Chris Evert
Professional Tennis Player
Chris Evert
Christine Marie "Chris" Evert is a former world #1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, including a record seven championships at the French Open and a record six championships at the U.S. Open. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981.
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Fighting spirit propels Serena to tennis greatness
Yahoo News - 23 days
Serena Williams says her rise to become perhaps the greatest player of all time is all down to mental strength and never giving up, a trait learned from Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. The dominant American now holds more Grand Slam titles in the Open era than anyone else, after surpassing Graf's 22 by winning the Australian Open final against her sister, Venus, on Saturday. Navratilova has 18, along with Chris Evert, while Margaret Court has 24, but only 11 of those were won after the more competitive Open era began in 1968.
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Tennis - Tennis: Age-defying Venus ends major final drought
Yahoo News - 26 days
- Venus Williams rolled back the years to battle into her first Grand Slam final since 2009, brushing off the dangerous Coco Vendeweghe at the Australian Open on Thursday. The focused 36-year-old was imperious in banishing her power-hitting fellow American 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena, striking a blow for the tennis old guard. In making the decider, she becomes the oldest finalist at Melbourne Park in the Open era, joining a select list of 30-somethings to get that far including Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
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Tennis - Evert sees post-Serena 'new era' taking shape
Yahoo News - 4 months
- Women's tennis has entered a new era no longer dominated by Serena Williams, 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert said Saturday. 
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Chris Evert Serves Up Her Beautiful Boca Raton Estate for $6M
Fox News - 5 months
Chris Evert's Spanish-style home is a sports enthusiast's paradise complete with swimming pool, tennis court, and putting green. The post Chris Evert Serves Up Her Beautiful Boca Raton Estate for $6M appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Serena Williams rides serve to first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova
ABC News - 6 months
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams' serve was in fine form in a routine first-round win over Ekaterina Makarova at the US Open. The top-seeded Williams had played just three singles matches since Wimbledon because of a sore right shoulder, but it didn't show as she hit 12 aces, with only one double fault, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory Tuesday in 63 minutes. It was a potentially tricky draw for Williams as she opened her bid for a record 23rd major title. Makarova is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist who just missed a seed. Williams' first serve averaged 108 mph, and she hit one as hard as 121 mph. Meanwhile, sister? Venus Williams needed three sets to win her 18th first-round match at the US Open. She defeated Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 despite 63 unforced errors and improved to 18-0 in the Open's first round. Only Chris Evert (19-0) has a better record in the first round in the Open era, according to ESPN...
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Tennis-Records aside, US Open getting personal for Serena
Yahoo News - 6 months
By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) - At last year's U.S. Open, Serena Williams was trying to rewrite the record book and fell short, but starting on Monday at Flushing Meadows winning is getting personal. Williams' 184-week reign as world number one is under attack, and the American will be loathe to relinquish it, according to no less an authority than ESPN commentator Chris Evert, who held the lofty perch for a total of 260 weeks. "Serena being number two in the world doesn't sort of sit well with her," Evert said in a conference call this week ahead of the U.S. Open.
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Tennis Star Chris Evert Says Menopause Contributed To Her Divorce
Huffington Post - 7 months
In a recent interview, tennis icon Chris Evert opened up about her past marriages, specifically how menopause influenced her divorce in 2006. As a guest on “The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong,” Evert discussed divorcing her ex-husband, Olympic athlete Andy Mill, in 2006. The tennis star mentioned that her experience with menopause, a topic often seen as taboo, was partly to blame.  “We had a rough couple years because I married Greg Norman who was Andy’s friend and that was ― I don’t know,” she said. “I was going through menopausal stuff that doesn’t get talked about enough, what women go through at 50ish.” Evert, 61, has three sons with Mill and explained to Armstrong how having kids changed her life, perhaps even more so than tennis. “I went from being number one in the world and having those highs to meeting a great guy, Andy Mill, and having three children,” she said. “And that was ... I don’t know if tennis brought joy as much as having kids brought joy to my l ...
