Famous female tennis players: Chris Evert

Famous female tennis players: Chris Evert

Chris Evert, a famous female tennis player, was born on December 21, 1954 in Florida. Due to her excellent tennis skills including two fisted backhand and poise on court helped Chris Evert became champion in 1974-1986. Chris Evert got her first limelight when she won over the top-ranked tennis player, Margaret Court. Chris Evert used to be calm and cool on the court which gave her the nicknames Ice Maiden and Ice Princess. During 1974-76, Chris Evert had a romance with famous male tennis player, Jimmy Connors which was enough to give her a celebrity status. In the era of late 70s, tennis fans enjoyed the rivalry of two best female tennis players, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

Chris Evert was considered as the female counterpart of tennis legend, Bjorn Borg as Evert holds the longest winning streak with 125 single consecutive titles on clay court. She was a versatile player who won all four grand slams and also set a record of winning the most US Open titles (6).

Chris Evert holds 157 singles titles, 8 double titles with 18 Grand Slam singles in her career titles. Other career highlights of famous female tennis player, Chris Evert are:

1)      Chris Evert won 7 French Open titles (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986)

2)      Chris Evert won 2 Australian Open titles (1982, 1984)

3)      Chris claimed 3 Wimbledon titles (1974, 1976 and 1981)

4)      Evert claimed 6 US Open tennis titles (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980  and 1982)

 Chris Evert enjoyed an intense rivalry against Martina Navratilova. Both these players ruled every court and faced each other either in the finals or semi-finals. The record number of French Open titles by Chris Evert is still an unbroken record.

Famous female tennis players: Jennifer Capriati

Famous female tennis players: Jennifer Capriati

Famous female tennis player, Jennifer Capriati started her professional career in 1990, though before that she played as a junior player and claimed 3 singles and one doubles title. The American female tennis players, Jennifer won her first professional title in October that year. By the end of 1990, she had already made it to the top ten in the world tennis ranking all the way to the eighth place. In all, she won one doubles title and 14 singles.

Soon, the young girl fell a victim to drugs. It gave a serious blow to her career. An event of shop lifting in 1993 followed by arrest due to possession of drugs in May 1994 made her take a break from her career. When Capriati turned 18, she moved out of her parents’ home into her own apartment. She was arrested in Florida along with her two friends for possession of drugs. On investigation, her friends told the police that she had been taking drugs for the past year. It was a pressure on her, as it has been a teen sensation that turned her towards drugs.

This was a big set-back for Jennifer Capriati however; she joined a rehabilitation centre and soon came back to the tennis world. In November 1994, she played in a tournament but was knocked out in the first round. She took a 15 months break and returned. She gained her first title six years after this incident. She took back her top ranking in 2001. She has been a constant victim of injuries since 2003 after being knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open. She issued a statement in 2007 that she was determined to make a comeback to international tennis.