They’re in love. Like young newlyweds. Like teenagers, for goodness’ sake. You see it in the way they hold hands. You see it in the way she needles him, and he laughs. You see it in the way they compete on the tennis court.
Yes, Greg Norman and Chris Evert, two of the biggest superstars of the last 25 years, are really, truly in love.
I spent the better part of a day with the power couple near their home in South Florida.
It’s been just over a year since they were married and enjoyed part of their honeymoon at Royal Birkdale in England. That’s where Greg nearly pulled off one of the greatest achievements in sports history: winning the British Open at age 53. And Chris was with him every step of the way.
On Golf in America, you see Greg at work in his handsome office in West Palm Beach. What stood out is the grasp he has on the language of the business world, sounding every bit like a graduate of Harvard Business School. Greg actually never went to college, simply attacking his numerous commercial enterprises with the same aggressive and confident stride that made him an iconic figure on the golf course.
Interestingly, when Greg sits besides Chris to chat with me, he’s no longer the man in command, but rather a man, well, as I said earlier, a man in love. And what you see is that (pun intended) Greg has met his match in Chris. She’s funny, forceful and very obviously his biggest fan.
From the office, we headed over to the driving range, where Chris watched Greg hit balls in preparation for the Masters. They also poked fun at me when I mistreated the turf with my wedge.
Later, we headed to Chris’ tennis center in Boca Raton, and that was eye opening. First, Chris can still pound the ball from baseline to baseline, and as I watched, I was quickly reminded that she won 18--count ‘em—18 grand slam titles. Second, Greg can really play, and he has only been at it for three years. Not shockingly, they’re very, very competitive.
Don’t miss the conclusion to the story. It ends with one of the year’s better lines: Greg delivering the ace to his beautiful new bride.
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