Monthly Archives: December 2009

CHRISSIE EVERT TURNS 55

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Christine Marie Evert turns 55 on December 21, 2009. Upon turning 18 years old in 1972, she officially turned professional, saying “I’ll miss the senior prom, but it will be worth it. I think I am ready to play tennis for money….I’m eager not only to become a pro, but to get out of school.” …

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THE BARCELONA BUMBLEBEE’S BIRTHDAY

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The Barcelona Bumblebee – Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain – turns 38 years old on December 18, 2009. Does it not seem just yesterday that she was an effervescent 17-year-old who shocked Steffi Graf to win the 1989 French Open? Arantxa’s career is outlined below in this excerpt from my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY …

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LET’S SALUTE HENRI COCHET AND STAN SMITH!

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December 14 marks the birthday of two of the greatest tennis player of all time Henri Cochet and Stan Smith. The biographies of both Wimbledon champions and members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame are documented below from my book THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com). Enjoy!   Henri …

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRACY AUSTIN

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December 12, 2009 marks the 47th birthday of two-time U.S. Open champion Tracy Austin. The following is her profile as seen in THE BUD COLLINS HISTORY OF TENNIS ($35.95, New Chapter Press, www.NewChapterMedia.com). TRACY AUSTIN United States (1962—) Hall of Fame—1992 One of the game’s prodigies, Tracy Ann Austin was meteoric, an iron-willed girl whose …

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