Roland Garros Re-Lived 1985: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova – The Rivalry

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova met 80 times in total, and their 1985 French Open final, won 7-5 in the third set by Evert, was one of their best ever matches.

In an exclusive interview, Evert explains why she will be inextricably bound in history with Navratilova, the way they were portrayed as opposites, the reasons Navratilova was the favourite ahead of their 1985 Roland Garros final, why this victory stands out as her greatest, and the way it lengthened her career.

The Tennis Podcast is presented by Catherine Whitaker and David Law, featuring Matt Roberts. It is produced weekly year-round, and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments. It is crowdfunded by listeners each December.


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We are producing daily shows throughout the original Roland Garros dates, looking back on 15 classic matches and stories from the tournament’s history. You can watch extensive highlights of Evert vs. Navratilova on YouTube. Tomorrow we will be covering Michael Chang's victory as a 17-year-old in 1989. Highlights of his final against Edberg are available on YouTube. We will also be doing editions for Wimbledon.


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