STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Chris Evert Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of tennis great Chris Evert,...

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 7:55 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2018 7:55 AM

Here is a look at the life of tennis great Chris Evert, who won at least one Grand Slam singles championship 13 years in a row (1974-1986).

Personal:
Birth date: December 21, 1954

Chris Evert

Sports figures

Sports and recreation

Tennis

Athletes

Divorce and separation

Society

Professional tennis

Martina Navratilova

Females (demographic group)

Population and demographics

Fast Facts

Birth place: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Birth name: Christine Marie Evert

Father: James "Jimmy" Evert, pro tennis instructor

Mother: Colette (Thompson) Evert

Marriages: Greg Norman (2008-2009, divorced); Andy Mill (1988-2006, divorced); John Lloyd (1979-1987, divorced)

Children: with Andy Mill: Colton, Nicholas, Alexander

Other Facts:
By age 14, she was the number one nationally ranked player in the Girls' 14-under Division.

At 15, she beat the number one ranked player in the world at the time, Margaret Court.

Holds the highest winning percentage, male or female, in "Open Era" tennis history (.900).

Her rivalry with Martina Navratilova began in 1973 and lasted until 1988, and has been called the greatest in sports history. They faced each other in 14 major finals.

Ranked number one in the world for seven years: 1974-1978, 1980 and 1981.

Holds 157 singles titles.

In 52 of 56 Grand Slam tournaments over the course of her career, she reached at least the semifinals.

Holds 18 Grand Slam singles titles and three Grand Slam doubles titles, two of which are with Martina Navratilova.

Timeline:
1971 - At 16 she reaches the US Open semifinals, losing to Billie Jean King.

December 21, 1972 - Turns professional on her eighteenth birthday.

1973 - Announces her engagement to men's tennis star Jimmy Connors. They end their engagement in 1974.

March 22, 1973 - Faces Martina Navratilova on the court for the first time, beginning a long lived professional rivalry and personal friendship. Evert defeats Navratilova (7-6, 6-3).

1974 - Wins the French Open, her first Grand Slam title.

November 1975 - Signs with the World Team Tennis (WTT) Phoenix Racquets.

1976 - Sports Illustrated names her "Sportswoman of the Year."

1976 - Becomes the first female athlete to earn $1 million in career prize money.

January 1980 - Announces she will take an indefinite leave after fulfilling her upcoming tennis commitments, and plans to travel with her husband, John Lloyd.

May 7, 1980 - Five months after announcing her plans to take a break from tennis, she competes in the first round of the Italian Open. Evert defeats unseeded Adriana Vilagran of Argentina 6-0, 6-1.

1982 - Simon and Schuster publishes her autobiography "Chrissie: My Own Story."

1983-1991 - President of Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

April 1985 - The Women's Sports Foundation names her the "Greatest Woman Athlete in the Last 25 Years."

1988 - Member of the US Olympic team.

September 1989 - Retires from professional tennis after the US Open tournament after her defeat in the quarterfinals by Zina Garrison.

November 11, 1989 - Becomes the first female athlete ever to host "Saturday Night Live."

1989 - Launches Chris Evert Charities, Inc. to fight substance abuse and children born into drug addiction.

1990-2003 - Analyst with NBC Sports.

January 1991 - President George H.W. Bush appoints her to serve as a board member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

July 16, 1995 - Becomes a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She is only the fourth player to be elected unanimously.

1996 - Opens the Evert Tennis Academy with her father, Jimmy, and brother, John.

1999 - ESPN honors her as one of the "Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century."

March 2001-2013 - Publisher of Tennis magazine.

2011-present - Commentator and analyst for ESPN.

November 2014 - Launches her tennis wear line, "Chrissie by Tail."

July 11, 2015 - Stars as herself in the HBO tennis mockumentary, "7 Days in Hell."

Terre Haute
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 70°
Robinson
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 65°
Indianapolis
Few Clouds
71° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 71°
Rockville
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 65°
Casey
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 71°
Brazil
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 70°
Marshall
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 70°
No Change
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 150554

Reported Deaths: 7309
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook934964664
Lake10104427
DuPage9454480
Kane7949280
Will7061322
Winnebago3131101
McHenry2179100
St. Clair2089143
Kankakee133565
Unassigned1170210
Rock Island109430
Madison107770
Kendall101122
Champaign99217
Boone62321
DeKalb59520
Peoria58329
Sangamon47333
Jackson34319
McLean29214
Randolph2917
Stephenson2806
Ogle2794
Clinton24417
Macon24122
LaSalle23717
Whiteside19915
Union19519
Grundy1855
Coles18417
Iroquois1685
Tazewell1588
Knox1490
Warren1470
Monroe14113
Adams1391
Cass1367
Williamson1344
Morgan1323
Jefferson11117
Lee1042
McDonough10415
Henry1031
Vermilion822
Pulaski790
Marion730
Macoupin613
Montgomery591
Perry591
Douglas540
Livingston532
Jo Daviess491
Christian474
Jasper477
Ford411
Woodford392
Jersey371
Franklin360
Bureau312
Menard260
Mercer250
Washington250
Cumberland240
Fayette243
Mason230
Wabash230
Alexander220
Carroll212
Johnson210
Piatt200
Effingham191
Hancock191
Moultrie190
Shelby191
Clark180
Crawford180
Logan180
Bond171
De Witt160
Edgar160
Fulton160
Massac150
Wayne151
Schuyler130
Marshall120
Brown100
Saline100
White90
Greene80
Henderson80
Lawrence80
Richland70
Hamilton60
Stark60
Pike50
Gallatin40
Clay20
Edwards20
Calhoun10
Hardin10
Out of IL10
Pope10
Putnam10
Scott10

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 49063

Reported Deaths: 2732
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11760689
Lake5276246
Elkhart340255
Allen2835133
St. Joseph200169
Cass16429
Hamilton1608101
Hendricks1425100
Johnson1296118
Porter76738
Tippecanoe7359
Clark66844
Madison66764
Bartholomew59145
Vanderburgh5876
LaPorte58326
Howard58058
Kosciusko5624
Marshall5016
Noble48528
LaGrange4779
Jackson4733
Boone45443
Delaware45252
Hancock45236
Shelby43125
Floyd38444
Morgan32731
Monroe30928
Montgomery29720
Grant29626
Clinton2902
Dubois2886
Henry28216
White26610
Decatur25432
Lawrence24825
Dearborn23823
Vigo2388
Warrick22729
Harrison21622
Greene19032
Miami1862
Jennings17712
Putnam1708
DeKalb1634
Scott1628
Daviess14817
Wayne1436
Orange13623
Perry1359
Steuben1302
Franklin1268
Ripley1247
Jasper1232
Wabash1142
Carroll1102
Fayette1037
Newton9910
Gibson982
Whitley975
Starke943
Randolph804
Huntington782
Jefferson762
Wells751
Fulton721
Jay680
Washington671
Pulaski661
Knox640
Clay604
Rush583
Owen501
Adams491
Benton480
Posey450
Sullivan451
Spencer441
Brown421
Blackford392
Crawford320
Fountain322
Tipton311
Switzerland280
Parke240
Martin220
Ohio180
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193