A decade after the first WTA Legends & Friends Reunion took place at the BNP Paribas Open, the great and the good gathered to reconnect and celebrate.
Three-time Grand Slam doubles champion Peggy Michel – now assistant tournament director at the BNP Paribas Open – with former players Penelope Moor, Patricia Bostrom, Betsy Nagelsen McCormack and Mary Carillo.
Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King joined the fun with WTA President Micky Lawler.
Navratilova presented the Georgina Clark WTA Mother Award to her longtime rival and friend, Chris Evert.
Evert talked about the WTA Family, motherhood, and Georgina Clark, the pioneering chair umpire and WTA executive who was known as ‘Mother Superior’ on the tour.
Evert was joined on stage by her niece, Tatum Shane, eldest son Alex Mill, sister Clare Evert-Shane and second son Nicky; Clare and Nicky gave speeches.
Tennis agent and promoter Sara Fornaciari, at left, caught up with Bob Kain – Chris Evert’s manager during her playing days – as well as former players Anne Guerrant and Penelope Moor.
Former doubles World No.1 and 17-time Grand Slam champion Gigi Fernandez with Gabriela Ruffels, her mother Anna Maria Ruffels (nee Fernandez), Pam Teeguarden and Beth Herr.
Coordination is key: Original 9 trailblazers Valerie Ziegenfuss and Rosie Casals.
Original 9 member Julie Heldman, who recently penned a riveting memoir, Driven, was joined at the festivities by her husband, Bernie Weiss.
Tracy Austin interviewed her childhood hero – and fellow prodigy – Peaches Bartkowicz, another member of the Original 9. Bartkowicz shared the story of how the WTA Assistance Program helped her overcome life-threatening health issues.
Guests enjoyed the program filled with fun anecdotes and heartfelt speeches.
Russia’s Elena Likhovtseva was snapped with Chanda Rubin, who was in Indian Wells as part of Tennis Channel’s commentary team.
Some of the women who worked on the WTA’s new Legacy Fund for former players: 1979 Australian Open champion Barbara Jordan, fellow Americans Pam Teeguarden, Trish Bostrom and Pam Austin, and Cynthia Doerner of Australia.
Ann Austin, the WTA’s Senior Director of Community Development with oversight of WTA Charities, caught up with Peanut Louie Harper, whose Harper For Kids program fosters character building among school students.
The relaxed atmosphere at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden made for a perfect setting to reconnect with old friends.