Chris Evert has been a household name since the 1970s, thanks to her world record-smashing success as a professional tennis player and her trailblazing style. We attended a preview of her Spring 2017 Chrissie by Tail collections at the New York Athletic Club and talked with Evert herself about tennis, fame, and her ultra-stylish activewear.
Translating Her Tennis Style to a Fashion Brand
When Evert started playing tennis in the 1970s, she was known for her cutting-edge style. By wearing feminine tennis dresses with lace, halters, and cut-outs, she helped change the public perception of female athletes. “There was this image that being a female athlete meant you were masculine, so I went out of my way to dress in a feminine way,” explains Evert.
She was inspired to create her own tennis line after talking to other moms at school pickup when her sons were young. “I knew there was a huge demographic out there for club tennis and moms,” she says. Evert made it her mission to flatter all shapes and sizes in her collection, with wider waistbands, skirts that are a touch longer, and a little extra breathing room in the tops.
Chris Evert’s Career Achievements
• 157 singles titles, including 18 grand slam singles and 18 doubles
• #1 in the world for seven years
• Ranked in the top 4 from 1972-1989
• Won 1,000th career singles match during 1984 Australian Open, becoming the first player to reach that landmark
• Ended her career second in match wins with 1,309
• Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995
A Balanced Fitness & Wellness Routine
Evert seems to have the same physique she did when she was killing it on the court. Here’s how she does it:
1. Cardio by playing tennis five days a week at the Evert Tennis Academy
2. Strength training
3. Hot yoga
4. A healthy and sensible diet (portion control with some splurging on red wine, pizza, and fries)
Evert’s Advice on Taking up Tennis
1. Take it slow in the beginning to avoid developing tennis elbow.
2. Get a lesson with a teaching pro at your local club – learn technique first, including the right grips and proper strokes.
3. Have fun playing matches and sets (singles and doubles) with other people.
4. Count tennis as your interval exercise and cardio since you are stopping, starting, and sprinting on the court.
5. Enjoy tennis for a lifetime – from age 8 to 80 – at any time of the year.
Tennis Collection: ChrissieByTail.com