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The Open Interview: Chris Evert

The Open Interview: Chris EvertBy Erin Maher Wednesday, July 26, 2017Chris Evert captured the US Open title six times throughout her storied tennis career, reigning as champion from 1975 to 1978 and again in 1980 and 1982. Those six crowns tie Evert with Serena Williams for the most women’s singles titles in the Open era. In all, Evert made nine trips in the final, holds the U.S. Championships/US Open women’s with 101 match victories and boasts an impressive .894 winning percentage in New York. While the former player no longer takes to the court, she hasn’t strayed too far from the game, serving as a television commentator this year at the Open. Evert took the time to talk with USOpen.org about the changes she’s seen at the Open, the energy that comes from playing in the Big Apple and which Americans we should watch out for this summer in Flushing Meadows. USOpen.org: You’ve been to the US Open as both a player and a commentator. What’s been the biggest change to the Open you’ve seen? Chris Evert: The biggest change to the US Open I think has just been more and more people, more and more focus at the US Open. The crowds are bigger, the excitement, the electricity. The entertainment value – it’s great having all the celebs there. It’s like a Hollywood premier when you go there. Obviously, the venue is a lot bigger and better than at Forest Hills (the home of the US Open until 1978), and spectator-wise, I think it’s more accommodating for them. USOpen.org: You won six US Open singles titles. What was it about playing in New York that brought out your best tennis? Evert: Playing in front of my home crowd. I mean, that’s my country. USA is my country, and I think all American players somehow peak or they get that extra something going where they play at another level when they play in front of the New York crowd. We play in Europe and we play in Australia and it’s not the same. Then we come home to New York, to New York City. The fans – they’re like baseball fans. They’re loud and they’re boisterous, and you get so much support as an American player. I think it’s just really special, and the juices get flowing as soon as you enter the venue. USOpen.org: There’s an incredible crop of young Americans on the rise. Who should we watch out for at the 2017 US Open? Evert: I would look out for Jack Sock in the men’s and Frances Tiafoe. I would look out for Madison Keys if she’s healthy. I’ve always thought Madison was going to win a Grand Slam. Sloane Stephens is back, CiCi Bellis is playing very well. Venus! You can’t forget Venus! At 37, she’s still doing really well. I think we’re going to see some bright new stars after this tournament.

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NBA: San Antonio maintains a perfect record at home

San Antonio Spurs kept his perfect record at home “unbeaten” since the beginning of the season by beating Utah Jazz 118-81 in the National Basketball League NBA. Spears thus boosted his tally in second place in the Western Conference with 21 wins out of 26 matches, including 13 at home. …

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