An Underdog Story: Chris Evert

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An Underdog Story: Chris Evert

A story on the power of quiet confidence
Chris Evert for LPGA and Rolex

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LPGA Women's Network

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Unafraid of being outmatched by an opponent’s physical strength or stature, Chris Evert relied on the mental strength that earned her the name “ice-maiden.”

“Playing a tennis match is very much like life. If you’re down, you can still come back. It teaches you a lot about determination, about hanging in there and not giving up,” Chris Evert says. With 18 Grand Slam® singles titles and a record 90 percent career-winning percentage, it’s a mantra that has served the retired American tennis Hall-of-Famer well.

With her calm resolve and pinpoint groundstrokes, Chris Evert dominated women’s tennis from the time she turned professional in 1972 until retiring in 1989. She appeared in more Grand Slam® singles finals (34) than any other player in the professional era, winning a record seven at the French Open and six at the U.S. Open. She ended the year as World No. 1 from 1974 to 1978, and in 1980 and 1981. Elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995, her influence and excellence in the sport have paved the way for the tennis champions that followed, and earned her yet another title, that of a Rolex Testimonee.

“When I joined the Rolex family 40 years ago, it was about Jackie Stewart and Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and later on, Roger Federer. It’s the cream of the crop. It’s not only the most successful people but it’s the best sportsmen, it’s the best behaved, it’s all about class and integrity.”

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