Petrified of People, Chris Evert Once Revealed an Unknown Flip Side to Her Personality- ‘Martina Claims I Tell..’

Published 12/11/2022, 10:15 AM EST

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The American tennis legend, Chris Evert, is praised for her tenacious and inspiring tennis court performances. However, only a few fans know that the 18-time singles Grand Slam champion used to be petrified of people. Evert once revealed that she used to be very shy as a young girl before making her mark on the tennis court as a fierce tennis player.

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However, the game of tennis changed things for Evert as she overcame this side of her identity. As a result, the former tennis player made a name for herself after she entered the realms of the game. Since then, Evert has cherished the game of tennis as the crucial reason behind the establishment of her identity.

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Chris Evert once opened up about an unknown side of her

The former American tennis player, from a young age, worked hard in order to reach the unprecedented heights of her journey. Chris Evert was raised on the clay of that city’s tennis courts and she later made a name for herself as one of the greatest. Since then, the 18-time singles Grand Slam champion has always been quite vocal about various on and off-court incidents.

However, Evert once opened up about an unknown side of her and how tennis later changed things for her. Meanwhile, talking about that Evert also talked about her friend and rival, Martina Navratilova. She stated“Martina claims I tell the dirtiest jokes around — probably as a semirevolt against my strict Catholic upbringing”.

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She added, “And when I’ve become angry in practice, every four-letter word imaginable has graced these lips.” Evert was born in Fort Lauderdale, and she started her training under the guidance of her coach and father, Jimmy. The former US Open champion was only 5 when she started working hard on the tennis court with her dad. Later on, Evert not only ranked No. 1 in Women’s under-14 tennis but also on the WTA tour.

Evert also revealed that she used to be petrified of people

The 6-time US Open champion is known for being vocal about various on and off-court issues. Additionally, Evert as a ferocious athlete, has dominated against some of the best players on the WTA tour. However, prior to all this, Evert was just a young shy girl who was just “petrified of people.”

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Evert further revealed, “Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.” Notably, Evert made a name for herself by winning 18 singles Grand Slam titles because of her iconic performances on the court.

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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching superstar Rafael Nadal play.
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