American Tennis Star Taylor Fritz’s Presence Triggers 46-Year-Old Memory for Chris Evert as She Reveals Unknown Tale From Her Past

Published 10/08/2023, 3:56 PM EDT

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The 18-time major single title winner, Chris Evert, recently tweeted about something quite interesting. She raised a good observation about Taylor Fritz. For those unaware, Taylor’s mom Kathy May was the Ice Maiden’s rival during their prime. Her tweet is a rush of nostalgia for anyone who followed her matches. Evert has competed against May more than once, which is why her remarks carry weight in this context.

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Fritz, right now, is playing at the Shanghai Masters and seems to be doing good. However, Kathy May was making news all the time back in the late 70s. She is a 7 WTA singles titles winner and quite talented as well. It looks like Kathy inspired Taylor to follow in her footsteps.

Chris Evert on Taylor Fritz inheriting his mother’s resilience

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On Saturday, Fritz won the round of 64 at the Shanghai Masters. He defeated the Japanese champ, Yosuke Watanuki after giving him tough competition throughout the match. The match went neck-and-neck, but Taylor’s effort in the last set led him to the win. Apparently, Evert tuned in to watch the match and this is what she had to say:

“so, I’m watching @Taylor_Fritz97 remembering playing his mom, Kathy May in our era. She was a great competitor…. like mother, like son!👏👍”

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It looks like the American WTA legend actually fell into the pit of nostalgia upon seeing Fritz play. Evert referred back to her time and let us know how great of a contender Kathy was.

So how good of a player was Kathy May? Was she better than current-day Taylor? May and Chris fortunately shared a similar time period during their professional years. Their matches against each other used to gain a lot of attention.

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What made Evert praise Kathy May’s competitive nature? 

Kathy May played a total of 4 matches against Evert and ended up losing every match. Even after defeating Kathy each time, Evert still thinks of her as a tough competition. Although their matches when looked at might not seem that much of a brawl, it wasn’t always the case.

In their first match at a Washington DC tournament in 1977, Evert won in straight sets (6-4, 6-3), and the second match was even more convincing. She marked her victory with a 6-0, 6-1 straight set victory yet again. The third time is the charm. Well, not so much for Kathy. Scores were similar to the previous matches, 6-3 6-0, which led Evert to the win. In her 4th and final match against Kathy, Evert did struggle a bit but won with  6-4, 6-3. Yet, if we focus on what the Ice Maiden said, it is apparent that Kathy gave her a tougher competition than what we can realize by looking at the scores.

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Chris Evert is in the league of G.O.A.Ts, so her admiration for Taylor Fritz’s mom means a lot. When a senior player validates the hard work of relatively young players like Fritz, it boosts their morale on a totally different level. So, to call someone similar to their parent is the greatest compliment of all, especially after looking at their performance.

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Charrvi Singh is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Passionate about both psychology and sports, Charrvi brings a unique perspective to the world of sports journalism. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate information, she is dedicated to providing readers with insightful analyses and up-to-date coverage of the tennis world.
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