VIDEO: When Wimbledon Unveiled Martina Navratilova’s ‘Own League’ Narrated by Rival and Friend, Chrissie Evert

Published 08/03/2022, 2:00 PM EDT

It was the year 1990. Martina Navratilova was in her ninth consecutive final at the Wimbledon Championships. However, on two previous occasions, the tennis legend had lost out to Steffi Graf in the summit clash. This time though, she was up against her compatriot, Zina Garrison in the final. The latter had earlier defeated the top seed, Graf in the semi-finals. Navratilova ended on a positive note this time, as she defeated Garrison to win her ninth Wimbledon title.

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By doing so, Navratilova became one of the most successful players in the tournament’s history. The victory also marked her final Grand Slam singles title. A few years back, the tournament honored her by creating a short documentary.

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Chris Evert narrates the special moments of Martina Navratilova in the Wimbledon documentary

Reminiscing Navratilova’s final Wimbledon title in 1990, Wimbledon released a short documentary on her. The documentary, named ‘A League Of Her Own’, showcased some of Navratilova’s defining moments on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Additionally, the narrator in the documentary was none other than Chris Evert, Navratilova’s on-court rival and off-court close friend.

Navratilova’s friendship with Evert is no secret. Despite often fighting for big titles on the tennis court, the two maintained a mutual respect for each other on and off the court while being close friends.

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 24: Legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova laugh as they pose for a photo about their long time rivalry during day 4 of the. BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Gardens by the Bay on October 24, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Additionally, they also played doubles together at a few Grand Slam tournaments and tasted victory at the French Open in 1975 and Wimbledon in 1976. Apart from this, they were teammates of the United States Fed Cup team, helping the country lift multiple Fed Cup titles.

Evert once lauded Navratilova’s kind-hearted nature

Talking about how they would act after their matches, Evert said that she always received notes from Navratilova regardless of the result of their matches. Praising her friend’s nature, Evert said, “She’s just like that. Martina has always had a big heart.”

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Recently, Martina Navratilova praised Chris Evert for her courageous fight against cancer. Earlier this year, Evert was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer. Subsequently, on completing her chemotherapy sessions, Navratilova congratulated her.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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