MONTREAL — When you’ve won 154 WTA singles titles, including 18 Grand Slams, remembering all of the wins isn’t easy.
So you can excuse the legendary Chris Evert if she has trouble recalling details of her four singles titles at the Canadian Open, now known as the Rogers Cup.
After all, Evert’s last Canadian title was in 1985, when she won her second of back-to-back championships following wins in 1974 and ’80.
But Evert, inducted Monday into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame, certainly remembers her two losses in tournament finals.
And she recalls playing a tense doubles match with her sister, Jeanne. “Unlike the Williams sisters, we didn’t get along on the court,” Evert recalled at a news conference prior to the induction ceremony at centre court.
Evert also shared fonder memories of the crowds, the hosts — and yes, the shopping — that she enjoyed during her stops in Montreal and Toronto in the 1970s and ’80s.
“Aside from the grand slams, you had the best crowds and you certainly had very knowledgable crowds,” said Evert, 55.
Evert’s career accomplish-ments are enough to get her inducted into any tennis hall of fame, but her success at the Rogers Cup stands on its own merits. All four of her wins came in straight sets, with only one tiebreaker. She also lost twice in the final, to Tracy Austin in 1981 and longtime rival Martina Navratilova in ’83.
Since her retirement in 1989, Evert has watched as old rivalries have faded away and parity come to women’s tennis. She doesn’t think it’s a promising trend. “If you were to ask me to name the top 10 players, I couldn’t do that today,” she said.
“When Martina and I played you had it, when McEnroe-Connors played, you had it, and right now it’s it’s sort of up in the air.”
— Brian Daly