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LightWarrior
Nov 7th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Chris Evert 'happy at home' after split with Greg Norman

CHRIS Evert has opened up about life after Greg Norman, revealing in an interview she is "where I should be in my life right now".

The former US tennis champion says she wants to be "at home being a mum".

Evert stepped into the public spotlight to promote her annual two-day Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Florida.

Norman has been a high-profile draw at the charity event in the past, but he will be absent when it begins this weekend.

Norman was set to host a "Golf Classic" at this year's event, but he bowed out because of the media circus his appearance would likely create.

"Notwithstanding the fact that Greg's shoulder surgery would prohibit him from playing, his appearance at the Pro-Celebrity would put into the public forum what the two are trying to work through in private," Norman's spokesman, Bart Collins, said.

The Great White Shark also dropped out of next month's Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney, citing a slower-than-expected recovery from shoulder surgery.

Norman and Evert announced on October 2 they were separating just 15 months into their marriage.

The former golf and tennis world number ones appeared to be the perfect couple after weathering Norman's bitter divorce battle with his wife of 25 years Laura Andrassy, who claimed $US105 million ($115 million) in the settlement.

Evert broke her post-break-up silence in an interview with Florida TV station, WPTV.

"I've been through good times and bad times and have had ... the press follow me around and that's again, the price you pay and it's fine," Evert told WPTV.

"I have great kids and I'm where I want to be right now.

"I want to be at home being a mum ... not travelling, and I'm where I should be in my life right now."

Evert, 54, has been married three times, splitting with first husband British tennis player John Lloyd in 1987 and second hubby US snow ski champion Andy Mill in 2006.

She had three sons with Mill.

Evert said during her stellar tennis career, which included 18 Grand Slam singles titles, she was "self-absorbed", but that changed after she retired and started a family.

"I think that I realised that my life as a tennis pro was very self-absorbed and it was all about me and it was all about what do I need to do to be number one in the world and what do I need with my training?" she told WPTV.

"What am I going to eat? How am I going to work out? What tournaments am I going to play? What contracts am I going to sign?

"It's all about me and that's why after I retired and I had children, it was like, 'Whoa, welcome back to the human race.'

"I'm just like any other woman walking around with throw-up on my shoulder and changing diapers."

Pat Bateman
Nov 8th, 2009, 01:00 AM
Gosh, she sounds shattered, doesn't she?:banana: