There has never been a sporting rivalry to match the intensity, longevity, public impact and emotional resonance of the years-long duel between these two great athletes.
Johnette Howard is an award-winning sports journalist. Previously with the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated, she has been a sports columnist at Newsday since 1999. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and her work is included in David Halberstam's Best American Sports Writing of the Century. She has known Martina Navratilova for over ten years.
"Together, match by match, final by final, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova changed women's tennis forever. I watched their rivalry with awe and pride: two remarkable athletes, fierce competitors--and good friends. It's hard to remember what it was like for women and women athletes in particular back then; Johnette Howard captures it all in vivid detail. "The Rivals is must reading for anyone with a passion for tennis and for anyone curious about Evert and Navratilova's utter transformation of the women's side of the game." --Billie Jean King "For all our seeming familiarity with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, Johnette Howard takes us deep inside the greatest rivalry in tennis history to reveal how it took the two champions the length of their twenty-year tennis war to truly know and love each other and themselves. With diligence and skill Howard chronicles their magnificent battles on the court, their turbulent times off the court, and the civil wars they waged within their own fragile psyches. It makes the journeys taken and the destinations reached all the more remarkable." --Mary Carillo, CBS Sports "With Chrissie and Martina as the leading ladies, Johnette Howard insightfully takes us on a marvelous tour through the panorama of the rise of professional tennis. She digs well below the surface of a tennis court to probe celebrated psyches as never before." --Bud Collins, "Boston Globe/NBC "Finally, here is the definitive, inside-out look at one of the most gripping rivalries and relationships in sports. Johnette Howard's insightful and writerly book is the story of friendly enemies, and enormous friends--two women who were alternately competitorsand confidantes. It places Evert and Navratilova alongside Palmer and Nicklaus, Magic and Bird, and Ali and Frazier, but it also, rightly, sets them apart, historically inseparable and unique." --Sally Jenkins, coauthor of "It's Not About the Bike and "Every Second Counts