AS USUAL, THANK CHRISSIE…AND, YES, COME HERE FOR THE NEWS BEFORE IT’S NEWS (Occasional Sports’ Moment #37)

Forbes has put out its annual list of the ten* most highly paid female athletes in the world

They come from everywhere:  The U.S., Japan, Germany, Romania, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine, Russia, Venezuela (by way of Spain).  Nine different countries and four different continents.

 And they have one thing in common. They are all tennis players. 

Chris Evert mainstreamed women’s tennis in the 1970’s. As I mentioned here, she was the only one who could have done it and the only woman who ever has. She was her own Title IX, only ten times as productive and a hundred times as efficient.

I only bring this up because a) she’s never gotten credit for it b) she’ll never so much as hint at deserving the credit and c) when I wrote my previous articles about her (the first is linked to the one I’ve linked above), tennis players were only 7 of the top ten.

All the other revolutions have stalled or receded. Hers alone keeps growing.

*actually 11, there was a tie for tenth place.

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