“You’re the Chris Evert?” – The first reaction of Martina Navratilova’s grandmother when she met her granddaughter’s rival in the United States

American tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert give us the perfect example of friendship in the workplace. The two continued to develop their camaraderie even after retirement. Both tennis stars have faced a lot of difficulties in their lives and the two have always stuck by each other.

Interestingly, they were such great rivals on the pitch that it was hard to imagine them as pals. Their bond was so strong because they trust and respect each other. In her autobiography, Navratilova mentions the same thing. A beautiful example of their friendship was when Navratilova introduced Evert to her grandmother.


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Chris Evert meets Navratilova’s grandmother

Navratilova was born in the Czech Republic. So the European nation was going through political turmoil at the time. For this reason, the tennis star decided to seek asylum in the United States. By staying away from her family, her friendship with Chris Evert continued to grow. When Navratilova’s grandmother first arrived in the United States, she took her straight to Evert.

She must have heard a lot about Evert from her granddaughter. And with big eyes “You’re Chris Evert?” asked her grandmother in Czech.

Both Evert and Navratilova finished with exactly the same number of Grand Slam titles (18).

When the fighting spirit got in the way of friendship

It is always difficult to maintain a friendly relationship when you are professional rivals. Similar things happened in the case of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. While the two were great as a pair in doubles, they’ve had to face each other quite a bit in singles. In an interview, Chris Evert admitted that their friendship was beginning to fall apart due to the pressure of competition.


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SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 24: Legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova laugh as they pose for a photo about their long time on Day 4 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore hosted by SC Global at Gardens by the Bay on October 24, 2018 in Singapore were presented . (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“When she started hitting me, I couldn’t handle it. We broke up somehow. I felt that the friendship was emotionally disturbing. I was too immature to deal with it, I know that now.” you said.

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It may have been a tough time for both of them, but they still navigated their careers and friendships side by side. The way they have maintained the relationship is exemplary.

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