‘Cover Behind Me’ – When former US President George HW Bush gave a terrific account of his time with Chris Evert on a tennis court

Chris Evert left a legacy for today’s tennis players to admire. She continues to inspire people and always stays in touch with tennis as a broadcaster of the sport. The player had a glorious career where she won 18 Grand Slam titles under her name and also became a no. 1 player.

She was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995 when former President George HW Bush introduced the player at the ceremony.


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Introduction to Chris Evert by George HW Bush

In 1995, Chris received the honor of being inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. Former President George H. W. Bush, who was present during the introduction, mentioned playing with Evert and how she would stay in shape regardless of her position. He said“It’s been the same, like she’s playing Wimbledon in front of the Queen of England. Bend your knees, cover up behind me, step up to the net.

Also, he joked that, in golf, people would give him some leeway, but Chris Evert never did. On this, he said, “I present to you Chris Evert, (a) fierce competitor, a wonderful wife and a loving mother, a class number, a great champion.”

Chris Evert then ascended the pedestal with roaring applause for the legendary player. The player recalled her Hall of Fame visit when she was just 17 years old. At that time, she didn’t feel like she was part of the story. She says, “This year I came back and walked through the Hall of Fame and there were a few other champions from my era, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin and Arthur Ashe.

She felt an integral part of the team and members who were inducted into the Hall of Fame after the last visit. She says“People I knew I had played against and really looked up to. For the first time, I felt a sense of belonging and felt like part of the family.

What legacy has Evert left in tennis?


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Chris Evert had shot pro in 1972 and retired in 1989. During the 70s and 80s, the player showed her rise to the top and became one of the best female tennis players in tennis history.

The player became the first male or female payer to win 1000 singles matches. From 1975 to 1986, she was either the no. 1 or 2 continuously.


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Her rivalry with Martina Navratilova also boosted her popularity. The two players clashed 80 times in the field. Interestingly, they both have 18 Grand Slam titles under their name. In 2000, Navratilova became a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Kevin E. Boling