Chris Evert Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Husband, Net Worth & More

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Who is Chris Evert?

Christine Marie Evert (born December 21, 1954), known as Chris Evert Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is an American former world No. 1 tennis player.

She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles. She was the year-end world no. 1 singles player seven times (1974–78, 1980, 1981). Overall, Evert won 157 singles titles and 32 doubles titles.

Former tennis star Chris Evert diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Former tennis star Chris Evert diagnosed with ovarian cancer
Former tennis star Chris Evert diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Former tennis star Chris Evert has been diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer.

Evert, 67, revealed the illness in a story posted Friday on ESPN.com; she is an on-air announcer for ESPN.

She said she learned of the cancer last month and began chemotherapy treatments this week.

“I’ve lived a very charmed life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me,” Evert said. “But I have comfort in knowing the chemotherapy is to ensure that cancer does not come back.”

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, reached No. 1 in the WTA rankings and was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.

Her sister, Jeanne Evert Dubin, died from ovarian cancer in February 2020, aged 62.

“Be your own advocate. Know your family’s history. Have total awareness of your body, follow your gut and be aware of changes,” Evert said in the ESPN story. “Don’t try to be a crusader and think this will pass.”

Chris Evert Biography, Wiki

Evert was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and has tennis in her blood. Her father Jimmy was a tennis coach, mother Colette was a club player, and sisters Clare and Jeanne as well as brothers John and Drew all played tennis at some level or the other.

Evert turned pro in 1972, and quickly became a media and fan favorite. By the time she won her first Grand Slam, at the French Open in 1974, she was already a national icon.

Chris Evert is a retired American tennis player, and easily one of the world’s greatest ever. At one point of time, in the late 70s, she so thoroughly dominated the women’s game that she was considered nearly unbeatable.

Evert crafted an indelible legacy on her beloved claycourts, winning a record 7 French Open titles and a further 3 US Open crowns (when it was played on clay).

She also formed one half of the most famous rivalry in all of women’s tennis: her tussle for supremacy with Martina Navratilova was the subject of endless debate and scrutiny during their playing days, and continues to be so till today.

Chris Evert Biography Wikipedia
Chris Evert
Full nameChristine Marie Evert
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBoca Raton, Florida
BornDecember 21, 1954 (age 67)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro1972
RetiredSeptember 5, 1989
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachJimmy Evert
Dennis Ralston
Prize money$8,895,195

Chris Evert Career

When Evert was 15 years she was invited to play an eight-player clay court tournament where she defeated Margaret Court – a world No. 1 and Grand Slam winner in the semi-finals. This led to Chris Evert being selected as the youngest ever player in the US Wightman team.

Chris Evert made her Grand Slam debut in 1971 following an invitation to play at the U.S. Open where she played against several seasoned professional players and reached the semi-finals. In 1973, Chris Evert finished as runner up in the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments.

In 1974, she went through a “winning streak” of 55 consecutive matches during which she won the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments along with 16 other tournaments. Chris Evert also reached the finals of her maiden Australian Open tournament and semi-finals of the US Open. She was chosen to be ranked No. 1 by tennis experts. This ranking remained up to 1979.

In 1975, Chris Evert won the French Open and US Open tournament. The WTA rankings were introduced this year and she was the first woman tennis player to be ranked No.1.In 1976, Chris Evert won the US Open and Wimbledon; the only time in her career she won both the tournaments in same year. During the two years that followed Chris Evert won 18 of 25 tournaments played, and won the US Open tournaments in both years.

Chris Evert dominated the clay court matches and starting from 1973 she won 125 consecutive matches on clay losing only eight sets in the period. This winning streak was broken in 1979 semi-final of Italian Open when she lost to Tracy Austin. Her ranking dropped to No. 2 that year.

Chris Evert regained her No.1 ranking between 1980-1981 with victories in the French Open (1980), US Open (1980), and Wimbledon (1981).In 1982, she won her first Australian Open and thus completed her career Grand slam. But, by this time her dominance in women’s tennis was being seriously challenged by Martina Navratilova, it gave birth to a great rivalry between the two of them.

Over a period of time Martina became the No.1 player and Chris Evert’s performance dipped. But, Evert still managed to win the Australian Open in 1984 and the French Open in 1985 and 1986. In 1989, Chris Evert retired from professional tennis.

Presently, Chris Evert operates a tennis academy in Florida along with coaching the high school team at Saint Andrew’s high school. She also contributes to the magazine “Tennis” where she is a publisher as well. Beginning in 2011, she has been associated with ESPN as a tennis commentator.

Chris Evert Relationships

Evert has been involved in numerous high-profile relationships, and her engagement to Jimmy Connors in 1974 inspired a huge media frenzy.

That relationship didn’t last long though, and Evert went on to get married thrice – to tennis player John Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, skier Andy Mill from 1988 to 2006, and golfer Greg Norman from 2008 to 2009.

Chris Evert Awards and Achievements

  • Between 1974 and 1986, Christ Evert won at least one major tournament every year.In 1976, Chris Evert was awarded “Sportswoman of the Year” by the ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine.
  • In 1985, the Women’s Sports Foundation voted her as “Greatest Woman Athlete of the Last 25 Years”.In 1995, Chris Evert was unanimously selected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Chris Evert had to her credit 7 French Open singles for 27 years until it was broken by Rafael Nadal in 2013. She is still the only woman player who has achieved this.
  • Again in 2013 she was awarded a special merit from the International Tennis Hall of Fame.She has the maximum number of clay court Grand Slam titles till date i.e. 10.
  • Chris Evert has to her credit 18 Grand Slam single titles and 3 doubles championships. On the whole, she has won 157 single titles and 29 doubles tournaments.
  • She was ranked number one in the world from 1974 to 1978 and in 1980 and 1981.

Chris Evert FAQ’s

Who is Chris Evert?

Christine Marie Evert (born December 21, 1954), known as Chris Evert Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is an American former world No. 1 tennis player.

What happened to Chris Evert?

Former tennis star Chris Evert has been diagnosed with an early stage of ovarian cancer.

How old is Chris Evert?

Chris Evert is currently 67 years old.

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