Chris Evert so dominated the women's game that from Apr. 17 to Nov. 6 she didn't lose once, included were the two biggies at Wimbledon and Forest Hills.
THE BIG RACKETS
While Evert, who no longer had to contend with the semi-retired Billie Jean King, won $345,000 to become the women's leading moneymaker for the third consecutive year, the major men's titles were taken by Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors. Despite an aggravating pulled stomach muscle, Borg whipped Ilie Nastase 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 to win Wimbledon. Connors then came up with what he described as "the best tennis I've ever played" to beat Borg in four tingling sets for the championship at Forest Hills.
It was a rare occasion on the courts when Nasty was nice.
Borg came within a hair of winning both big titles when he outpointed Connors 123-121 in the U.S. Open final but still lost.
Connors covered his high overhead by winning $687,000 and still had time for a global romance with a former Miss World.
Adriano Panatta, the saucy new Italian hero, was sandwiched by fans after his country's Open, one of two major clay-court tournaments he won.