THE EVERT RECORD
Starting on page 72 of this week's issue, Chris Evert explains why she will retire from tennis after the U.S. Open. It seemed appropriate to let her achievements speak for themselves:
•She has won 157 singles championships, the most in the history of tennis.
•Her career record is 1,300-144. She has defeated 356 different opponents.
•Since 1975 she has been No. 1 in the year-end world rankings five times and has never been lower than third.
•She has won 18 Grand Slam singles crowns, third on the alltime list behind Margaret Court and Helen Wills Moody. She won at least one Grand Slam singles title a year for 13 straight years (1974-86), a feat unequaled by any other player in modern history.
Evert has earned nearly $9 million in her 17 years on the pro tour, yet somehow we're the ones who feel enriched by her long and glorious career.
A BROKEN COMEBACK
The most worrisome medical news last week was that San Francisco Giants lefthander Dave Dravecky, who fractured his pitching arm in a game in Montreal, could suffer a recurrence of cancer as a result of the injury. "If there are tumor cells around, they could be stimulated by the fracture," said Dr. George Muschler, who removed a malignant tumor—and half of the deltoid muscle surrounding it—from Dravecky's arm last October.
Dravecky's seemingly miraculous comeback (SI, Aug. 21) from that surgery ended suddenly. As he delivered a fastball to the Expos' Tim Raines in the sixth inning of a 3-2 Giants win on Aug. 15, the humerus bone in his left upper arm snapped with a loud pop. Dravecky crumpled to the ground.