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Chris Evert - Married John Lloyd

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Married John Lloyd

Evert's personal life also changed in this time period. She was married to John Lloyd, a British tennis player, in 1979, and was known as Chris Evert-Lloyd until their divorce in 1987. There were problems in marriage in part because she wanted to continue her career in earnest and he did not. Winning was more important to her than Lloyd, and she felt she had more game in her.

Awards and Accomplishments

1971 Lebair Sportsmanship Trophy
1972 Won the Virginia Slims championship as an amateur
1973 Won the Virginia Slims championship
1974 Won the French Open and Wimbledon; won French Open doubles with Olga Morozova; named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
1975 Won the French Open; won the U.S. Open; won the Virginia Slims championship ranked number one player in the world; won both French Open and Wimbledon doubles tournament with Martina Navratilova; Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
1976 Won Wimbledon; won the U.S. Open; named Sports Illustrated's sportswoman of the year; ranked number one player in the world
1977 Won the U.S. Open; won the Virginia Slims championship; ranked number one player in the world; Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
1978 Won the U.S. Open; ILTA (International Lawn Tennis Association) World Champion; won World Team Tennis Championship with Los Angeles
1979 Won the French Open; Women's International Tennis Association (WITA) Karan Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award
1980 Won the French Open; won the U.S. Open; ranked number one player in the world; Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year; ILTA World Champion
1981 Won Wimbledon; ranked number one player in the world; ILTA World Champion; named Sportswoman of the Year, Women's Sports Foundation; inductee, International Women's Sports Hall of Fame; Women's International Tennis Association Player Service Award winner
1982 Won the Australian Open; won the U.S. Open; USLTA Service Bowl winner
1983 Won the French Open
1984 Won the Australian Open
1985 Won the French Open
1986 Won the French Open; WITA Player Service Award
1987 WITA Player Service Award
1989 Won five singles matches in Federation Cup competition, as U.S. won the Cup
1990 Won the Flo Hyman Award from the Women's Sports Foundation
1995 Elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
1997 Awarded ITF Phillippe Chartier Award for lifetime contribution to the game

In the early part of her marriage, Evert's victories proved this to be true. In 1980, she was again the number one ranked player in the world, winning both the French and U.S. Opens. In 1981, she was again the number one player in the world, and won Wimbledon. But there was a fall-off in the early part of the 1980s after this. She lost in the third round of Wimbledon in 1983, the first time she had lost before the semifinals in her thirty-four Grand Slam appearances as a professional. Though she had a stomach virus, her game was not as potent this time period as the players she faced were more athletic. At that time, Evert changed her training to work on the weak parts of her game (second services, attacking short-balls) and included weight work and aerobics. Her game soon improved. Even during this transition, however, Evert did win at least one Grand Slam, including three French Opens in 1983, 1985, and 1986.

By 1988, Evert was nearing the end of her playing career. She married Andy Mill, an American downhill skier that year, and also played for the U.S. Olympic tennis team, though she did not medal. Evert did not play well during her last two years on the women's tennis tour. She even skipped the French Open in 1989 because she was not playing up to her standards.

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