Was so tickled/bummed when Damian noticed that Tracy Austin had just been inducted in the Court of Champions yesterday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Stadium. We had literally just stopped by on Labor Day night looking to see if she was in there so I could get a photo with her -- to kind of make up for not getting a pic with her when I met her when I was 14 at the 1981 tournament in Rancho Bernardo, Calif., en route to her second U.S. Open crown -- and I'd have loved to have been there for the ceremony. (On Monday night, I ended up posing between Chris and Steffi, who are my two other favorites after Trace.)
So great that Chrissie Evert -- Tracy's victim in the 1979 final -- was there to do the honors, along with USTA president Katrina Adams.
Love that they used that great photo from her 1981 U.S. Open semifinal victory over Barbra Potter, where Tracy's wearing her Gunze line of clothing. The Ted Tingling dress may have been a lucky charm, but I always thought the outfits from her endorsement were the coolest, and I noticed Serena Williams even had a pleated skirt with contrasting colors on it last night that reminded me of Tracy's.
More photos HERE.
People always want to put an asterisk next to Steffi Graf's 22 Grand Slam titles because of what happened to Monica Seles. I get this, and I get that it was an extraordinary set of circumstances. But things can happen to anyone at any time, so there's no guarantee Seles would have won 10 more as many claim. (Remember when it seemed Rafael Nadal would easily pass Roger Federer? Then he got injured and Novak Djokovic came along and look where we are now.) So if we really want to start editing the history books, perhaps Chris and Martina Navratilova should have asterisks next to their 18 majors to indicate that Tracy would have won many more if the fates hadn't been so cruel. Congrats, Tracy. You earned it!