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Yesterday 03:46 AM
btthegreat
Re: Chris Evert Thread

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Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
Spot on. She did all of what you have written on surfaces that were, for the most part, non-friendly.

Watching some of the old matches on carpet between Chris and Evonne Goolagong is a huge delight. The carpet put a premium on power and attack. As a result Chris volleys more on carpet in the late 70s more than any other era IMO.
You are right that she attacked the net more on carpet, but she became an absolute 'all-courter' when she played Evonne. I am not sure why, but something in Evonne's game or presence made Evert play far more boldly and imaginatively, than when she played King or Court or Wade.
Feb 9th, 2016 10:50 PM
laschutz
Re: Chris Evert Thread

whatever she lost in power on her groundstrokes, she made up (in evert's own words) for it in speed around the court... don't know about that...evert in 80 and 81 was pretty speedy and it was her anticipation and footwork that was unmatched...


i think this "lessening" of power in her groundstrokes was mainly in 82 and 83.. when she was her lightest.. watching matches in 82 and 83 you could see opponents were able to attack her more and with the other baseliners she was quite having to "counter punch".. course she still won against everyone but martina in 83 and the rare loss to jaeger in early 82 (but never again after the 82 french) and others, but you CAN see that the lighter weight did NOT help her out i don't think..thankfully she did a 180 degree turn and she "bulked up for her" with the weights and gained lean muscle, and switched to the graphite... starting in 84 to the end of her career.. NO ONE could say evert wasn't hitting the ball harder then she ever did...
Feb 9th, 2016 08:38 PM
JakeMan90-93
Re: Chris Evert Thread

True that, Preacherfan, and I think that for as much as Chrissie has made snide remarks about her weight gain in the mid to late '70s, I'm pretty sure that extra weight allowed her to wallop her shots that much harder. Especially when you consider the fact that in the early '80s after she lost weight (pre-graphite) BJK talked about how her shots were not as hard as they used to be. I think that much in the same way that Bartoli always stayed a bit heavier than she would've liked to add some oomph to her groundies, the extra weight did much the same thing back in the day for Chrissie, especially before the advent of graphite.
Feb 9th, 2016 02:32 PM
preacherfan
Re: Chris Evert Thread

It's interesting to read about how 70s players talked about Evert's power. I remember reading a quote by Kerry Reid, who was known for strong groundstrokes. She commented about how Evert had started hitting the ball even harder while she was still a teen and no one could match her. In this day of 6 ft tall baseliners and high tech rackets, we think of Evert as all consistency/no power. But in the 70s, no one could match what she did from the baseline.
Feb 8th, 2016 04:34 PM
Rollo
Re: Chris Evert Thread

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No great in our sport was ever so dependent on returns, passes and lobs for her success as Evert. When she first arrived, 3 of four majors was played on fast grass, and throughout her years, indoor carpet was the most popular surface for tournaments in Europe and the States. Serve and volley, chip and charge were the dominant tactics and had been for two generations. The last number one to play baseline was Connolly in the early 1950s.

As a newbie she passed and beat a prime Court, King, Wade, Goolagong, Melville, and Casals. Mid career she passed and beat Turnbull, Navratilova, Mandlikova, Sukova, Shriver, Kohde Kilch Sukova, Jordan and Garrison.

My point is she had to do this against great and very fine net rushers round after round after round in tournament after tournament. She did not win a lot of points with her big serve. She did not charge forth on either serves or returns and only occasionally took the net away in rallies. She owes a huge percentage of her points through her 19 year career, to tactics and shots employed against someone coming to or standing at the net.

Yet it is Evert with the astonishing consistency records of her era. She has that 90% win/loss record on the pro tour and 88% win loss at majors.

Despite all those varied, agile accomplished, versatile and powerful net rushers attacking her serve, from 1971 through 1989, this clay court specialist reached the semifinals or better in 26 of 27 attempts in a major played on grass and 15 finals
Spot on. She did all of what you have written on surfaces that were, for the most part, non-friendly.

Watching some of the old matches on carpet between Chris and Evonne Goolagong is a huge delight. The carpet put a premium on power and attack. As a result Chris volleys more on carpet in the late 70s more than any other era IMO.
Feb 8th, 2016 04:30 PM
Rollo
Re: Chris Evert Thread

So happy you got your Evert fix bionic71!