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Pay equity outrage has blessings for tennis pioneers King, Evert
Yahoo News - 11 months
Women's tennis pioneers Billie Jean King and Chris Evert reflected Wednesday on the struggles that brought women equal pay with men at major events in the wake of the latest gender-equity controversy. Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore resigned Monday, a day after disparaging remarks about women's tennis, and Novak Djokovic backed equal pay for men and women players Wednesday after three days where earlier remarks suggesting men are more popular and should make more money sparked a firestorm of controversy. "If there is a silver lining to all that has gone on, it's that there has been such outrage defending the women's game," Evert said.
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Escape artist Serena will struggle to match 2015 feats: Evert
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams must stop giving opponents head starts if she is to come anywhere near emulating last season's feat of winning three of the year's four grand slams, according to former world number one Chris Evert. Williams, 34, has hardly struck a ball in anger since a shock semi-final defeat by Italian Roberta Vinci at last year's U.S. Open dashed hopes of a rare calendar year grand slam. The American will begin as favorite for next week's Australian Open, despite slight concerns over a niggling knee injury, but Evert believes she cannot afford the slow starts to matches that were a feature of 2015.
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Serve Like Serena and You Too Can Dominate: Evert
NYTimes - over 1 year
Tennis legend Chris Evert believes an inability to dominate on serve is preventing the current crop of female players from usurping Serena Williams at the top of the rankings with the American world number one using her main weapon to great effect.
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Tennis-Serena strolls to eighth Miami title
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
* Claims third consecutive Key Biscayne crown * World number one puts knee injury behind her (Adds quotes) By Simon Evans MIAMI, April 4 (Reuters) - Serena Williams won her eighth Miami Open title with little trouble, enjoying a 6-2 6-0 win over Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro in just 56 minutes on Saturday. The victory was the world number one's third consecutive title at Miami and she becomes just the fourth woman in the open-era to win the same tournament eight times, joining Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf. The American had to pull out of Indian Wells before her semi-final due to a knee injury and there had been doubt over her participation at Miami.
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Serena Williams: How to Stand Out and Win
Huffington Post Sports - about 2 years
Tennis history was made today as Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to win her 6th Australian Open. More importantly, Serena's 19th Grand Slam singles title surpasses my childhood tennis icons Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. This latest victory reminds me why Serena knows how to stand out and WIN - in tennis and in life. Since bursting onto the tennis scene in the late 1990s, Serena (as well as older sister Venus) knows what it is like to not fit in. In the hallowed halls of professional tennis, it's rare to see top players who are black - not just from the United States, but from any country. Serena and Venus were outsiders who challenged the tennis establishment, and that's why I gravitated to them. As an immigrant, racial minority and gay man, I root for anyone who stands out as different and still succeeds. And that's what we can all learn from the Serena experience. While sports accomplishments brought her to our attention, Serena transcends the tennis cou ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Evert
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In 2015, she launched a line of tennis and active apparel in collaboration with Tail Activewear called Chrissie by Tail.
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  • 2011
    In June 2011, she joined ESPN as a tennis commentator for Grand Slam tournaments.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Evert left Mill to marry her third husband, Australian golfer Greg Norman, a married friend of Mill's, on June 28, 2008 in the Bahamas. On October 2, 2009 they announced they were separating after only 15 months of marriage. Their divorce became final on December 8, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Evert operates a tennis academy bearing her name in Boca Raton, Florida. She also helps coach the Saint Andrew's School's high school tennis team. She is a contributor to Tennis magazine, of which she is also publisher.
  • 2006
    The divorce was finalized on December 4, 2006 with Evert paying Mill a settlement of U.S. $7 million in cash and securities.
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    On November 13, 2006 Evert filed for divorce.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, TENNIS Magazine named her fourth on its list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Tennis Channel conducted a poll of players and experts to determine the 100 greatest players of all-time, in which Evert ranked ninth overall, and fourth highest among women (finishing behind Graf, Navratilova, and Court in that order.) In June 2013 Evert was awarded a special merit from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They presented her their gold ring in recognition of her outstanding achievements both on and off the tennis court.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    In 1995 she was the fourth player ever to be unanimously elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame following a worldwide ballot of 185 sports journalists whilst 1999 saw Evert rated No. 50 among ESPN's Greatest North American athletes of the 20th century.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Evert's last match was a 6–3, 6–2 win over Conchita Martínez in the final of the 1989 Fed Cup.
