What is McEnroe, Lendl, Evert and Navratilova Doing These Days?

by The Insider on January 29, 2009 · 1 comment

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Over at Tennis.com they have a very interesting article about some of the great past players and what they are doing now. The article includes McEnroe, Lendl, Evert and Navratilova.

John McEnroe

Remembered as much for his on-court outbursts as for his spectacular serve-and-volley tennis, McEnroe has proven to be more than adept at making his point from the commentary booth. A blunt but insightful television analyst at all four majors, he has been praised for his match analysis. McEnroe has appeared on the big screen as well, usually in cameo roles that poke fun at his legendary temper. Most recently, he played himself in the 2008 Adam Sandler flick “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.”

Ivan Lendl

Three of Lendl’s five daughters are competitive golfers, and Lendl does whatever he can to help their athletic careers, from driving them to tournaments to overseeing their fitness regimens. Lendl’s oldest daughter, Marika, is a freshman on University of Central Florida’s golf team and hopes to play professionally one day.

Lendl hasn’t exited tennis completely. Earlier this year, he helped his former agent Jerry Solomon manage the sold-out exhibition between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer at Madison Square Garden. Lendl and Solomon are now working on a March 2 exhibition at the Garden featuring Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, and Serena and Venus Williams.

Lendl also has done some commentary work for Tennis Channel.

Chris Evert

She hosts an annual charity tennis event in Delray Beach, Fla., that has drawn everyone from McEnroe to former President George H.W. Bush to Billy Crystal. Evert has also done so much work for a children’s hospital in her native Fort Lauderdale that the facility has been named the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General.

She also is a partner and coach at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton. The USTA bases its Player Development program there.

Martina Navratilova

One of the first openly gay professional athletes, Navratilova has been a tireless and effective advocate for the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual) movement. She is also a passionate activist for women’s rights, animal rights, and underprivileged children. Navratilova, who like Lendl has become an American citizen, donated money to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the primaries and to Barack Obama’s campaign in the general election.

Fitness is an important issue for Navratilova as well. Her recent book, “Shape Your Self,” is a guide to healthy living. Last year she signed on as health and fitness ambassador for the country’s main retirement organization, the AARP.

Navratilova showed off her own fitness this year on the British reality television show “Help I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” She made it to the final of the contest, which required participants to survive in the Australian jungle.

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