‘She was at the funeral’ – Chris Evert shared a heartbreaking personal incident to commend Martina Navratilova for her continued support

American tennis star Chris Evert is one of the most visited tennis stars in the world. Even after his long retirement, the 67-year-old is quite active on the tennis circuit, working as a commentator and analyst. Her friend and archrival Martina Navratilova is following the same path. Their careers as players and after retirement were quite similar. Interestingly, both have won 18 Grand Slam singles titles each.

During their playing days, the two were bitter rivals on the pitch. However, over the years, a strong friendship developed between the two. A few years ago, Evert spoke about her relationship with Navratilova in an interview.

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Chris Evert recalls Navratilova’s support in difficult times

Evert recalled the time her sister died and, in an interview with The Associated Press, recalled how Navratilova stood by her through the most difficult times of her life.

“My sister died in February and Martina was there all day, she was at the funeral. She was at the funeral. She was in the house for dinner and stayed until 10pm.” Evert said.

The 67-year-old also spoke about the bond between them.

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“Martina is definitely one of my closest friends at the moment. We have no competition. I can really enjoy her and her personality now and she can really enjoy me.” She added.

Notes by Chris Evert

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Evert is one of the greats in tennis. The 67-year-old has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles including two Australian Openseven French Open, six US Open, and three Wimbledon championships. She was also world number one for 260 weeks.

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Chris Evert poses with the WTA World Number One individual trophy named in her honor during Day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global at the Singapore Sports Hub on October 28, 2018 in Singapore . (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Evert’s peak was in the 1970s to 1980s. During this period, she also set a unique record by winning at least one Grand Slam per year for 13 consecutive years. In addition, she was either No. 1 or No. 2 in the WTA rankings in the world from 1975 to 1986, a truly amazing achievement.

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Speaking of the win rate, the win rate of the 18-time Grand Slam champion is an amazing 89.97%. Remarkably, it is the second highest in the open era. The legend of the sport was rightfully inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

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