris had lost to Martina in the heartbreaking 3-set 1984 US Open final, I remember coming back home from playing tennis and my father sitting there reading the paper. "Chrissie beat Martina," he said matter of factly, not looking up from the sports section. "WHAT?!" I screamed, practically leaping in the air. "But it was an exhibition," he slyly added. "Still, it was 6-2 6-4. That's a nice win."

I didn't care what it was. For a year and a half, people had been saying Chris would never beat Martina again; even the 'experts' seemed to believe that back then. But I knew from how she never gave up in a match that no self-respecting Evert fan could ever give up on Chris' ability to fight back. I knew she was too great a champion to be kept down for long and that she would break the spell that Martina's aura had cast. Then, a few months later it happened again, by the exact same score at Key Biscayne. This time it was official and made the exhibition seem like it was no accident. Far as I was concerned, a new habit was forming, which the French final in June helped confirm. But the exhibiton & Key Biscayne wins were so powerful because it was like something you believed in against what everyone else's opinion was, and having it come true. I would never not believe in overcoming "The Impossible" again. VIVA LA CHRISSIE!

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Eastbourne 1979

Chris' classic confrontation against Martina Navratilova at Eastbourne in 1979 (7-5 5-7 13-11) was the first time I ever heard John Barrett utter the words, "I don't believe that angle exists!"

That comment was my favorite moment, to cap off a perfect passing shot in a perfect match.

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ok, who's gonna put in a story about ol' saggy-tits turnbull?

...one other thing i was thinking; i gather the EARLIER in her career people remember the little deer of a girl, the happier chris will be. And keep in mind, she doesnt necessarily remember that much herself...the more info you put in (like scores or other specifics) to jog her memory will likely be the most effective.

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I know it's all about Chris......but this makes me feel old...........

Happy Birthday Chris!
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I know it's all about Chris......but this makes me feel old...........

Happy Birthday Chris!
think how old SHE must feel!! though she doesnt seem too unhappy about it...
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Delayed response

Daze:

I've been out of town for the past several days (won't return untl next week), but needless to say your idea sounds fab I'll try to dig up the Evert/Stove posting, and anything else that seems worthy of recollection when I get back.

Have a good one!

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FRENCH OPEN 1983

While not a memorable final against Mima Jausovec (6-1 6-2), the monument of the time very much was. Chrissie defeated Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, Helena Sukova, and avenged her losses of the two prior years to both Hana Mandlikova and upstart Andrea Jaeger en route to the final against Jausovec, who had herself both won the event before and reached the final on another occasion. With that French Open crown, Chris not only took her THIRD grand slam title in a row, but at the age of 29, solidified a magnificent 273-7 career record on clay. And tied the all-time record for most French Open singles titles that year (with 5), which would of course escalate in total to a record 7 in the upcoming years… past the age of 30!

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Chris Evert doubles memories

Call me an oddball, but as much as I enjoyed watching Evert play singles, in a interesting way I found her doubles play equally enthralling. No, she wasn't "classic" dubs player in the conventional sense, but I was intrigued by watching Chris force herself to take additional risks, and attempt shots from every position/angle of the court on a far more regular basis. In short, her aggressive side was constantly on display, as she consistantly forced herself to just "go for it." Her laser-like return of serve, perfectly executed lobs and deft of touch all made for intriguing doubles play. Two particular doubles matches played in the mid 70s are particulary etched in my memory:

The year was 1975; the event, the WITC Invitational Classic. Chris was partnered for mixed doubles play with the legendary Arthur Ashe against Rosie Casals and Ilie Nastase. Although not a match of any historical significance, I am quite certain that Evert still recalls this day, just as any fan fortunate enough to watch the match live. In a duel of dozens of classic, breathtaking rallies, one specific point stood out to me in particular, so much so that I consider it one of my all time favs. The point occured at 4-3, love 15 on Casals serve. Evert returned serve as the rally began to pick up intensity. Several shots later, Evert retrieved a series of five overheads in a row - four of them hit by Ilie Nastase. When Nastase eventually put the sixth overhead away, the crowd was on their feet shouting for more, while an exhausted Evert could only grin ear to ear at her partner Ashe. This point - almost more than any other - to me shows what made Evert one of the all time greatest players, male or female; her powers of anticipation were simply second to none.

