Chris Evert

Chris Evert is a famous American tennis player. She was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1954. For almost as long as Evert could remember, her one mission in life was to become the best woman tennis player in the world. But to achieve her goal, Evert knew she had to win the best known tennis tournament in the world, which was the Wimbledon championship. Chris knew she had to work hard to win the championship. But that was O.K. because she was an extremely hard worker.

Her father was her tennis coach and taught her beginning at the age of six. She won her first tennis match when she was eight years old. By the time Chris was twelve, she was second best in the country in her age group. She became professional when she was eighteen. Chris won a total of 157 tournaments! And a total of 1,000 singles matches, which earned her a place in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Some people called Chris Evert the "Ice Dolly" or "the ball machine" because she was very self-disciplined and never seemed to loose her temper. But once, when she was playing Lesley Hunt in 1974 in Wimbledon, Chris started to show her emotions. As darkness began to fall on the stadium, Lesley increased her attack. Chris began to lose her cool. "I can't see, I can't see!" she shouted to the officials desperately. Lesley had her chance of winning but Evert kept on struggling and scrambling for the ball. Eventually Chris won.

Chris Evert was important because she believed in herself. She wanted to be an outstanding woman tennis player and she was. Chris attracted large audiences and lots of prize money to women's tennis. After she retired she started Chris Evert Charities to help neglected children and women in distress.

1998, by Patrick, third grade