Chris Evert is a former American professional tennis player, born into a family where tennis-playing family, of their lifestyle. Chris Evert started taking tennis lessons at a young age of five from her father who was a professional tennis coach.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Chris Evert was born on 21 December 1954, in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, currently is 65 years old. She was born to Jimmy Evert and Colette Thompson. Her father was a professional tennis coach and she began taking tennis lessons from her father at the age of five. Moreover, her full name is Christine Marie Evert and she is also called Chris Evert Lloyd.
She has four siblings; sister Jeanne, brother John, Drew and younger sister Clare who all play tennis. She was born under Sagittarius birth sign.
In 1973, she graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale and later attended the Auburn University in Alabama with a full scholarship for tennis.
Career and Professional Life
Chris is an outstanding American tennis player who dominated the sport in the mid- and late 1970s. She remained a major competitor in the late 1980s as well. she was noted for her consistency, precision, poise, and grace and for popularizing the two-handed backhand stroke.
As a child, the constant practice helped she become the No. 1 junior player in the ‘Under 14’ age group and Grand Slam winner in the semi-finals. She 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. She also became the youngest player to reach the semifinals of the U.S. championship.
Further, in the following year, she advanced to the semifinal round of her first Wimbledon tournament and won the Virginia Slims tournament. In December 1972 she turned professional and she won her first professional tournament in March 1973. The same year, she graduated from high school soon after her first victory. Also, in 1973, she finished as runner up in the French Open.
More Details of her Tennis Career
Furthermore, her style evolved rapidly to feature a powerful two-handed backhand and a degree of concentration that often unnerved opponents. At age 15, she beat top-ranked Margaret Smith Court.
In 1974, she went through a “winning streak” of 56 consecutive matches throughout that she won the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments along with 16 other tournaments that also includes the Italian championship. She was ranked No. one by tennis experts. This ranking remained up to 1979.
In 1975, she won the French Open and America Open tournament. The WTA rankings were introduced this year and she was the 1st girl participant to be ranked No. 1. In 1976, she won the US Open and Wimbledon; the only time in her career she won both the tournaments in the same year.
She dominated the clay out matches and starting from 1973, she won 125 consecutive matches on clay losing only eight sets in the period. Her ranking dropped to No. 2 that year. Moreover, she also owns the highest winning percentage in pro tennis history. Also, from the year 1972 to 1989, she never ranked lower than the Top 4 and she is tied with Martina Navratilova for fourth on the all-time list with 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
She reclaimed the No. 1 ranking on 10 June 1985, after upsetting Navratilova 63 67(4) 75 in Roland Garros final and prior to this, her last time at No. 1 was in June 1981.
She regained her No. one ranking between 1980-1981 with victories in the French Open (1980), US Open (1980) and Wimbledon (1981). Likewise, in 1982, she won her first Australian Open and thus completed her career Grand slam.
Over a period of time, Martina became the No. one player and her performance dipped. But, Evert still wins the Australian Open in 1984 and the French Open in 1985 and 1986. And in 1989, she retired from professional tennis.
Presently, she operates a tennis academy in Florida with a coaching job in the high school team at Saint Andrew’s high school. She presents to Tennis magazine, of which she is also a publisher. In June 2011, she entered ESPN as a tennis commentator for Grand Slam tournaments. In 2015, she even launched a line of tennis and active apparel in collaboration with Tail Activewear named Chrissie by Tail. Similarly, she was also a member of the Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2019 Aurora Games.
Awards and Achievements
She won the national championship (Girls-under 16) for tennis in 1970. Between 1974 and 1986, Christ won at least one major tournament every year. Therefore, in 1976, she was honored with the title “Sportswoman of the Year” by the ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine.
In 1985, Women’s Sports Foundation voted her as “Greatest Woman Athlete of the Last 25 Years”. Also in 1995, she was unanimously selected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She had to credit 7 French Open singles for 27 years until it was broken by Rafael Nadal in 2013.
In 2013, she received a special merit from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She has to her credit 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 3 doubles championships. On the whole, she has won 157 singles titles and 29 doubles tournaments. She was ranked number 1 in the world from 1974 to 1978 and in 1980 another one year.
In the Seventies, Chris had a relationship with tennis player Jimmy Connors. The couple even played mixed doubles often. They were engaged however the marriage was called off.
She married tennis player John Lloyd in 1979. However, they divorced in 1987. During this wedding, she had an affair with British singer Adam Faith. In 1988, she married Olympic athlete Andy Mill and had 3 sons- Alexander James, Nicholas Joseph, and Colton Jack. And in 2006, she filed for a divorce that was granted later that year.
She married Australian golfer Norman in 2008. However, after a short period of 15 months into the marriage, they were getting a divorce which was finalized in 2009.
She is 5 feet 6 inches tall in height and weighs 57 kg. 34B is her bra size, 24 inches in her waist size and 34 inches is her Hip size. Her body measurement is 36-24-34. 4 US is her dress size and 7 US is her shoe size. Dark Brown is her Hair color and Light Brown is her Eye color.
Net Worth and Social Media
Chris Evert has a net worth estimation of $16 million. She has earned her net worth as winner of 18 Grand slam singles championships during a career that spanned 20 years.
Further, she is available on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She has 57.3k followers on Facebook, 221.4k on Twitter, and 36.9k on Instagram.