The obvious common thread connecting Chris Evert, Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob is tennis.
Chris Evert is one of the all-time great female tennis players in history. She was ranked year ending world number one in singles play in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980 and 1981. In addition, she is a two-time Australian Open singles champion, seven-time French Open singles champion, three-time Wimbledon singles champion, and six-time U.S. Open singles champion.
Subsequent to her retirement in 1989, she has been involved in the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, heads the Chris Evert Charities which benefits organizations such as The Ounce of Prevention Fund, serves on the advisory boards of a number of organizations, and is a former president of the WTA. She also serves as a tennis commentator with ESPN.
Chris was voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.
Lindsay Davenport is widely viewed as one of the elite tennis players over the past 45 years. In 2005, Tennis magazine ranked her as the twenty-ninth best player of the preceding 40 years. She was ranked year ending world number one in singles play in 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005. In addition, she is the 1998 U.S. Open singles champion, 1999 Wimbledon singles champion, and the 2000 Australian Open singles champion.
Lindsay retired from WTA singles competition in 2011, but she has played a part-time schedule for the Orange County Breakers of the WTT. She has also ventured into the field of tennis commentating with the Tennis Channel.
Upon her eligibility, her entrance into the International Tennis Hall of Fame is certain.
Justin Gimelstob was the USTA top ranked player in the boys age groups 12, 14, 16, and 18 as a junior. His pro career was not as stellar with his highest singles ranking at number 63 on April 19, 1999. He teamed with Venus Williams to win the 1998 Australian and French Open mixed doubles titles. In addition, he was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1998 and 2001.
Subsequent to his retirement in 2007, he has been a blogger for Sports Illustrated and has served as a regular commentator for the Tennis Channel.
The not so obvious common thread connecting these three is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; the American television crime drama series with plots involving a team of forensic investigators who collect information, evidence, and mix it with the latest science available to solve the mysteries of a crime.
Evert, Davenport and Gimelstob will appear as themselves in an episode of CSI scheduled to be shown in January, 2013. The plot is believed to center around an investigation of the death of a professional female tennis player.
The series has been recognized as the most popular series internationally with an estimated viewership of over 74 million. In 2012, CSI was named the most watched show in the world for the fifth time.
CSI can be seen on the CBS network, Wednesdays at 9pm (est). Be sure to watch.