Golfing great Greg Norman has dismissed reports of a reunion with ex-wife Chris Evert, describing it as “fabricated rubbish”.
News Corp Australia reports Norman and former tennis queen Evert have rekindled a friendship almost seven years after their brief marriage ended.
The report quotes an unnamed source in Woman’s Day magazine as saying Norman and Evert “see each other from time to time and almost get on better than they ever did when they were married”.
But Norman says any reunion with Evert is “so untrue it’s a joke”.
“These groundless banal articles with repositioned quotes hurt many people, but I guess that factor is never taken into consideration by the journalists that write them and the editors that approve them,” he told News Corp’s Sunday Mail newspaper.
“My wife (Kirsten Kutner) knows this is fabricated rubbish and gives it the attention it deserves, but it does hurt to some degree when she sees her photo cut-and-pasted in the magazine to intentionally make a situation look dire … She knows me and she knows the position I’m in where, unfortunately, I have been a target in Australia at times.”
Norman wed Kutner, an interior designer who grew up in Sydney’s northern suburbs, in the Caribbean in 2010.
It followed his $US100 million ($A130.40 million) divorce settlement with first wife Laura Andrassy in 2007 and his 16-month marriage with Evert that ended in 2009.
Nicknamed “The Great White Shark”, Norman was the world’s number one ranked golfer for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s.