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Christine Marie Evert was born to play tennis. Her father, Jimmy Evert, was a professional tennis coach and began to teach his daughter the game at the age of five. Evert was a prodigy from the beginning of her career and looked poised the challenge the world of women's tennis. In 1969, she became the no. 1 ranked player under the age of 14 in the United States. Evert's coming out party came in 1970 when she was invited to play in an eight player clay court tournament at the age of fifteen. In the semi-finals, Evert defeated arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Margaret Court, who was no. 1 in the world at the time. From then on Christine Everts career was defined by dominance. She captured 18 Grand Slam titles and was the year end world number one player in seven consecutive years from 1974-1981. Overall, Evert achieved 157 singles championships in her career and is known as one of the greatest women to have ever played the game.
The mid 1970s marked the beginning of Christine Everts surge as the best tennis player in the world. She captured her first Grand Slam titles in 1974 by winning the Wimbledon Championships and French Open. Evert became known as the "Ice Maiden" of tennis and rose to world no.1 by the end on 1974. She would go one to win six more Grand Slam titles throughout the 1970s and could have won many more had she not chosen to sit out of the Australian Open and French Open multiple years. Later in the decade, a new rival to Evert came in the form of Martina Navratilova. The two became friends and often played doubles together, but on the court they were fierce enemies. Early in the rivalry Christine Evert got the best of Navratilova with a win in the 1975 French Open. Evert would hold a 30-18 match lead at the end on the 1970s staking her claim as the better player of the two, and the clear no.1 player during the decade.
Remember the tradition of tennis with this 1970 Christine Evert vintage tennis racket. Perfect for display, this tennis racket is the perfect gift or collectable for any fan of the game. Every glance at its shining finish takes you back in time and reminds you of the greatness of "The Ice Maiden". Own this piece of tennis history and remember the dominance of Christine Evert.