Despite the fact that Evert – who had been brought up a good Catholic girl and wore a crucifix round her neck on court – was being chaperoned by her formidable mother Colette, he sat down beside her.
Neither one of them ever explained what caused it to disintegrate so quickly. He says that she did so without allowing him to be part of the decision-making, though he states that he "was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come." He bitterly writes to Evert in the book, "Well, thanks for letting me know.And it is normally around some kind of commentary that she makes news these days, but mainly only within the tennis-watching community.But Jimmy Connors, a former romantic partner and himself a retired successful U. tennis player, has thrust Evert into the national spotlight recently against her will.In 1974, while dating, Evert and Connors both won their respective singles championship at Wimbledon.As Sports Illustrated reported at the time, "For the first time in memory, the traditional opening dance at Saturday night's Wimbledon Ball was reserved for two singles champions who were sweethearts as well—Chris Evert, 19, and her mop-topped fiance, Jimmy Connors, 21." In typical sports-pun fashion, they were dubbed the "Love Double" and "Love Match" by tabloids.The blonde mother of three with the hunky Olympic skier of a husband announced that she wanted a divorce and it soon emerged that the third person in her marriage had been her spouse’s best friend Greg Norman.