Feb 7th, 2016 07:21 AM
btthegreat
Re: Chris Evert Thread

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Originally Posted by preacherfan View Post
Wow! That's how tennis was meant to be played. Evert's passing shots are by far the most deadly the game has ever known. I am amazed by the precision. Especially the two-hander. Great play by Wade. Court looked overwhelmed by Chrissie. Watching Evonne is like watching a master artist paint.
No great in our sport was ever so dependent on returns, passes and lobs for her success as Evert. When she first arrived, 3 of four majors was played on fast grass, and throughout her years, indoor carpet was the most popular surface for tournaments in Europe and the States. Serve and volley, chip and charge were the dominant tactics and had been for two generations. The last number one to play baseline was Connolly in the early 1950s.

As a newbie she passed and beat a prime Court, King, Wade, Goolagong, Melville, and Casals. Mid career she passed and beat Turnbull, Navratilova, Mandlikova, Sukova, Shriver, Kohde Kilch Sukova, Jordan and Garrison.

My point is she had to do this against great and very fine net rushers round after round after round in tournament after tournament. She did not win a lot of points with her big serve. She did not charge forth on either serves or returns and only occasionally took the net away in rallies. She owes a huge percentage of her points through her 19 year career, to tactics and shots employed against someone coming to or standing at the net.

Yet it is Evert with the astonishing consistency records of her era. She has that 90% win/loss record on the pro tour and 88% win loss at majors.

Despite all those varied, agile accomplished, versatile and powerful net rushers attacking her serve, from 1971 through 1989, this clay court specialist reached the semifinals or better in 26 of 27 attempts in a major played on grass and 15 finals
Feb 2nd, 2016 05:27 AM
davidjaan1982
Re: Chris Evert Thread

Yes, Preacherfan... Court did look overwhelmed and outmatched against Evert. By the time this match was played in 1975, Court was past her best and simply no match for Evert who was clearly dictating the play.
Jan 31st, 2016 02:09 PM
bionic71
Re: Chris Evert Thread



Had the pleasure of running into Chris during the Open a few times this year. She was exceptionally sweet.
Made a gay man very happy indeed!
Jan 31st, 2016 05:24 AM
preacherfan
Re: Chris Evert Thread

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Originally Posted by Sam L View Post
Chris in the 70s, this is exactly how I want to play with a wood racquet:

Wow! That's how tennis was meant to be played. Evert's passing shots are by far the most deadly the game has ever known. I am amazed by the precision. Especially the two-hander. Great play by Wade. Court looked overwhelmed by Chrissie. Watching Evonne is like watching a master artist paint.
Jan 30th, 2016 01:40 AM
Rollo
Re: Chris Evert Thread

A glam pic of Chris from 2008


Sep 22nd, 2015 01:11 PM
Sam L
Re: Chris Evert Thread

Chris in the 70s, this is exactly how I want to play with a wood racquet:

Aug 24th, 2015 01:15 AM
Jem What a great obituary! Thanks for sharing, Rollo.


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Aug 23rd, 2015 12:06 PM
Rollo
Re: Chris Evert Thread

Jimmy Evert, father of tennis great Chris, passes away at 91

August 22, 2015

Chrissie Evert was dubbed the Ice Maiden because of her stoic, unemotional, almost robot-like demeanor on court as she surgically dismantled her opponents enroute to 18 Grand Slam tennis singles titles and a legendary Hall of Fame career.

But it was actually her father/coach Jimmy Evert, who hammered that into her and her four siblings when they turned 5 while teaching them tennis at what's now known as Jimmy Evert Tennis Center at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale.


In this 1997 photo, Chris Evert poses with her father Jimmy Evert on one of the courts at Evert Tennis Academy in west Boca Raton to commemorate Jimmy Evert's retirement as tennis director at Holiday Park.
(Taylor Jones)

On Friday evening, Chris, John, Drew, Clare and Jeanne all were at their father's bedside as he passed away from pneumonia at age 91 with the same grace he lived his life. Evert's wife of 63 years, Colette, was never more than a lob away from her soft-spoken, humble husband, an iconic figure in the rich history of tennis in South Florida.

