The ultimate rivalry that became a close friendship. The first time Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova stepped onto a tennis court together, the world scarcely noticed. Only a few hundred spectators saw the pert 18-year-old beat the scrappy 16- year-old Czech in 1973, but theirs was a rivalry that would enter sporting legend: no two athletes have met in as many matches or world championships, in any sport, as Evert and Navratilova. Seemingly polar opposites in terms of their upbringing, lifestyles and personal relationships, the Florida-born all-American Evert and the Czech-born Navratilova met a total of 80 times on the court, and between them claimed the end-of-season world number one ranking for 12 consecutive years. Their rivalry endured, and perhaps even created, the huge transformation of the women s game during the 1970s and 1980s, but perhaps most surprisingly led to a lifelong friendship between two titans of their sport. Close friends to this day, the two women now look back on their fierce rivalry and the changing face of tennis over the past 40 years.
Release Date: 17 October 2011
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification