‘Realize the Power of Family’ – Chris Evert Pens Down a Heart-Warming Note Thanking Her Ex-Husband and Sons

Published 06/22/2022, 11:05 AM EDT
NEWPORT, RI – JULY 22: Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert waves to applause as she arrives at the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 22, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images for the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

Chris Evert is undoubtedly one of the biggest legends in the women’s game. The American has won 18 Grand Slam titles in her career while reaching the top of the WTA rankings. She won 7 Roland Garros titles while becoming one of the most dominant players of her time.

Unfortunately, earlier in January this year Evert announced that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She earlier lost her sister Jeanne Evert in 2020, battling the same disease.


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Evert grateful after completing chemotherapy

The American legend announced that she completed six rounds of chemotherapy since detecting it in the first stage. In an emotional post on Instagram, she says“Thank you to my incredible sister Clare, my ex-husband/greatest friend, Andy, and my three sons who have been by my side. Please tune in to realize the power of family, medicine, and understanding your body.”


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I have felt your support as an athlete for decades this time around, join me in supporting the battle against a disease that has taken the lives of far too many, including my sister, Jeanne. [sic]” she added.


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The HBO’s Real Sports team was on-site to enable Evert to share ‘details of a challenging and life-changing event’ in a new series. Her doctors believe that she is safe and has a 90% probability of no relapses.


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The legendary career of Chris Evert

Evert turned professional in 1972 before rising through the ranks in no time. She has a career-winning percentage in singles matches of 89.97%, the second highest in the Open Era. In total, Evert has won 157 singles titles and 32 doubles titles.


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SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Chris Evert poses with the WTA World Number One singles trophy named in her honor on Day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at Singapore Sports Hub on October 28, 2018 in Singapore. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)WATCH THIS STORY: Serena Williams once revealed immense disappointment after an unfortunate loss to Jennifer Capriati

Her incredible run at the top of the world rankings lasted 260 weeks, while also winning a Grand Slam every year for 13 consecutive seasons. Evert will go down as a legend of the sport, eventually inducted into the International Hall of Fame in 1995.



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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.