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At the age of 15, Chris Evert defeated the world's number one women's
tennis player. At 19 she won the singles titles at Wimbledon and the
French and Italian Opens. She was one of the first top players to rely
on a two-handed backhand.
Her ranking internationally
was never lower than number 4 in all 19 years she played tennis professionally.
She had the highest winning percentage of any professional tennis player
ever. She won a total of 6 U.S. opens, 7 French opens, 3 Wimbledons,
and 2 Australian opens. She was the first player to win 1,000 single
matches and was unanimously selected for the International Tennis Hall
of Fame in 1995.
from tennis she has started a charity organization in her name that
works to fight drug abuse and to help neglected and abused children.
- Inducted into
the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 16, 1995
- The highest
winning percentage in pro tennis history (.900)
- First U.S. Open
at 16 years of age
- Won at least
one Grand Slam title per year for 13 years, 1974-86
- Won 1,000th
career singles match, first player, male or female, to reach that
- Named Greatest
Woman Athlete of the Last 25 Years by Women's Sports Foundation in
- Emerged as the
most widely known athlete in the nation in a poll conducted by American
Sports Data, Inc., in 1991
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