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. “I remember that she was fat,” Evert recalled. “She was very emotional on the court, whining if she didn’t feel she was playing well. But I remember thinking, if she loses weight, we’re all in trouble.” Said Navratilova, “My goal was for her to remember my name.” Eighty matches later – amid the extraordinary growth of women’s tennis – Evert not only remembered, but became a tried and true friend and confidante, remarkable considering the two appeared to be polar opposites in upbringing, life styles and personal relationships. Through a series of personal conversations, filmmakers Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax, along with producer Hannah Storm, will tell the story of one of the greatest one-on-one sports rivalries and capture these two extraordinary athletes’ views on tennis and an ever-changing world.
I thought this film was pretty fascinating, though I guess I could say that about most of the films in the 30 for 30 series. Two people who were friends and then rivals and now are probably one of the most important people in each other’s lives. Just the two of them hanging out and discussing the pivotal points of both their careers and their lives. It’s easy to sense the amount of respect and love between the two currently. Pretty interesting and definitely worth watching.
Also the stats of how often these two won is pretty staggering.