Novak Djokovic Trolled By Chris Evert For Calling Rivalry With Nadal 'greatest In Tennis'

Sunny Ali

Hall of Fame
With all due respect, Chris Evert should just keep her orifices shut. Djokovic is talking about his own perspective. He's not judging all rivalries in tennis and then placing his with Nadal at the top. If Chris Evert feels her rivalry with Martina is one for the ages, she should just come out and say it rather than disparage another player's feedback about his rivalry with a fellow professional. OTHA!
 
With all due respect, Chris Evert should just keep her orifices shut. Djokovic is talking about his own perspective. He's not judging all rivalries in tennis and then placing his with Nadal at the top. If Chris Evert feels her rivalry with Martina is one for the ages, she should just come out and say it rather than disparage another player's feedback about his rivalry with a fellow professional. OTHA!
Let's face it, Evert hates Novak and when you hate someone with such childish abandon as she does you nitpick over every single word.

She's old news, and she's frustrated, and she needs to consult her 11 Manhattan therapists. It's been a while...
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
In 70s and 80s , women's tennis was in pathetic state. Chris and Martina would meet in the finals all the time.
If tennis was so competitive as it is today, they won't meet half the times they have done.

Nadal Djokovic is certainly more special and a bigger rivalry.
 

Sunny Ali

Hall of Fame
Let's face it, Evert hates Novak and when you hate someone with such childish abandon as she does you nitpick over every single word.

She's old news, and she's frustrated, and she needs to consult her 11 Manhattan therapists. It's been a while...
LOL X 10,000! :-D :laughing: :D
 

TripleATeam

Legend
Djokovic's sport is Men's Singles Tennis. When we talk about the GOAT in tennis, we bring up Roger, Laver, Nadal, Serena, Graf, Court. No one mentions Esther Vergeer, with her 48 slams. Clearly when we talk about Federer/Laver/Nadal being the GOAT, we're talking about men's singles. When we talk about Serena/Court/Graf being the GOAT, we're clearly talking about women's singles. If we were talking about all tennis, the unquestionable GOAT is Vergeer.

When we talk about Serena being GOAT, keep your mouth shut about men. When we talk about Fed/Nadal/Laver being GOAT, don't talk about women. They're not comparable because they don't play together.
 

gjm127

Rookie
I stand with Evert, reason below:

She claims she played Navratilova over 80 times so her rivalry with Navratilova is the "greatest" in women's tennis, in response to Novak's claim that Djokodal is the "greatest". What she's really implying is that the term "greatest", according to her is based on the number of matches played, not necessarily content quality. This means, she believes Djokodal < Fedal, which I totally agree with.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
Djokovic's sport is Men's Singles Tennis. When we talk about the GOAT in tennis, we bring up Roger, Laver, Nadal, Serena, Graf, Court. No one mentions Esther Vergeer, with her 48 slams. Clearly when we talk about Federer/Laver/Nadal being the GOAT, we're talking about men's singles. When we talk about Serena/Court/Graf being the GOAT, we're clearly talking about women's singles. If we were talking about all tennis, the unquestionable GOAT is Vergeer.

When we talk about Serena being GOAT, keep your mouth shut about men. When we talk about Fed/Nadal/Laver being GOAT, don't talk about women. They're not comparable because they don't play together.
That didn't stop the TCC creating a Top 100 where men and women were included together! It was done a few years ago so Federer is the definitive #1 overall! Serena was barely in the top 10 back then, but now I'm sure they'd elevate her to top if not close! Not sure Djokovic was in the top 20, but that would have to change as well! I'll always place Navratilova over everybody with her "more than versatile" record! No one will ever come close to winning 167 singles & 177 doubles titles even if #1 GOAT needs to have the most singles majors! :sneaky:
 

TripleATeam

Legend
I stand with Evert, reason below:

She claims she played Navratilova over 80 times so her rivalry with Navratilova is the "greatest" in women's tennis, in response to Novak's claim that Djokodal is the "greatest". What she's really implying is that the term "greatest", according to her is based on the number of matches played, not necessarily content quality. This means, she believes Djokodal < Fedal, which I totally agree with.
Djokodal has played 56 matches, Fedal only 40. Not following your reasoning. If she thinks quantity > quality, wouldn't Djokodal be better?
 

