Legendary women’s competitor and ‘American Sweetheart’ Chris Evert has never hidden her adoration for 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. The American is an 18-time Grand Slam champion herself, but admits that she has never felt such fandom for any other competitor in tennis.
And she cannot even explain why.
“Why do I love him? I don’t know, I just love him.” Evert said. “There is something about Roger which just tugs at the heartstrings. I don’t know what it is, I can’t say exactly, but he gets to me. Maybe it’s because one of my sons idolises Roger, and I can see similarities between the two. It’s almost as though Roger could be my son.Article Continues Below Ad
I’ve been in this game for more than 40 years, and there has never been a player who has made me as emotional as Roger has, not even close. … This may sound strange, but his losses affect me much more than my own defeats. … And I haven’t really spent that time with the guy. I hardly know him. I’m not a stalker, I promise you.”