Friday, November 04, 2016

When Tennis Was a Sport of the 'People'


Chris & Jack Are Just Pals / Read HERE.

While it's true that tennis has never been a bigger and more international sport than it is now -- Serena Williams has taken in more than $80 million in prize money alone to Chris Evert's $8 million career earnings -- I don't think anything illustrates the point of how much "bigger" tennis was back in the day than the number of times the Ice Maiden was featured on People, a magazine whose cover wouldn't touch a tennis player with a 10-foot pole these days. Whether she was arriving on the scene, having high-profile affairs, marrying or starting a family, People couldn't get enough -- nor could I.


Tennis's next star / Read HERE.


Why Chris Quit Tennis / Read HERE.


Special Delivery / Read HERE.

On top of that, can you imagine anyone since Andre Agassi warranting coverage like this?


Jimmy Connors: A Tennis Brat Grows Up / Read HERE.


The Love Match: Bjorn Borg and Mariana Simionescu / Read HERE.


The Trailblazing Kings: Billie Jean and Larry  / Read HERE.


Love's Labors Lost: John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal / Read HERE.


Monica Seles Stabbed at tennis match / Read HERE.


Jennifer Capriati: Losing Her Grip / Read HERE.


Overcoming her fear, Monica bounces back / Read HERE.


Have Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova or either Williams sister ever been on the cover?


The Agassi and the Ecstasy / Read HERE.


Double Fault / Read HERE.


Andre Agassi (With Some Fräulein in the Background) Opens Up / Read HERE.

Starting to look like Andre Agassi was the last true tennis star. Roger and Serena are beloved in the tennis world, but their crossover appeal pales in comparison to the heroes of yesteryear.

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