Legendary tennis players, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova had one of the best tennis rivalries. Apart from playing against each other, they also played doubles as a pair on plenty of occasions. Moreover, both players shared a great friendship off the tennis court, which has continued to this day. In her autobiography, the former American tennis player, Evert, talked about one incident which had her laughing hilariously.
Chris Evert's autobiography.
In her autobiography, ‘Chrissie: My Own Story’ Evert talked about the personal and professional difficulties she had to overcome in her mastery of the game, which reflects on the mental sources of her mental tenacity, and provides a first-hand experience of the pro tour.
Evert talked about a story about a former French player.
Evert talked about a story about the former French player, Françoise Durr (AKA Frankie) and her dog named Topspin.
When Chris Evert faced Navratilova during the Virginia Slims in Houston 1976.
Chris Evert had to play against Martina. Unfortunately, she did not have any chance against Navratilova, as she lost the final in straight sets. After a disappointing defeat, Evert had to play doubles with Navratilova.This time, the pair of Evert and Navratilova had to suffer another embarrassing loss, which made Evert really unhappy.
Chris Evert talked about an amusing incident involving Martina Navratilova.
“Frankie’s dog, Topspin, sauntered out to take her racquets off the court. Instinctively, Martina grabbed my racquet, put it in her mouth and walked off behind Topspin. I fell over with laughter.” Evert wrote in her biography.
Evert and Navratilova’s rivalry.
For almost 15 years, they played against each other in 80 matches. Out of those 80 matches, Navratilova won 43 matches and Evert won 37 matches. Interestingly, Navratilova did not win many matches against Evert at the beginning.