‘I Was at High School and Wanted Boyfriends’ – Chris Evert Once Revealed How She Wanted to Be Tough and Strong While Looking Feminine

Published 10/06/2022, 5:29 AM EDT

Chris Evert was one of the most graceful tennis players during the 80s and the 90s. Born into a tennis-playing family, Evert was introduced to the sport by her father, Jimmy Evert. Subsequently, he went on to become her daughter’s coach as she scaled new heights in tennis.

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Evert caught everyone’s eyes when at the age of just 15, she defeated the top-ranked, Margaret Court. Further, Evert went on to win 18 Grand Slam singles titles in her illustrious career. Evert once opened up about being in the limelight and maintaining her personality.

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Chris Evert once made a strange admission

During an interview, the American tennis legend talked about being a female athlete in the 70s. She said, “I was young, quiet and shy. I was uncomfortable in the limelight, I didn’t like people looking at me. I was insecure about the way I looked.”

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Former professional tennis player Chris Evert hosts a private tennis clinic for Starwood Preferred Guests during the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images for SPG)

Further, she added, “Back in the 70s, it was still kind of taboo to be a woman athlete. It was considered masculine, but I wanted to be feminine so I wore ruffles on my bloomers, ribbons in my hair, bracelets and a little make-up.”

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Talking about maintaining her personality, Evert said, “I wanted to be tough and strong, but I also wanted to look feminine. I was at High School and wanted boyfriends.”

Evert pens down her thoughts about Roger Federer

The Swiss maestro announced his retirement from tennis last month after playing in the Laver Cup. Subsequently, many famous personalities congratulated him on a wonderful career. Evert also shared her thoughts about Federer’s glorious career.

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She said, “No champion has ever been as loved by his peers as Roger Federer.” Evert is a huge fan of the Swiss maestro and has often praised him for his audacious displays on the tennis court. Federer played his last match with Nadal. The two teamed up for Team Europe to play doubles at the 2022 Laver Cup. However, it was a losing end to Federer’s career, as the two legends lost against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

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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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