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WTA World No. 1 trophy named after Chris Evert



Chrissie.

There had never been anyone quite like her in the sport of tennis and there hasn’t been anyone since.

She’s Chris Evert and during her 1971-89 Hall of fame career, she won three Wimbledons, seven French Opens, six US Opens, two Australian Opens and 157 tournaments overall.

Chrissie also finished the year ranked number one in the world in seven different seasons, was number two six other times, and made it to at least the semifinals in 52 of the 56 grand slam tournaments she competed in.

So it’s fitting that the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has dedicated its World No.1 trophy to Chrissie with the official naming of the “Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy.”

She became the first ever WTA World No.1 on November 3, 1975 and held onto the top ranking for 260 weeks, the fourth most in history of the WTA. But she had been the dominant player during the 1974 and 75 seasons and no doubt would have racked up at least another 70-75 weeks or more had the current ranking system been established.

“I’m honored and privileged to have my name on this trophy,” said Evert. “It’s the ultimate achievement to be No.1 in the world in any endeavor. When I was a young girl, I always dreamt of winning a Grand Slam but I had bigger dreams about being No.1 because it’s about being consistent, focused and having a lot of quality wins during the year, and that, to me, is a champion.”

Asked what attributes make her so universally admired, she replied: “It was very important for me to be a good sport. It’s sport, it wasn’t worth it for me to lose my temper and cause a scene. You’re going to have good days and bad days. Be a good sport on the court, be a good role model for kids and be appreciative of being in this life, not always thinking: ‘What will people give me?’ but: ‘What can I give to others?’”

She heralded the influence of Billie Jean King in driving forward the women’s game to help establish the infrastructure and organisation in place today: “We’ve lived a privileged life by being a woman’s tennis players. We’re proud that we’re the No.1 women’s sport in the world. I always say if Billie Jean was a golfer – then it would be No.1. That’s why our sport was elevated.”

Reigning WTA World No.1 Simona Halep becomes the first recipient of the Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy following her best season yet, claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros and lifting two additional trophies at the Shenzhen Open and Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Montreal). A further three final appearances at the Australian Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) helped her claim the WTA Year-End World No.1 Singles Award.

Said Halep: “Chris is one of the greatest players of all time and I think it’s great that she is being honored this way.”

The Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy depicts a silver “star-map” tennis ball that represents the tennis universe. All World No.1s, past and present, are represented by a diamond in the sky, which signifies each champion’s mark on the sport. The finish of the “star-map” tennis ball is hand stippled with thousands of tiny dots, representing all the female professional players that have ever played the sport in the past and towards the future.

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3 Remarks

  1. shame..Venus will always be my #1…love chris and Halep but seriously venus will go down in history as the greatest ever

  2. @Robert-I mean no disrespect but you seem like you don’t follow tennis as closely as you may think. Venus is one of the greatest but she’s never won the French or Australian Opens. And that’s just to start with.

  3. oops..of course I meant Serena!!

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