Randy Walker talks with the greatest brother-sister combination in American tennis history – Cliff and Nancy Richey – about the French Open and some amazing stories from the history of tennis on the PrimeSportsNetwork.com / World Tennis Magazine podcast here: http://primesportsnetwork.com/prime-sports-tennis-cliff-nancy-richey-podcast/
Highlights from the podcast include….
- The chaos in Paris at the first ever major tournament open to pros at the 1968 French Open
- The story on the only amateur to win a major singles title in Open Era
- What 16-year-old Bjorn Borg and 16-year-old Martina Navratilova were like in their first major tournaments – from their opponents!
- The story of the founding of the WTA Tour
- The dynamics of a brother and sister being top-ranked professional players
Nancy Richey won two major singles titles in her career – the Australian singles title in 1967 and the French Open in 1968 – and won a total of 73 singles titles spanning the amateur and pro eras. She was one of the “Original 9” founders of the WTA Tour, a member of the winning US Fed Cup team in 1969 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.
Cliff Richey was a semifinalist at Roland Garros in 1970 and a semifinalist at the US Open in 1970 and 1972. He won the first ever Grand Prix points title in pro tennis in 1970 and was a member of the 1969 and 1970 winning U.S. Davis Cup teams. He won 45 singles title in his career spanning the amateur and pro eras. He is also the author of the book “Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion’s Toughest Match” for sale here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0942257669/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_tKfsxb12PF601