Chris Evert Says She Was Not as Strong as Serena Williams and Had to Find Other Ways

Published 09/23/2022, 6:50 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: Honoree Chris Evert speaks onstage during the 33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, which raised millions of dollars for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The New York Hilton Midtown on September 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis )

Chris Evert dominated women’s tennis during the 70s and the 80s. The American tennis legend, along with the likes of Martina Navratilova, took a major chunk of big titles in women’s tennis during that period. Additionally, she teamed up with Navratilova, her biggest on-court rival, to play a crucial role in the United States Fed Cup wins.

During her illustrious career, Evert clinched an impressive 18 Grand Slam singles titles. That included 7 French Open and 6 US Open titles. She is considered one of the greatest female players on the clay court. Recently, she spoke about her cool and calm nature on the tennis court.

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Chris Evert talks about her mental fortitude

During a conversation with Debbie Millman on the ‘Design Matters with Debbie Millman’ podcast, Evert opened up about her personality on the court while comparing it with the likes of Navratilova and Serena Williams.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams of the United States and Chris Evert pose after the women’s singles final match on Day fourteen of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Williams defeated Wozniacki in two sets by a score of 6-3, 6-3. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

She said, “I’m a firm believer and I tell all my kids that I mentor in tennis. I tell them, when you get too emotional, the mind turns off. You’re feeling, feeling, feeling, but you’re really not thinking. And you have to think when you’re a tennis player.”

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Further, she added, “It came easy to me and I say that not in a boastful way but in a way that I wasn’t the one naturally strong, quick athlete of a Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, or Serena Williams. So I had to compensate and find other ways.” 

Evert’s message to Roger Federer after his retirement announcement

Earlier this month, the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, announced his decision to retire from tennis. Subsequently, Evert had an emotional message for him. She said, “You are my favorite player, you’ve always been my favorite player and you know you’re the only player that I cry when you lose.” 

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Later today, Federer will play the last match of his tennis career at the Laver Cup. He will team up with Rafael Nadal to play doubles at the tournament.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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