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Chris Evert Quotes


A former world number 1 professional tennis player from the United States.
(1979 - 1987)

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

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.
 

I always looked ahead.
 

I realized that with hard work, the world was your oyster. You could do anything you wanted to do. I learned that at a young age.
[Work]
 

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.
 

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

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

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.
[Action]
 

If you're a champion, you have to have it in your heart.
[Enthusiasm]
 

In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
[Confidence]
 

Losing hurts me. I was determined to be the best.
 

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

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

You've got to take the initiative and play your game ... confidence makes the difference.
[Self Confidence]
 

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