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    Evert retired from the professional tour in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details During her career, she amassed 18 Grand Slam singles titles (at the time, an open era record, male or female), won 154 singles titles (at the time, the record for male or female) and 32 doubles titles, she held the most. Her record in finals was 157–72 (.686). She reached the semifinals in 273 of the 303 tournaments she entered. Evert won the WTA Tour Championships four times and helped the United States win the Fed Cup eight times.
  • 1988
    In 1988 Evert married two-time Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill.
    More Details Hide Details They have three sons: Alexander James (born October 12, 1991), Nicholas Joseph (born June 8, 1994) and Colton Jack (born June 14, 1996).
  • 1986
    For Evert, beating Navratilova in any slam represented beating the best player, which provided her with two of her most satisfying "final time" wins: The 1986 French Open, where at the age of 31 years, she won her last Grand Slam title defeating Navratilova in three sets and the 1988 Australian Open where she handily dispatched Navratilova in the semifinals in two sets to reach her 34th and last Grand Slam final at the age of 33.
    More Details Hide Details Perhaps of all of Evert's records and accomplishments, what may be her greatest single achievement is her unequaled record of having won at least one Grand Slam singles title a year for 13 consecutive years, from 1974 through 1986. They are as follows: '74 French, Wimbledon; '75 French, US Open; '76 Wimbledon, US Open; '77 US Open; '78 US Open; '79 French Open; '80 French, US Open; '81 Wimbledon; '82 US, Australian Open; '83 French Open; '84 Australian Open; '85 French Open; '86 French Open. This is an unparalleled record of consistency in the world's biggest tournaments, made even more impressive when it's realized that Evert did not even participate in the Australian Opens held from 1975 to 1980 and in 1983, or the French Opens from 1976 to 1978, as previously noted; thereby further reducing her number of chances to win one of the sport's four crown jewels.
  • 1985
    In 1985 Evert prevailed 6–3, 6–7, 7–5, a win that saw her capture the World No. 1 computer ranking for the fifth and final time.
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  • 1981
    Evert rebounded with another clay court streak that reached 64 matches (including titles at the 1979 and 1980 French Open) before ending with a semi-final loss to eventual winner Hana Mandlíková at the 1981 French Open (a record of 189 victories in 191 matches on clay from 1973 to 1981).
    More Details Hide Details Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling had a similar run of clay court dominance from 1935 through 1939, winning the French Championships in three consecutive years (not playing there the other two years) and incurring only one loss on clay during that five-year period. Evert's record of seven French Open singles titles stood for 27 years until being broken in June 2013 by Rafael Nadal. She still holds the record for female players and the record for most clay court Grand Slam titles, male or female with 10 (seven French Opens and all three US Opens played on clay in 1975–77). Three of her victories came in three-set finals against Navratilova. In 1975 Evert defeated Navratilova to defend her title from the previous year 2–6, 6–2, 6–1.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    In 1979 Evert married the British tennis player John Lloyd and changed her name to Chris Evert-Lloyd. After her affair with British singer and actor Adam Faith, the couple separated, but reconciled and chronicled their marriage in a biography Lloyd On Lloyd co-authored by Carol Thatcher. The couple divorced in 1987.
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    The streak was broken on May 12, 1979 in a semifinal of the Italian Open, when Evert lost to Tracy Austin in a third-set tiebreak after Evert lost a game point to go up 5–2 in the final set.
    More Details Hide Details Evert said after the match, "Not having the record will take some pressure off me, but I am not glad to have lost it."
