Chris Evert, American Athlete ( December 21, 1954 - )

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To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.~Chris Evert

Vision Champion Selfish

If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.~Chris Evert

Heart Champion You

I love hiking in the mountains in Aspen. Breathing the clean, fresh air is great. Plus, it gives me a cardiovascular workout and firms my legs.~Chris Evert

Love Mountains Great

If I win seven tournaments in a row, I get so confident I'm in a cloud. A loss gets me eager again.~Chris Evert

Loss Me Cloud

I always looked ahead.~Chris Evert

Ahead Always Looked

You pay a price for everything in life.~Chris Evert

Life You Everything

You can't give up! If you give up, you're like everybody else.~Chris Evert

You Up Like

Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.~Chris Evert

Life Best Goals

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life.~Chris Evert

Life Winning Quality

Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose.~Chris Evert

Time Feel Lose

You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.~Chris Evert

Confidence Game You

Being famous before you've formed your personality, before you have that self-esteem, is dangerous.~Chris Evert

Personality Famous You

Relationships are give-and-take, and when you're a tennis player, you're certainly not giving. You have to be self-absorbed. It has to be about you.~Chris Evert

Giving Tennis You

When you're a famous, successful person at 16 years old, the rules change for you. Everybody is doing things for you to make life easier so you can go out and play. And I think you miss out on lot of growing up and a lot of reality checks.~Chris Evert

Life Change Growing Up

Not every child is cut out for an individual sport.~Chris Evert

Child Individual Cut

I think team sports probably teach you more about giving - about being unselfish and being flexible.~Chris Evert

Sports Team Giving

Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far.~Chris Evert

Game Me Mental

Losing hurts me. I was determined to be the best.~Chris Evert

Best Losing Me

When I was younger, I was a robot. Wind her up and she plays tennis.~Chris Evert

Wind Tennis She

I'm not an overly ambitious person; I don't feel like I have to excel.~Chris Evert

Feel Excel Person

Losing hurts me.~Chris Evert

Losing Me Hurts

Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.~Chris Evert

Identity Me Tennis

I'm not getting within 20 feet of a married man ever again - not even talking to one!~Chris Evert

Man Feet Talking

I was very, very shy as a younger girl, just petrified of people. Tennis helped give me an identity and made me feel like somebody.~Chris Evert

Girl People Identity

I still have this image: I can't be controversial, I can't say things.~Chris Evert

Say Controversial Still

I was labeled at a young age - Miss Unemotional, Miss Cool, and that would carry over to my press conferences.~Chris Evert

Age Cool Young