Chris EvertTennis Player
Born: 21 December 1954
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Best known as: 1970s tennis champ dubbed "The Ice Maiden"
Name at birth: Christine Marie Evert
Chris Evert was a women's tennis champion between 1974 and 1986, famous for her poise on court and her powerful two-fisted backhand. Evert grew up playing tennis with her father in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. When she was 15 years old she landed in the spotlight with a win over the top-ranked woman in tennis, Margaret Court. The next year she made it to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open; she lost to Billie Jean King, but Chrissie's skill and maturity on the court made the tenacious teen a crowd favorite. Her cool demeanor on the court earned her the nicknames "Ice Princess" and "Ice Maiden," but her easy charm off the court made her famous beyond the sports pages. She had a two-year romance (1974-76) with tennis champ Jimmy Connors that only heightened her celebrity. Throughout the late '70s Evert was one of the sport's dominant players, and her charisma and a thrilling rivalry with Martina Navratilova helped popularize women's tennis (the two faced each other 80 times; Navratilova ended up with a 43-37 advantage). Retired since 1989, Evert occasionally does on-air commentary for NBC television. She holds 157 singles titles, 8 doubles titles and a career total of 18 Grand Slam singles titles. She won the French Open seven times, the US Open six times, Wimbledon three times and the Australian Open twice.
Extra credit: Evert holds a record 125 consecutive wins on clay courts, a streak broken in 1979 by Tracy Austin... In 1979 she married John Lloyd and began competing as Chris Evert Lloyd. She and Lloyd divorced in 1987. Evert married Olympic skier Andy Mill in 1988 and divorced him in 2006; they have three sons. In 2008 she married golfer Greg Norman and later that year told Vogue magazine that the two had had an affair while still married to their previous spouses.
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