Wednesday, September 26, 2018

When the Virginia Slims Legends Tour Stopped in Richmond, Va.

I was lucky enough to attend this 1995 Legends of Virginia Slims event in Richmond, Va. -- my brother Terence drove us from D.C. in his burgundy Honda Civic -- and I still say I'd rather watch Chris, Martina, Tracy, Evonne, Virginia et al. play now than today's crop of stars! (Billie Jean was recovering from an injury at this point, but provides hilarious commentary.) How lucky we are that a fellow fan recorded it and recently uploaded it to YouTube!

UPI's Lisa Harris wrote at the time: With a lineup of names that laid claim to 600 titles and 70 in Grand Slam doubles and singles, the tour has two added features: AIDS as a charity and music as a complement. [Philip Morris] made an initial contribution of $75,000 to the National AIDS Fund to celebrate the tour's launching.

Chris was 40 and fabulous ...

Martina was 38, newly retired a year after she made the final of Wimbledon for the last time ...

Tracy was five years younger than Serena Williams is now!

Billie Jean was really old -- my age!

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