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
The most unpopular Chris Evert quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
You've got to take the initiative and play your game.
In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
My first U.S. Open I think was just very special for me because that was sort of the beginning of what was a 'Cinderella' story for me.
If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
When I play, I'm boiling inside. I just try not to show it because it's a lack of composure, and if you give in to your emotions after one loss, you're liable to have three or four in a row.
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.
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.
Competitive toughness is an acquired skill and not an inherited gift.
Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far.
Single-mindedness. I hate to say it because I don't think it's the best thing for developing a person, but the single-mindedness - just concentrating in the one area - that's what it takes to be a champion.
Losses are always a relief. They take a burden off me, make me feel more normal. If I win several tournaments in a row I get so confident I'm in a cloud. If I lose I go back to the dressing room and I'm no better nor worse than anyone else. A loss gets me eager again.
I can definitely say the same thing [discussing Steffi Graf's claim that she had played against at least one top player who used steroids]. Steroids can really make a difference, physically and mentally. I'd be really disappointed if I had been ranked No. 2 behind someone who took steroids.
If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment.
I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do.
I'm not an overly ambitious person; I don't feel like I have to excel.
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.
Losing hurts me. I was determined to be the best.
In tennis, at the end of the day you're a winner or a loser.
You know exactly where you stand... I don't need that anymore. I don't need my happiness, my well-being, to be based on winning and losing.
You're always striving to play that perfect match.
Every time, all the time, I'm a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose.
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.
I always looked ahead.
Now that I'm losing some, I can see how tough I was -- the killer instinct, the single-mindedness, playing like a machine. Boy, that's what made me a champion.
The great high of winning Wimbledon lasts for about a week.
You go down in the record book, but you don't have anything tangible to hold on to. But having a baby -- there isn't any comparison.
Cats are peaceful and tranquil - they bring calmness with their serene personalities.
Don’t let a first-set victory lead into a second-set slump
Training the body to obey the mind as I have done differs from the more conventional method of getting the mind to obey the body.
Once you've been number one, you can never be satisfied with less.
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.
I was labeled at a young age - Miss Unemotional, Miss Cool, and that would carry over to my press conferences.
Whatever your goal in life, be proud of every day that you are able to work in that direction.
When I was younger, I was a robot. Wind her up and she plays tennis.
You can't give up! If you give up, you're like everybody else.
If I win seven tournaments in a row, I get so confident I'm in a cloud. A loss gets me eager again.
I've had a lot of fear in my life, from fear of flying to fear of making a speech in front of a lot of people.
I'm not getting within 20 feet of a married man ever again - not even talking to one!
Of all my achievements in tennis, I'm probably as proud of my record on clay courts as any of my Wimbledon, U.S. Open or French singles titles.
There were times when deep down inside I wanted to win so badly I could actually will it to happen. I think most of my career has been based on desire.
I still have this image: I can't be controversial, I can't say things.
After being at the top, I don't think I could play senior tournaments, because you know how good you were. I don't know if I would enjoy that, being half of what I was.
Ninety percent of my game is mental. It's my concentration that has gotten me this far. I won't even call a friend on the day of a match. I'm scared of disrupting my concentration. I don't allow any competition with tennis.
A champion hates to lose even more than she loves to win.
The difference is almost all mental. The top players just hate to lose. I think that's the difference. A champion hates to lose even more than she loves to win.
Not every child is cut out for an individual sport.
If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
You can have the greatest coaches in the world, all the opportunities to play, and the greatest equipment, but if you don't have it inside, you're not going to make it. On the other hand, if you don't have any of those luxuries but you have heart and courage and the guts to go out there and grind it out, then you'll make it.
I think team sports probably teach you more about giving - about being unselfish and being flexible.
You pay a price for everything in life.
I wanted always to appear strong and in control . . . .Then the cookie began to crumble.
Being famous before you've formed your personality, before you have that self-esteem, is dangerous.