Chris Evert kindly called Novak Djokovic to order for making a factual error in tennis history on Sunday. After his heavy defeat in the Roland-Garros final against Rafael Nadal, the Serbian had paid tribute to his winner by recalling the long series of their confrontations on the circuit, fifty-six now.
“I have faced Rafa more than any other player in my professional career, Djokovic said. Our rivalry is the biggest in the history of the discipline. He is without a doubt my biggest rival. “
Evert, 18 Grand Slam titles on the clock, immediately recalled on social media how many times she had faced Martina Navratilova (also 18 major titles) in the 1970s and 1980s: “Yes, it’s true … in men’s tennis … Martina and I have faced each other 80 times”, wink emoticon in support.
The message was notably retweeted by Billie Jean King, who won twelve Grand Slam titles.