The players themselves will not broach the subject. But their closest confidants were more than willing to discuss the bad blood that now exists between Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova, the world's top two female tennis players.
"Steffi just doesn't have any personal feelings of great affection for Navratilova," says Peter Graf, the father of the world's No. 1 player. "They don't meet. They don't have any contact. Why should they? Apart from tennis they have nothing in common."Graf stopped Navratilova's streak of six straight Wimbledon wins Saturday with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory.
"You would have to ask Steffi if she likes Martina," Peter Graf said. "But I'm her father and she has never told me that she does. What she does tell me is that she doesn't approve of her lifestyle - she has no time for that at all.
"I would not even say Steffi admires her. She has respect for good tennis, but it's no more than that. They are not friends and I'm sure Steffi doesn't feel she needs to change that."
Graf's father also accused Navratilova of calling his daughter at her home and attempting to play psychological games with her.
Judy Nelson, who left her husband five years ago to become Martina's constant companion, says Navratilova has nothing against Graf.
"Martina just doesn't think that playing tennis successfully is just a question of taking the money," she says. "Martina admires excellence and great athletes, and Steffi is certainly that. But she needs to show a little maturity.
"The young girls like Steffi have had it easier. Martina feels that very strongly and wishes they would realize it more.
"The one thing Martina resents is the chances that she never had that have come Steffi's way. Steffi started when she was four and has always had the best guidance. She was professional before her 14th birthday, for heaven's sake.
"When Martina started she had a supportive family and that's it. there were no special diets or coaching. It wasn't available to her and it bothers her a lot that she'll never know how much better she might have been."
Navratilova was embroiled in another minor controversy before Saturday's championship.
Defending champions are allocated two tickets for all future Wimbledon title matches, and Navratilova figured her eight championships should give her the right to 16 tickets. As a player competing for the title Sunday, she also had use of a competitor's box which held eight members of her entourage.
"Just because Martina has won so many times," said a spokesman for the All England Club, "doesn't make her any more of a member. She is not entitled to more than the normal allocation of two tickets."
Graf, looking to gain any edge possible Saturday, turned to Mark Woodforde, the powerful Australian left-hander, for help in facing Navratilova's slicing left-handed serve.
In her loss to Navratilova in the championship match last year, Graf had difficulty returning the serves to her backhand.
Woodforde held a match point against No. 1 seed Ivan Lendl in a fourth-round match before losing.
A handwriting expert analyzed the signatures of Graf and Navratilova and correctly predicted Graf would win Saturday's match.
Jenny Halfon said Graf would win because "she is touched by genius."
Of Navratilova, Halfon said: "Martina is a hard woman but there also signs of sudden shyness and fear. There is a masochism here which probably goes back to her childhood, which wasn't all roses. Her writing also reveals she has a guilty secret. She has a delicate digestion but can be stubborn and swear like a trooper."
Of Graf, Halfon said: "Steffi is a daddy's girl. I think she is secretive about sex. She likes being in the limelight and desires greatness. She is not very streetwise and can get ... into a twist on a social level and in relationships. She likes nature and to be close to it."