  • 1977
    The other noteworthy event was Evert's three-set loss to Wade in the semifinals of the 1977 Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details It was Wimbledon's centenary year, coinciding with Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee as monarch. A new rival to Evert's dominance emerged on the scene in the second half of the 1970s in the form of Martina Navratilova. Though frequent doubles partners, and good friends off the court, their fierce on-court rivalry is remembered as one of the greatest in tennis history. Evert had the best of their earlier encounters, at one point holding a 30–18 edge. However, in late 1982 Navratilova overhauled her game and fitness to begin a 13-match winning streak that culminated in dramatic fashion at the 1984 US Open, on what came to be known as Super Saturday. They entered the final with 30 wins apiece. In a thrilling three-set victory, Navratilova overcame a first set deficit and a decidedly pro-Evert crowd to win 4–6, 6–4, 6–4. Eventually the Evert-Navratilova rivalry saw a final match record of 43–37 in favor of Martina, who also led 14–8 in Grand Slam matches and 10–4 in Grand Slam finals. An examination of their record against each other shows that in outdoor matches, Navratilova led Evert 10–5 on grass and 9–7 on hardcourts, whereas Evert was up 11–3 on clay to give her a 23–22 edge outdoors. She also defeated Navratilova more times on Evert's own "weakest" surface, grass, than Navratilova did Evert on her own "weakest", clay. Evert also led their head-to-head three-set match wins 16–14 but trailed Navratilova 14–21 in indoor encounters, arguably Evert's least-favorite court venue.
    1977 and 1978 saw Evert continue to dominate the women's game, winning two more US Opens, the final one played at Forest Hills on clay (1977) and the inaugural one on hard courts at Flushing Meadow (1978).
    More Details Hide Details She won 18 of 25 tournaments, with a 126–7 match record, failing only once to reach at least the semifinals during that span. Of particular note is that Evert skipped the French Open during these years (as well as 1976) to play in King's World TeamTennis. Many tennis historical experts believe that had she not skipped the tournament, she would have reigned supreme, winning in all three years and pushing her total French Open titles to 10. This feat would have seen her finish alone in third place on the list of all-time Grand Slam singles winners, with 21 titles (behind only Margaret Court with 24, and Graf with 22).
  • 1976
    Her 1976 performance earned her Sports Illustrated's title of Sportsman of the Year, one of only three occasions that the award has been given to a tennis player.
    More Details Hide Details Evert's domination of the women's game and her calm, steely demeanor on court earned her the nickname of the "Ice Maiden" of tennis. Throughout her career, Evert was ranked number one in the world at the end of seven different years by Tennis Magazine, by World Tennis Magazine and as well as a majority of other major tennis experts from 1974 through 1978, and in 1980 and 1981. In addition Evert had by far the overall best match record in each of those seven years.
    The following 1976 season holds a unique distinction for Evert, as this was the only time in her career where she won both Wimbledon and the US Open titles in the same year.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Cawley in a thrilling three-set final on the grass and then dismantled her on the clay at Forest Hills, losing just three games. In all, Evert won 26 of 39 matches with Cawley.
  • 1975
    Evert served as President of the Women's Tennis Association during 1975–76, and from 1983 to 1991.
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    In 1975 she won her second French Open and the first of four straight US Open titles by defeating Cawley in a three-set final.
    More Details Hide Details Also in November of that year the official WTA computer ranking system was instituted, with Evert being the first No. 1. In total Evert logged 260 weeks at number one (third all-time behind Graf and Navratilova, respectively). Until February 2013 she held the record of the oldest woman to be ranked number 1, achieving that distinction after reclaiming the spot for the final time during the week of November 24, 1985, at the age of 30 years and 11 months. This was ten years and three weeks after she had first achieved the number one spot. That record stood for 27 years and three months until Serena Williams surpassed it in 2013.
    Evert has served as president of the Women's Tennis Association during eleven calendar years, 1975–76 and 1983-91.
    More Details Hide Details She was awarded the Philippe Chatrier award and inducted into the Hall of Fame. In later life Evert was a coach and is now an analyst for ESPN and has a line of tennis and active apparel in collaboration with Tail Activewear called Chrissie by Tail. Evert began taking tennis lessons when she was five years old from her father Jimmy Evert (a professional tennis coach who had won the men's singles title at the Canadian Championships in 1947).
