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Christine Marie "Chris" Evert (Fort LauderdaleFlorida - 21 december 1954) is a former toptennis player and former world number one ranking from the United States.During her career, she won 18 Grand Slams, including among other 7 times on Roland Garros, a record. According to the women's Tennis Association she was best player in the years 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980 and 1981, according to many other sources also in 1974 and 1978.

Edwards has the highest percentage of WINS in the entire professional tennis: 90% (1309 against 146). Steve Flink, in his book The Greatest Tennis Matches of the Twentieth Century the third best tennis player of the 20th century, after Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. [1in the first or Evert never lost in the second round in a Grand Slam singles tournament. She won three Grand Slam singles titles as a double player. She has been married four times and is now single.

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Career[Edit]Edit

Youth[Edit]Edit

Evert got from her fifth year tennis lessons from her father, Jimmy Evert, a professional tennis coach, who had won the title in 1947 of the Canadian Championships. By 1969 was Evert's no. 1 in the girls under 14 years in the USA and she played her first senior tournament in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale: she lost in the semifinal ofMary-Ann Eisel in 7-5, 3-6, 6-1. Jennifer Capriati came only in 1990 at the age of 13, further at its first tournament, when she pulled out of the tournament in Boca Raton.

Juniors[Edit]Edit

Evert won the Championship In 1970 for 16-year-olds (and under) and she was invited to a clay court tournament in Charlotte. As in the first round she defeated 15-year-old Françoise Dürr (6-1, 6-0) after which they defeated Margaret Court in the semi-final (7-6, 7-6). Court had just won the Grand Slam in singles (all grand slam tournaments in a year). By these results was Evert as the youngest ever chosen for the team of the Wightman Cup. [2]

1971-1974[Edit]Edit

During her Grand Slam singles debut in 1971 U.s. Open, Evert as sixteen-year-old. The invitation she received after winning the Championship by 16-year-olds and younger. After an easy profit on Edda Buding survived Evert in the first round six match points against Mary-Ann Eisel with Eisel Evert serverend, finally won with 4-6, 7-6 and 6-1. In the rounds after Evert also had to come back in the parties against Françoise Dürr (2-6, 6-2, 6-3) and Lesley Hunt (4-6, 6-2, 6-3), both renowned professionals. Eventually she lost in the semifinal of Billie Jean King (6-3, 6-2). With this defeat came an end to a series of 46 victories in carefully selected adults tournaments.

In 1973, Evert second at Roland Garros and Wimbledon to one year later with victories there to grab her first Grand Slam singles titles . Edwards then fiance Jimmy Connors won the men's singles at Wimbledon. This provided a lot of publicity for the "Love Match". The relationship itself was short-lived.

Evert and Connors played in the final of the mixed doubles at the US Open in 1974 although Evert rarely played doubles. Doubles (also women's doubles) had less and less over the years the attention of Evert, which rather concentrated on singles.

1975-1989[Edit]Edit

The five years afterwards it was Evert the world number one, she was several times (often for brevity) overthrown by Evonne GoolagongTracy Austin and Martina Navratilova. Evert won Roland Garros again in 1975 and the first of four U.s. Open titles in a row by profit on Goolagong in three sets.

[1][2]At Camp David (August 1990)

Evert won Wimbledon in three sets against Goolagong. By her calm, icy action earned them the nickname Ice Maiden of the tennis. [3]

In the second half of the 1970s came a new rival for Evert in the person of Martina Navratilova. Although they were best friends off the field was their mutual rivalry on the tennis court one of the most legendary in the history of tennis. Evert had the upper hand In the beginning, but had to who over the years ' 80 let ever more to Navratilova.

Evert retired In 1989 with professional tennis. In her career, she won 157 singles titles and 8 doubles titles. Its profit percentage in finals was 68.6% (157-72). She reached the semifinals in 273 of the 303 tournaments. She won the WTA Tour Championships 4 times and with the team of the United States the Fed Cup8 times. Her last career game was a win over Conchita Martínez in the final of the Fed Cup in 1989: 6-3, 6-2.

Titles and statistics[Edit]Edit

Although she was successful on all surfaces on gravel the dominantst. From August 1973 she won 125 consecutive parties on gravel with only 7 sets lost. This record still stands, also in men. [4losing to Tracy Austin (6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4)) in the semifinal of the Italian Open in 1979 broke through this series. Evert gave afterwards to be the record not happy to have lost, but that the pressure on her because of this less had become. Next, Evert won 72 consecutive matches on clay to the loss against Hana Mandlíková in the semi-finals of Roland Garros in 1981.

Evert won at Roland Garros a record of seven titles; She won three of them in dries etters against Navratilova in 1975 as defending champion (2-6, 6-2, 6-1), in 1985 (6-3, 6-7, 7-5) with which they for the fifth and last time claimed the Number1 position and in 1986 (2-6, 6-3, 6-3), her last Grand Slam singles title.