TripleATeam

Legend
That didn't stop the TCC creating a Top 100 where men and women were included together! It was done a few years ago so Federer is the definitive #1 overall! Serena was barely in the top 10 back then, but now I'm sure they'd elevate her to top if not close! Not sure Djokovic was in the top 20, but that would have to change as well! I'll always place Navratilova over everybody with her "more than versatile" record! No one will ever come close to winning 167 singles & 177 doubles titles even if #1 GOAT needs to have the most singles majors! :sneaky:
Well, if we did that I'd have to put Vergeer. 96.5% win rate, 4 consecutive OG, 148 singles titles, 136 doubles, 14 YEC, 668 weeks as #1. I'd say that very much rivals Martina, particularly as there's much fewer wheelchair events.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
It's all good. Chris made a point - supported by Martina N and BJK - it wasn't "trolling" on her part.
No harm, no foul by anyone, except the person who considered this trolling.
Agree. Chris Evert is such a class act. If anything, she doesnt talk about her rivalry with Martina often enough, and she is even more self-effacing when it comes to her individual achievements, which are some of the craziest ever in tennis.
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
Has anyone ever written a book about women's tennis or made a film, like (Borg & McEnroe) Fire & Ice, about it?
I can recommend these two books highly:

Grace Lichtenstein
A long way, baby: Behind the scenes in women's pro tennis

Jon Wertheim
Venus Envy: Power Games, Teenage Vixens, and Million-Dollar Egos on the Women's Tennis Tour

They cover very different and incredibly important eras in the women's game. They are packed with great reportage of the time but are easy reads. Highly entertaining stuff.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
I can recommend these two books highly:

Grace Lichtenstein
A long way, baby: Behind the scenes in women's pro tennis

Jon Wertheim
Venus Envy: Power Games, Teenage Vixens, and Million-Dollar Egos on the Women's Tennis Tour

They cover very different and incredibly important eras in the women's game. They are packed with great reportage of the time but are easy reads. Highly entertaining stuff.
All of a sudden it pops into my head, I was on a plane 30 odd years ago and a young lady was sitting next to me reading "Ladies Of The Court," by Michael Mewshaw! It had a picture of Graf and Seles on it! I'm guessing it hits on both the ascension to greatness by Graf, her best rivals in the 90's, and the stabbing of Seles! Just a guess! :sneaky:
 

Subway Tennis

Hall of Fame
All of a sudden it pops into my head, I was on a plane 30 odd years ago and a young lady was sitting next to me reading "Ladies Of The Court," by Michael Mewshaw! It had a picture of Graf and Seles on it! I'm guessing it hits on both the ascension to greatness by Graf, her best rivals in the 90's, and the stabbing of Seles! Just a guess! :sneaky:
Mewshaw has written some great stuff. Very controversial and interesting reading. As an outsider to tennis, he has often been in a very good position to lift the lid on some shocking stuff involving the safety of players and also the conflicts of interest in the sport that not many people write about.
 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
That didn't stop the TCC creating a Top 100 where men and women were included together! It was done a few years ago so Federer is the definitive #1 overall! Serena was barely in the top 10 back then, but now I'm sure they'd elevate her to top if not close! Not sure Djokovic was in the top 20, but that would have to change as well! I'll always place Navratilova over everybody with her "more than versatile" record! No one will ever come close to winning 167 singles & 177 doubles titles even if #1 GOAT needs to have the most singles majors! :sneaky:
Could someone explain the rationale for a mixed ranking? That whole series was strange from the get-go.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
Mewshaw has written some great stuff. Very controversial and interesting reading. As an outsider to tennis, he has often been in a very good position to lift the lid on some shocking stuff involving the safety of players and also the conflicts of interest in the sport that not many people write about.
IDK why I remembered it! I never picked it up! By the mid 90's, after years of veracious reading, a sleep disorder just made it impossible to take in the data! I would reread a paragraph several times when normally I'm a speed reader; often going thru a paperback in a day or 2! I continued to buy books, but I never really read seriously again! I miss Piers Anthony's sci-fi/magic sagas that could span 7 books! I stopped after "The Apprentice Adept" series! ;)
 

blablavla

Legend
In 70s and 80s , women's tennis was in pathetic state. Chris and Martina would meet in the finals all the time.
If tennis was so competitive as it is today, they won't meet half the times they have done.

Nadal Djokovic is certainly more special and a bigger rivalry.
oh, just like ATP is today? when the Big 3 is making all the finals?
 

roysid

Hall of Fame
oh, just like ATP is today? when the Big 3 is making all the finals?
No it's not like these days. Those who have seen in 80s know how the woman's tour was. Beyond 4-5 players, others couldn't even hit decent shots and run.

Today's ATP is more competitive. Quality of top 50 is definitely stong like PCB, Agut, Rublev for eg. They give a fight to the top players
 
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