Saturday, November 24, 2007

Una reina del tenis: Chris Evert

Nos pasamos al deporte con un personaje internacional, nada menos que una de las mejores tenistas de todos los tiempos. Christine Marie Evert nació en Fort Lauderdale, Florida, en 1954. Hija de un jugador profesional, pronto se comenzó a entrenar y demostrar su destreza con la raqueta, y ya a la edad de 14 años batía records en los EEUU. A partir de 1971 pasó al circuito profesional y continuó con una carrera excepcional: primera jugadora en ganar 1000 partidos, incluyendo 56 consecutivos, 2 abiertos de Australia, 7 Roland Garros, 3 Wimblendon y 6 Open USA, además de 15 finales, jalonan el currículum de la eterna rival de Martina Navratilova. Además, su saber estar, su clase y su tranquilidad la convirtieron durante años en la favorita de un público que la eligió en repetidas ocasiones como deportista del año. Evert es amiga personal de la familia Bush, con quien comparte partidos de dobles, y una conocida simpatizante del partido republicano.




Aquí sus donaciones económicas (para Sony Bono, por cierto).
http://www.newsmeat.com/sports_political_donations/Chris_Evert.php
Forme President George H. Bush is returning to the 2004 Chris Evert/Bank of America Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, set for Dec 4-5, at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla., defending his undefeated record as Evert's partner and as the event's only octogenarian.
Evert, who was a guest at former President Bush's recent 80th birthday celebration, praised his tennis skills. "You'd never guess he just turned 80! He's the feistiest competitor I konw on the court and definitely my first pick as a doubles partner", she said.

http://www.chrisevert.org/Former%20President%20Bush%20FINAL.pdf
AFTER all these years, there is yet another view of Chris Evert, competitor. This one comes from George Herbert Walker Bush, a retired public servant who used to invite Evert to play doubles with him. Rank, he was soon to learn, had few privileges.
" 'Bend your knees, cover behind me, get up to the net,' " he mimicked her orders. "As President, people would give me long putts, or if I put up a lousy lob, people would give me a kinder, gentler return. Chris Evert never understood that."
No, she did not. As Bush helped install her in the Tennis Hall of Fame yesterday, Chris Evert wore a red dress and one of her self-described "little smirks," admitting that she would move the most powerful individual in the world around a tennis court.

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE4DE123AF934A25754C0A963958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

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