Chris Evert looks back on coming of age in Fort Lauderdale as a world-famous tennis prodigy with a hunger to win and a local kid’s aspirations to just be one of the girls in our exclusive interview for the November issue of City & Shore PRIME.
Evert’s South Florida roots eventually spread out northward to Boca Raton, where she and much of her family still reside, and where she owns and manages the Evert Tennis Academy with her brother John. And as she has for 30 years now, she will host her annual Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic Nov. 22-24 in Delray Beach, which last year raised $800,000 to combat drug abuse and child neglect in the state. Evert spoke with us just days after her smooth voice and authoritative presence elevated ESPN’s U.S. Open coverage.
“I’m 64 and I still have some good jobs going, so I don’t take that for granted. I signed up with ESPN about eight years ago,” she says. “It’s a lot of fun. I’m not going to take on anything at this stage in my life if it’s not fun.
“And giving back is very gratifying, too, like this pro-am tournament,” she says. “It’s developed into an event the players and celebrities love. It’s a fun weekend and we raise money for a great cause.”
Our November issue also features our critics’ pick of the not-to-be-missed performances this season in classical music, comedy, film, pop music, theater/dance, the visual arts; an introduction to the Men of Style – 12 local men with no formal modeling experience who’ll nonetheless put any inhibitions aside and take to a fashion runway for charity on Dec. 5 – and much more. Look for it all this weekend in print, online and digital formats, http://www.cityandshore.com/