I am happy to announce that last week I had the honor of chatting with tennis great Chris Evert about the changes in women’s tennis in the past decades, about the best players on clay and the favorite for the upcoming Roland Garros, and about women’s tennis in the US.
I would use this opportunity to point out just a few facts from Chris Evert’s astonishing career, lasting from 1972 to 1989 (and really this is just a small selection of all her achievements).
- owns the highest winning percentage in pro tennis history
- winner of 154 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles
- winner of 18 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles
- winner of 18 Grand Slam titles: 2 Australian Open titles, record 7 titles at Roland Garros, 3 Wimbledon titles, and 6 US Open titles
- reached semifinals or better of 52 of last 56 Grand Slams
- No.1 ranking in singles
- has the best record on clay of any player for any single surface with a 125-match win streak set from August 1973-May 1979, until Tracy Austin defeated her 6-4 2-6 7-6 in 1979 Rome semifinals
- holds Open Era record for most consecutive Grand Slam semifinals or better with 34 from 1971 US Open through 1983 Roland Garros
- won at least one Grand Slam title per year for 13 years, 1974-86
- inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995
I would like to thank Chris for being such an amazing and pleasant person to talk to, and for giving so comprehensive and straight answers. Also, I would like to thank Jim from KEF Media Associates for arranging this interview for me and for being so great to cooperate with. Remember, Jim also connected me with Lindsay Davenport in February.