“It’ll be another three years at least,” she believes, before another world-class American talent comes through.
And it won’t be one of her sons, because they take after their father: “They are fearless and like extreme sports like skateboarding; tennis is far too gentle for them.” That doesn’t worry her.
Calm under pressure, at one stage the former world number one played 55 matches in a row without being beaten.
“There was a lot of tension between Chris and Greg because she spent so much time traveling with him during the marriage that she was not home enough with her three teenage sons,” a source close to Evert tells PEOPLE. Evert and Norman, 54, finalized their divorce in December at the Monroe County Courthouse in Key West after several months of separation.
“It was painful for Chris to have to deal with the divorce now and the separation earlier,” the source says.
Chris Evert says she doesn’t need a man to feel complete.
Busy with tennis, fitness, regular commentary for ESPN, business deals and endorsements, the tennis legend is thriving and productive.