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Description - The Rivals by Johnette Howard

n March 1973 two women met on a tennis court in Akron, Ohio. Over the course of the next sixteen years, together they would change the world. In their long careers Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert played each other eighty times, sixty of those in finals. For twelve consecutive years, from 1975 to 1986, one or other finished the season ranked No. 1 in the world. Each set out to be the finest player women's tennis had ever seen; each goaded the other to greatness. heir contrasting styles - Martina, the epitome of serve-and-volley tennis, bravely charging to the net against cool and controlled Chris, the world's greatest baseline player - captivated millions across the globe. Tennis was a chauvinistic game when they arrived. But their brilliance demanded, and received, long-overdue respect for female sporting achievement. Their ability to forge a close friendship amidst their fierce competition still provokes wonder and admiration from fans. here has never been a sporting rivalry to match the intensity, longevity, public impact and emotional resonance of the years-long duel between these two great athletes. For nearly two decades we were transfixed by the struggle between the

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224075060
ISBN-10: 0224075063
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 21mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Yellow Jersey Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Johnette Howard

Johnette Howard is an award-winning sports journalist. Previously with the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated, she has been a sports columnist at Newsday since 1999. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and her work is included in David Halberstam's Best American Sports Writing of the Century. She has known Martina Navratilova for over ten years.