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Chris Evert

United States

D.O.B.
Dec 21
1954
Height
5'6"
1.68 m
Weight
125 lbs.
56.6 kg
Plays
Right-handed
two-handed backhand
Status
Pro Dec. 21, 1972
Retired Sept. 1989
Biography
Married two-time Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill on July 30, 1988...Gave birth to sons Alexander James (October 12, 1991), Nicholas Joseph (June 8, 1994), and Colton Jack (June 14, 1996) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida...Whole family is involved in tennis; mother, Colette, is a club player; father, Jimmy, retired in 1997 from teaching at Holiday Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he instructed his children: Jeanne, born in 1957, was a touring pro; Clare, born in 1968, played collegiate tennis for Southern Methodist University; eldest brother Drew, born in 1953, played varsity tennis at Auburn University and was a teaching pro; younger brother John, born in 1961, played varsity tennis at Auburn and works in the tennis industry...Two books include the autobiography Chrissie (written with Neil Amdur), published in 1982, and Lloyd on Lloyd (co-authored with John Lloyd in collaboration with Carol Thatcher), released in June 1986...Likes to visit Paris and The Great Barrier Reef in Hamilton Island...On November 11, 1989, was first female sports celebrity to guest host the American comedy television show Saturday Night Live...Featured on front of Wheaties cereal box in 1987...Hosted Chris Evert Special on prime-time television...Emerged as the most widely known athlete in the nation in a poll conducted by American Sports Data, Inc. in 1991.
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (154 WTA Tour): 1971 - St. Petersburg, Charlotte, Tulsa, South Orange; 1972 - Virginia Slims Championships, Fort Lauderdale, Queen's Club, US Clay Courts; 1973 - Virginia Slims Championships, Akron, Johannesburg, New York Indoors, Sarasota, Atlanta, Miami, St. Petersburg, Cleveland, Columbus, Fort Lauderdale, US Clay Courts; 1974 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Rome, Hilton Head, US Clay Courts, Mission Viejo, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Dallas, Houston, Newport, Eastbourne, Canadian Open, Tokyo Gunze, Hilton Head Invitational; 1975 - Roland Garros, US Open, Rome, Hilton Head Invitational, San Francisco, US Clay Courts, Atlanta, Houston, Amelia Island (FC Cup), Virginia Slims Championships, Orlando, Akron, L'Eggs Classic-Austin TX, Rye [New York], Palm Springs, Tokyo Gunze ; 1976 - Wimbledon, US Open, San Francisco, Eastbourne, Washington DC, Detroit, Phoenix, L'Eggs Classic-Austin TX, Sarasota, Colgate Series Championships, Tokyo Gunze, Amelia Island; 1977 - US Open, Virginia Slims Championships, Colgate Series Championships, Hilton Head, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Hollywood [Florida], Philadelphia, Tucson; 1978 - US Open, Colgate Series Championships, Hilton Head, Atlanta, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Tokyo Emeron Cup; 1979 - Roland Garros, US Clay Courts, Eastbourne, Los Angeles, Seattle, Clairol Crown-La Costa, Vienna, Mahwah; 1980 - Roland Garros, US Open, Rome, US Clay Courts, Canadian Open, Brighton, Deerfield Beach, Chichester; 1981 - Wimbledon, Rome, Hilton Head, Amelia Island, Swiss Open, Boston, Deerfield Beach, Clairol Crown-La Costa, Sydney; 1982 - Australian Open, US Open, Rome, Atlanta, Amelia Island, Swiss Open, Deerfield Beach, Tokyo Lions Cup, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa; 1983 - Roland Garros, Berlin, Amelia Island, Brighton, Palm Beach Gardens, Deerfield Beach; 1984 - Australian Open, Hilton Head, Canadian Open, Los Angeles, Key Biscayne, Johannesburg; 1985 - Roland Garros, Berlin, Hilton Head, Tokyo Lions Cup, Canadian Open, Newport, Brighton, Palm Beach Gardens, Key Biscayne, New Orleans; 1986 - Roland Garros, Miami, Key Biscayne, Oakland, Houston, Orlando; 1987 - European Open, Tampa, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans; 1988 - Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa.

DOUBLES
Winner (8): 1987 - Tampa (w/Turnbull); 1979 - Oakland (w/Casals), Los Angeles (w/Casals); 1976 - Wimbledon (w/Navratilova); 1975 - Roland Garros (w/Navratilova), Rome (w/Navratilova); 1974 - Roland Garros (w/Morozova), Rome (w/Morozova).

ADDITIONAL
United States Fed Cup Team 1977-82, 86-87, 89. United States Wightman Cup Team 1971-73, 75-82, 84-85. United States Olympic Team 1988.
Career Review
• Owns the highest winning percentage in pro tennis history (.900)
• Has the best record on clay of any player for any single surface with a 125-match win streak set from August 1973-May 1979, until Tracy Austin defeated her 64 26 76 in 1979 Rome SF
• Holds Open Era record for most consecutive Grand Slam SFs or better with 34 from 1971 US Open through 1983 Roland Garros
• Competed in 19th and final US Open in 1989; lost to Zina Garrison 76(1) 62 in QF; reached SFs or better in 17 of 19 appearances; first US Open was in 1971 at 16 years of age; won 101 matches at the US Open, more than any other player, male or female
• From 1972-1989, was never ranked lower than the Top 4
• Won at least one Grand Slam title per year for 13 years, 1974-86
• Is tied with Martina Navratilova for fourth on all-time list with 18 Grand Slam singles titles (7 Roland Garros, 6 US Open, 3 Wimbledon, 2 Australian Open); Margaret Court leads all players with 24, Steffi Graf is second with 22 and Helen Wills Moody is third with 19
• Reclaimed the No. 1 ranking on June 10, 1985, after upsetting Navratilova 63 67(4) 75 in Roland Garros final; prior to that, her last time at No. 1 was June 1981
• Won 1,000th career singles match during 1984 Australian Open, becoming first player, male or female, to reach that landmark; ended career second in match wins with 1,309
• Reached SF or better of 52 of last 56 Grand Slams
• Mark of 55 consecutive match wins, set in 1974, stood until Martina Navratilova set record of 74 straight in 1984; through 2001, the 55-match winning streak ranks fifth in the Open Era • Through 2002, her 154 singles titles ranks second in the Open Era
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