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In 1990, Jennifer Capriati became the youngest player to crack the top 10, also at 14; a few years later, she was arrested for shoplifting and smoking marijuana. I wanted in the beginning to get his praise and his affection, but I didn't get, `Chrissie, I love you; Chrissie, you look beautiful.' My dad's approach to tennis was, `Don't make errors,' not `That's a beautiful shot.'" When little Chrissie would complain about her father not giving her more love, her mother, Colette, always said, "Oh, that's just the way he is." She also warned Chrissie, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it." Her legions of fans, and the media people who covered her, praised her politeness and gushed over her demeanor. In many awful ways and for all the wrong reasons, she was the perfect partner for a fine romance. There were dalliances with Burt Reynolds, British rocker and actor Adam Faith, and President Ford's son, Jack. "I had a girlfriend ask him if he would want to go out with her and me to Tramp in London, to go out dancing. That was our first date, and we hit it off." What she didn't know then, she knows now. I had no emotion left when I got home." In 1987, two years after she had been named "Greatest Woman Athlete of the Last 25 Years" by the Women's Sports Foundation, Evert and Lloyd divorced. It was because my dad wasn't talking to me that Martina invited me to Aspen." Martina was, of course, Martina Navratilova, Evert's archrival and close friend.
Things seemed more innocent in 1975, when Chrissie became the world's top player at 15. For starters, there was her stoic coach-father, Jimmy, a former tennis pro himself. She married British tennis player John Lloyd in 1979 when she was 24, after she read an article in which he described the loneliness of the professional athlete. "It was doomed from the start, because he was on the men's tour, and I was on the women's tour, and we never saw each other. There was little criticism from Evert's fans (nor was there much blowback after the Mill or Norman divorce: "My fans were always respectful," she says. At a New Year's Eve party in the ski town, at the Hotel Jerome, Evert spotted Olympic ski champion Andy Mill as he walked into the room.
They were a golden couple: the skiing champ and the tennis star. What people didn't know was that she felt frightened—of flying, of speaking in public, of playing in exhibition matches.
They split time in Aspen and Boca Raton—and traveled a lot in between. They were famous, accomplished, good-looking, and rich. What they didn't know was that what with the distractions and demands of raising the boys, and Andy's travel, and her travel, she had a sense that something was wrong but didn't know what to do about it.
It's about 8,200 square feet altogether, and a lot of it seems to be taken up by the kitchen. It's kid-friendly, a place you can put your feet up," Evert says.One afternoon in 2001, while Evert was getting her hair highlighted at a Florida salon, she suddenly felt intensely cold. An ambulance was called, and the attending doctors at the hospital measured her blood pressure at 180/110 and concluded that hypertension was the cause of her symptoms.They put her on medication, and for more than a year she felt groggy all the time, and weak, and yet still had the cold, pulse-racing episodes. But none of it stopped the deepening gulf she felt in her marriage. But the tennis champ wasn't used to asking for help. "I'd go, `God, can't you figure out your own problems?Which is to say, she is alternately hilarious, self-deprecating, reflective, angry (at her doctors, at others, at herself), bemused, anxious (her 19-year-old cracked his skull skateboarding a few weeks before—"and he's my easy one," she adds ruefully), determined, philosophical, and tenacious. I still have this image: I can't be controversial, I can't say things." She takes a deep breath."Being famous before you've formed your personality, before you have that self-esteem, is dangerous. I competed and handled pressure well—that was my strength.