"Dad always said he started us in tennis to keep us off the streets," Chris Evert said, chuckling Saturday afternoon. "He was a very private, humble person who was low-key and happy to stay in the background."

While Chris Evert's mother traveled the globe to keep tabs on her teenage phenom in the '70s, Mr. Evert took on the role of Mr. Mom, cooking meals, driving the children to school and to Holiday Park where he would give lessons from sunrise to sundown for 49 years as the director of tennis for Fort Lauderdale.

His tennis-teaching talents produced some high-profile results. Not only did he coach a passel of champions to the highest levels of play, his name will remain for posterity on the tennis courts where he dedicated those 49 years to the city. He is also among 15 people named on Fort Lauderdale's Walk of Fame.

"He put Fort Lauderdale on the map as far as tennis goes," said Patricia Zeiler, the executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, who attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School with Chris and Jeanne Evert.

Holiday Park was the mecca of tennis in the '70s and at one point, seven of Mr. Evert's disciples played Wimbledon at the same time, including Chris Evert, Harold Solomon and Brian Gottfried. Mr. Evert also briefly coached three-time Grand Slam champion Jennifer Capriati, who grew up in Lauderhill.

Date: June 16, 1982
(Lou Toman / Sun Sentinel)



Former Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle oversaw the re-naming of the tennis courts in Mr. Evert's honor in 1997. It wasn't so much because of how the family hit the tennis big time, he explained.

"His daughter was famous, he was a great coach and he could have done anything with that, but he didn't want to do anything other than coach the kids in Fort Lauderdale," Naugle said, recalling his "amazing dedication."

"He was very proud of his daughter, but he was just a regular guy — a tennis coach in Holiday Park," Naugle added.

Mr. Evert came to Fort Lauderdale from Chicago, after playing tennis for Notre Dame. At that time, his parents had lived in the city for three years, so he got a job as the city's tennis supervisor. He started with four clay courts at South Side Park, now Florence Hardy Park.

Dr. Dan Arnold Jr., a pediatric dentist who served on the tennis center's advisory board with Mr. Evert, said the coach was in the right place at the right time, when tennis exploded. And Mr. Evert had just the right way of teaching it, he said.

"He was always so gentle and he had a nice way of telling you what to do without being intimidating or threatening — a positive for mostly everyone," he said.

Arnold's son is among the thousands of Fort Lauderdale residents who got the same guidance that led Chris Evert to her famous two-handed backhand.

"Thousands is a lot, but for the number of years he was there, he must have given thousands of people tennis lessons," Arnold said.


Date: June 16, 1982
(Lou Toman / Sun Sentinel)



Chris Evert recalled Saturday how his imprint on her remained: "So after I retire, I see he's watching Tennis Channel and he's laughing at John McEnroe's [histrionics], telling me he's his favorite player. I yelled, 'Dad, that's everything you taught me not to do!'

"He handled the parent-coach relationship very well and it can be difficult. He never got mad at me or my siblings when we lost, but he would be furious if we gave up or didn't try in practice."

John Evert and his sister have run the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton for the past 18 years where they continue their father's legacy of turning children into tennis professionals, but more significantly, into productive, well-rounded citizens.

"Before we started the academy I was a sports agent and started hanging out with [Mr. Evert] more than because he retired [in 1997]," John Evert said. "Sometimes as an agent you have to compromise your integrity, but Dad was all about character. He made me realize what life was all about. He taught me that every kid is created equal and needed to be treated the same.

"Somehow he instinctively knew how to manage the parent-player relationship before all the books came out.''

Chris Evert said her dad would like to be remembered for his humility and integrity, as well as for his three loves: Family, tennis and his religious beliefs.
The Hall of Famer's tweet on Saturday said it all: "It's an honor and a blessing to have been your daughter. You will be in my heart forever. RIP Dad. … XO.''
Aug 23rd, 2015 02:18 AM
Rollo
Re: Chris Evert Thread

I love the story about how Jimmy Evert, originally from the Midwest, once dated Jimmy Connors mother Gloria.

Think about the various scenarios and possibilities of that combo!

Mary Jo Fernandez was speaking of Mr Evert tonight. Unlike any tennis parent I can ever recall he actually shunned the limelight.
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