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In 1999, Alexandra Stevenson made a splash at Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals in her debut.
Controversy accompanied her march through the early rounds.
The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel published Alexandra’s birth certificate, which showed Julius Erving as the father.
A superb ESPN Outside the Lines article recounts the story:
“Basketball icon meets female sportswriter, has extramarital affair, gets sportswriter pregnant, misses childbirth due to game against Pacers, asks for separate lives, reads about the child 18 years later in the newspaper, has a broken heart, wishes for a way to reconcile, spends nine years thinking about it, can't pull the trigger.”
It was difficult for Alexandra: “She put her dad on a shelf and left him there for a quarter-century. Just because the rest of the world is preoccupied with Julius Erving doesn't mean she's had to be. She says she has never Googled him…”
But the story ends well. In 2008, Alexandra forgave her father and they met. They have a relationship today.
Career Highlights: In 2002, Stevenson reached her highest ranking: 18. She has one WTA doubles title.