Remembering Our Legends
Published September 29, 2009 02:19
History is, without doubt, a huge factor in the global popularity and prestige of tennis; it might even be said that a reason the future of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour looks so bright is because of what has already passed. Great tournaments, some of which stretch back a century and more; matches that linger in the memory decades after the last ball was struck; and players who've illuminated the stage with their skill, athleticism and charisma, have combined to create a compelling and ongoing drama.
Recognizing the legacy they have given to today's players and fans alike, Sonyericssonwtatour.com will soon begin rolling out new web biographies of the retired greats of our game.
From towering figures such as Billie Jean King and Margaret Court, whose careers straddled the inception of the Open Era and the creation of the WTA Tour itself, to the former world No.1s of the computer ranking era - Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario and Evonne Goolagong Cawley - we'll take a fond look back at them all.
We will also remember the Grand Slam singles champions who never held the singles No.1 ranking, from Virginia Wade to Hana Mandlikova, Sue Barker to Gabriela Sabatini, as well as players who also had distinguished careers in singles but made a particular mark in doubles - like Pam Shriver, Helena Sukova, Natasha Zvereva and Gigi Fernandez.
In addition to looking at the playing styles, records, key rivalries and post-tennis life of each player, we would like to publish a selection of thoughts, memories or anecdotes from former peers on the Tour, people who work behind-the-scenes in tennis, and indeed fans. Please send submissions (ideally about the length of this paragraph) to Adam Lincoln at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions need not be restricted to players mentioned in this article.