On to my next doubles memory...this one took place during the World Team Tennis East vs West season ending championships in Oakland, California 1976. Evert's team was behind all evening, though slowly, gradually things began to inch closer as the event finally went into double overtime. At this point, it was announced that Evert would be partnered with Betty Stove against doubles extraordinaires Billie Jean King and Evonne Goolagong in a best of nine point super tiebreak to decide the evening's contest. On paper, it's likely few would be betting against such a wonderful team as King/Goolagong, but I had so much hope that Evert/Stove somehow could. Although I don't recall each point in the breaker, I remember that Chris and Betty were playing behind, actually saving a match point, as the contest spiraled in its intensity. Appropriately enough, the match went to four points all...a volley exchange began with King and Goolagong primarily aiming their fire towards Evert at net. Chris, however, more than held her ground, eventually forcing the opposing team into a volley error. I of course, cheered the tv (!), as the arena rocketed it's applause...Stove was so thrilled she immediately picked up the (in comparison) petite Evert, estatically twirling her around in utter joy.

Thanks for the memories Chris!
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thanks santorofan! glad SOMEONE around here remembers chris evert.

to the obstainers...
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thanks santorofan! glad SOMEONE around here remembers chris evert.

to the obstainers...

Chris Who? I am too young to remember.......no jokes, I grew up watching Chris and she became my all-time fav. I first saw her when I was 8 years old playing the Wimbledon 73 final against BJK. I started following her carreer more closely 2 or 3 years later when I started playing myself. After her second win at Wimbledon, I became a true fan and I never quit. I started gathering as much information as I could until and after she retired, in particular by compiling all her results in singles. I saw her playing live three times, twice at the French in 86 (Bassett and Hana) and once in Toulouse in an exhibition in 87 where she beat A. Sanchez 6/1 6/3 (does she remember the pink city in France?). When I was in RG in 86 I had a brief conversation with Clare Evert in the alleys and this is as close as I was to God (Lol!)

I enjoyed all her GS wins with special thoughts to Wimbledon 76 the first complete tennis match that I saw on TV and RG 85 when I was clenching my fists at every point she won in the third. But to me, irrespective of her tennis results and her position as one of the best players in tennis history, she is just unique by the way she iwas, extraordinary will power, good balance in emotions, she never got carried away, she had this extraordinary capability of putting things back in perspective. And she was a renewed source of esthetic pleasure to watch, the way she walked, her gracefulness (I loved the hip movement on the follow through on the double fisted backhand) and above all this superior and confident look sometimes confining to (slight) arrogance that she had in between points, holding her head up high, flicking her hair, pursing her lips, and occasionally raising her eyebrows to raise to the challenge. This made you think "OMG, this woman has guts!!" In other words, A real Queen....
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nice, jm!!!
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Chris, I was a late bloomer to the fold, and really began paying attention from your agonising loss to Martina in the 1981 USO. Therefore, I missed the "dominating years", though thanks to video technology, I would be able to revisit some of your finest 1970s moments.

Your impact on me after that 1981 loss was however dramatic. Gone was my wayward flat single-handed backhand to be replaced by a reliable, and sometimes spectacular double fisted, straight armed backhand (no western grip for me!). In came my crafty inside out forehand with a bit of slice. I even had the stop palm!

My memories of you are dominated by your struggle to back to the top of the rankings. The fact that you were able to do it against changing technology and a super-Martina, and the fact that you had been number 1 for so long, not only earned the respect of your fans, but also the respect of all tennis fans, for your application, dedication, and skill.

In fact, the two moments that I will remember most are your agonising defeat to Martina in the 1984 USO final, and your biggest triumph at the 1985 FO final. Actually make that 3 moments, the 3rd being your final Wimbeldon.

Thanks for the memories, and happy birthday.
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