In the years 1974 to 1986 has conquered at least one Grand Slam singles title each year Evert. There are 18 in total: 7 times Roland Garros, 6 times the u.s. Open (clay, 3 times 3 times hard), the Australian Open, Wimbledon 3 times 2 times (on grass). In the 56 grand slam tournaments that she played took them 52 times the semi-final and the final 34 times. Between september 1971 (her debut at the US Open) and June 1983 (her twelfth visit to Wimbledon), Evert took out at least the semifinals in 34 tournaments ever: also this record still stands. It ended when it was at Wimbledon refused to grant the request from Evert in her party to postpone against Kathy Jordan because of food poisoning. As a result, also her chance disappeared that year on a Grand Slam: Evert possessed all the titles of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open.

The profit percentage of all its grand slam tournaments is 88.7% (297-38): Roland Garros 72-6, 94-15 at Wimbledon, US Open 101-13 (most parties ever won) and 30-4 at the Australian Open. All 6 times they competed in the Australian Open she reached the final; She played 14 Grand Slam finals against Navratilova which they lost 10. The only tournament wins were 3 times Roland Garros and once Australian Open; Navratilova defeated Evert has at least once in all grand slam tournaments. Profit was there for Evert in the semifinals of the u.s. Open (1975), Wimbledon (1976 and 1980), and the Australian Open (1988); She lost in the semifinals of the u.s. Open (1981), Wimbledon (1987 and 1988), Roland Garros (1987).

Competitors[Edit]Edit

The rivals where Evert had were: Virginia Wade (40-6), Martina Navratilova (37-43), Evonne Goolagong Cawley (26-13), Virginia Ruzici (24-0), Sue Barker (23-1), Betty Stöve (22-0), Rosemary Casals (22-1), Hana Mandlíková (21-7), Wendy Turnbull (20-1), Billie Jean King (19-7: gain in the last 11 Parties with loss of only 2 sets) Pam Shriver (19-3), Kerry Melville Reid (18-2), Manuela Maleeva-Fragnière (17-2), Helena Suková(17-2), Andrea Jaeger (17-3), Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat (16-3), Olga Morozova (15-0), Françoise Dürr (13-0), Margaret Court (9-4), Tracy Austin (8-9), Mary Joe Fernandez (7-0), Gabriela Sabatini (6-3), Nancy Richey Gunter (6-5: earnings in the last 6 games), Steffi Graf (6-8: loss in the last 8 lots), Monica Seles (2-1).

Awards[Edit]Edit

Evert was four times named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year and given the title Sportswoman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. [5[6she received in april 1985 the title "Greatest Woman Athlete of the Last 25 Years" by the women's Sports Foundation.

Evert was in 1975 and 1976 and from 1983 to 1991 Chairman of the women's Tennis Association. [7In 1995, she was the fourth player who was unanimously chosen for the International Tennis Hall of Fame after a worldwide survey of 185 sports journalists. In 1999 came on the 50th place in the list of North American Athletes of the 20th century. [3[8in 2005, TENNIS Magazine named her in fourth place in the list of "Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era". [9]

Private[Edit]Edit

Evert was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the daughter of Colette Thompson and Jimmy Evert. [10Jimmy was a professional tennis coach and came from a real tennis family. Chris and her sister Jeanne were tennis professional; their brother John was given a full scholarship to play tennis through the University. Evert received her degree at the St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale in 1973.

Even before she won her first Grand Slam tournament she closed a contract with Puritan Fashions Corp. for sportswear. The Director of this company has a racehorse called to Evert.

Evert has had several famous men and partner: her romance with Jimmy Connors was widely reported in the publicity. Their planned wedding on 8 november 1974 sidetracked.

In the following years, Evert had relationships with successively Burt ReynoldsGeraldo RiveraAdam FaithVitas Gerulaitis and John Gardner Ford, the son of former president Gerald Ford.

They married in 1979 with the British tennis player John Lloyd and was from then known as Chris Evert-Lloyd. They divorced in 1987.

In 1988, Evert married with the American skier Andy Mill. They had three sons: Alexander James (12/10/1991), Nicholas Joseph (8-6-1994) and Colton Jack (14-6-1996). This marriage was dissolved on 4 december 2006. [11[12]

On 28 June 2008 Chris Evert in the Bahamas is married to the Australian golfer Greg Norman. [13on October 2, 2009, the couple announced that they were going after 15 months apart marriage "as friends with due regard for each other's family." [14On 8 december of that year, the divorce pronounced.

After her career[Edit]Edit

Evert leads a tennis Academy that bears her name in Boca Raton. She supports the tennis team of the Saint Andrew's High School. In addition, she works for for Tennis Magazine.

Grand Slam Singles Titles[Edit]Edit

Performance Table[Edit]Edit

Grand slam singles[Edit]Edit

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
[3] Australian Open - - - F - - - - - - - F W - W F g.t. - F -
[4]

Roland Garros

- - F W W - - - W W HF HF W F W W HF 3R -
[5]Wimbledon - HF F W HF W HF F F F W F 3R F F HF HF HF HF
[6]US Open HF HF HF HF W W W W F W HF W F F HF HF KF HF KF

Grand slam doubles[Edit]Edit

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
[7] Australian Open - - - - - - - - - - - 3R - HF KF g.t. - F -
[8]

Roland Garros

- HF W W - - - KF KF KF - 3R - KF 3R - - -
[9]Wimbledon 1R 1R HF KF W 2R - KF KF KF 3R 3R 3R KF 2R - HF 3R
[10]US Open 3R HF - HF - - 1R HF 2R 3R 3R - KF KF - 3R KF -

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