Athlete Spotlight: Chris Evert, Tennis Legend
Name: Christine Marie “Chris” Evert
Country: United States
Height: 5’ 6’’ Weight: 130 lbs.
Date of Birth: December 21, 1954
Accomplishments: 18 Grand Slam singles championships, 32 doubles titles, World No.1 Tennis player, No.1 singles player from 1974 to 1978, 1980 and 1981, 157 singles championships
Chris Evert is a former World no.1 professional tennis player from the United States. The 61-year old tennis player started her career when she was just five years old. Her father Jimmy Evert, who was a professional tennis coach and won the men’s singles title at the Canadian Championships in 1947, taught her how to play tennis. Chris Evert was known as Chris Evert-Lloyd from 1979 to 1987. She won 3 Grand Slam doubles championships and 18 singles.
The star player reached finals of 34 Grand Slam singles, which is more than any other tennis player in the history of the game. Out of 56 Grand Slams that she played, she reached in semifinals of 52 games, including the finals or semifinals of 34 consecutive Grand Slams starting from “the 1971 US Open through the 1983 French Open.”
Evert was never defeated in the second or the first round of a Grand Slam singles tournament. She won a record six at the US Open and a record seven championships at the French Open in Grand Slam singles play.
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The star tennis player was the year-ending no. 1 singles player in the world in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. Overall, the star player won 32 doubles titles and 157 singles championships. The career winning percentage of Evert in singles matches is 89.96%, which is more than any other man or woman in the history of Open Era tennis. Her career winning percentage on clay courts in singles matches is 94.55% and it is a WTA record. During eleven calendar years (1975–76 and 1983-91), the tennis player has served as the president of the Women’s Tennis Association as well. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame and was awarded the Philippe Chatrier award. She was named fourth in the TENNIS Magazine’s list of 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era in 2005.
Evert, apart from playing tennis, was a coach as well and she is an analyst for ESPN now. She joined ESPN in June 2011 as a tennis commentator for Grand Slam tournaments. In addition to this, she released a line of active and tennis apparel in partnership with Tail Activewear dubbed Chrissie by Tail. Evert is a publisher as well as a contributor to Tennis magazine.
Evert was awarded a special merit in June 2013 from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They honored her with their gold ring for her outstanding achievements both on and off the tennis court. On four occasions, Evert was voted the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year. The 61-year old World no.1 singles tennis player is operating a tennis academy in Boca Raton, Florida. Additionally, she assists in coaching the high school tennis team of Saint Andrew’s School.