  • 1974
    They got engaged when she was 19 and a wedding was planned for November 8, 1974.
    More Details Hide Details The romance did not last and the wedding was called off. In May 2013, Connors wrote in his autobiography that Evert was pregnant with their child and she unilaterally decided to terminate the pregnancy.
  • 1973
    In 1973 Evert was the runner-up at the French Open and the Wimbledon Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details A year later she won both those events during her then-record 55-consecutive-match winning streak, which included eight other tournament wins. She ended the year with a 100–7 match record, winning 16 tournaments including two Grand Slams, having been a finalist in her first Australian Open, and having for a fourth straight year reached the semifinals at the US Open. She was chosen as the year-end number one by the leading tennis experts and authorities of the day - except Bud Collins - over her closest rivals, King and Evonne Goolagong, each of whom had six titles including a Grand Slam (King the US Open and Goolagong the Australian Open). Her fiancé at the time, Jimmy Connors, won the Wimbledon men's singles title that year and media attention surrounded the "Love Match" of tennis that summer. They partnered in the mixed doubles event at the 1974 US Open, finishing as runners-up. Their engagement was short-lived as it was called off later that year. However, their on-again off-again relationship continued over the next couple of years.
  • 1971
    Between September 1971 (her Grand Slam debut at the US Open) and June 1983 (her twelfth visit to The Championships Wimbledon), Evert never failed to reach at least the semi-finals of the 34 Grand Slam singles events she entered.
    More Details Hide Details This stunning string, however, was broken in the third round at Wimbledon in 1983 when the All England Club refused Evert's request to delay her match with Kathy Jordan to recover from food poisoning. This defeat also ended her attempt to be the holder of all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously, as Evert was then holder of the '82 Australian, U.S., and the '83 French titles. In 56 Grand Slam singles events entered from 1971 to 1989, Evert fell short of the semifinals a mere four times (1983 Wimbledon 3rd round; 1987 US Open quarterfinal; 1988 French Open 3rd round; 1989 US Open quarterfinal). In exchange for this consistency, she never exhibited the in-season Grand Slam dominance of her historical rivals; while Court, Graf, and Navratilova each won three Grand Slam singles titles in a season at least twice in their careers, Evert never managed the feat once during her own career.
    Evert made her Grand Slam tournament debut at the 1971 US Open, aged 16, receiving an invitation after winning the national sixteen-and-under championship.
    More Details Hide Details After an easy straight-sets win over Edda Buding in the first round, she faced the American No. 4 Mary-Ann Eisel in the second round. Evert saved six match points - with Eisel at one stage serving at 6–4, 6–5 (40–0) in the second set - before going on to win 4–6, 7–6, 6–1. She made two further comebacks from a set down, against Dürr and Lesley Hunt, both seasoned professionals, before losing to Billie Jean King in a semifinal in straight sets. This defeat ended a 46-match winning streak built up through a variety of professional and junior tour events. This winning streak included her first matches with and wins over King, Virginia Wade and Betty Stöve.
  • 1969
    By 1969 she had become the No. 1 ranked under-14 girl in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Evert played her first senior tournament in that year also, reaching the semifinals in her home town of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, losing to Mary-Ann Eisel 7–5, 3–6, 6–1. (For years, this was the record for the furthest a player had reached in her first senior-level tournament. That record was broken when another Floridian, Jennifer Capriati, reached the final of the tournament in Boca Raton, Florida, in 1990 at the age of 13.) In 1970, Evert won the national sixteen-and-under championship and was invited to play in an eight-player clay court tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 15-year-old Evert defeated Françoise Dürr 6–1, 6–0 in the first round before defeating Margaret Court 7–6, 7–6 in a semifinal. Court was the World No. 1 player and had just won the Grand Slam in singles. These results led to Evert's selection for the U.S. Wightman Cup team, the youngest player ever in the competition.
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  • 1954
    Born on December 21, 1954.
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