The 16-year-old Chris Evert made her Major debut at the US Open in 1971. The Florida native turned it into an instant success, reaching the semi-final and starting a fantastic tennis journey that lasted for 18 years, securing a place among the greatest players of all time.
Evert spent 260 weeks at the top of the WTA rankings, winning mind-blowing 154 WTA titles and lifting 18 Major crowns as one of the most dominant competitors on the highest level that the world of tennis has ever seen. Between 1971-1989, Chris Evert competed at 56 Major tournaments and managed to score impressive 299 victories, losing before the semi-final only four times for an incredible feat and a true testimony of her everlasting class and brilliance!
Between the US Open 1971 and Roland Garros 1983, Evert reached 34 consecutive Major semi-finals (!!) and was ranked in the top-4 for almost the entire career, standing in the top-10 at the moment when she decided to retire at the Fed Cup final in 1989.
The American was still one of the best players in the world at 33 in 1988, reaching the final of the Australian Open and the semis at Wimbledon and the US Open, passing the magical number of 100 US Open wins and entering the last four for the 17th time in 19 appearances in New York!
In her last season on the Tour in the following 1989, Chris decided to skip the Australian Open and Roland Garros, reaching the final of Boca Raton and Miami and losing them to the top seeds and young guns Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini.
The upcoming star Monica Seles defeated Evert in the Houston title match. Graf proved to be too strong at Wimbledon, delivering a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Evert in the semi-final and halting the American on 96 wins at the All England Club.
Zina Garrison was the one who defeated Evert in her last US Open match, as she turned her focus to the Fed Cup final in Japan against Spain.
Chris Evert played her last match in the 1989 Fed Cup final against Conchita Martinez.
Chris and Martina Navratilova scored victories over the Spanish teenagers Conchita Martinez and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to deliver the 13th Fed Cup title for the USA and stage the best possible farewell for Evert.
In her 1448th and last WTA match, Chris Evert took down Conchita Martinez 6-3, 6-2 on October 9 to wrap up her outstanding career with another victory and enjoy a well-deserved retirement after spending the last 18 years among the world’s leading players.
Evert entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 16, 1995, and opened the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, in the following year with her brother and father. This week, we can watch her as an analyst at Eurosport, sharing her thoughts and knowledge about the current stars.