Sportsman of the Year


 

  E vert's peers have dwelt at such length on her powers of concentration and so little on her strokes that one could be forgiven for having this impression: while everyone else is playing tennis, Evert takes an unfair advantage by resorting to another game, some sort of mystical hybrid made up of one part backhand to nine parts concentration.

Photograph by Manny Millan
Text by Ron Fimrite

In 1976, Chris Evert became the first woman to appear by herself on the cover of the Sportsman of the Year issue. Only 21, she had already won two Wimbledons, two U.S. Opens, two French Opens, two Italian Opens, three Virginia Slims and 101 consecutive matches on clay. Before her retirement in 1989, Evert had amassed a career record of 1,304 victories and 146 losses. In 1995, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Evert, now 42, lives in Florida and is a mother of three.

 
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