Chris Evert: There’s Something About Roger Federer Which Tugs at the Heartstrings

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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.

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.”

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4 comments
RosMDopwell
RosMDopwell

Of This *AGE* of Gentlemen Players - Roger had my heart through and through. Someone close to me (who had a computer at his desk). would telephone me to say ... *"Did you see Roger hit that shot? Awesome! How did he do that? (Usually a one handed back-hand;. cross- court, (at a ridiculous angle). Then Marcos Baghadtis  stool my heart for a short while (But could never holds it with his inconsistency - similarly  to Gael Monfils  Then RAFA made a serious assault & I thought *"NADAL is my boy! Now ~~ I think I have settled on Novak  'D' Joker - Djokovic ~~I expect 'D' Joker to be KING in my heart  for *"a L O N G   time!"    
HOWEVER I still  like pretty much all  the others. I can not see why Loving Djokovic - of necessity means I must HATE  Roger or RAFA 

Sandie
Sandie

The first time I watched Roger play tennis was at the French Open 2005 and I was 18 at the time. Since then I have been one of his die hard fans. As Chris Evert said there is just something about him that makes people connect with him and love him. As many, I go through all sorts of emotions when he plays. Saddeness, happiness, excitement etc. I guess I would stop watching men's tennis when Roger retires. It wouldn't be the same without him.

Pat64
Pat64

Chris Evert are on exactly the same page when it comes to Roger Federer.  I became a fan early in his career when he had the pony tail - don't know why - there is just that connection.  Roger has done so much for tennis!

Mariah Logan
Mariah Logan

I feel exactly the same way as Chris Evert.. I am a fan of Roger Federer thru and thru...I cry when he loses and I have never prayed as hard when I wanted him to win and I wish he would stay much more longer.  I don't know why I love him this much...only reason I can think of is he looks like my beloved nephew and I see my nephew playing when he plays.  Another reason could be the way he handles himself both professional and personal.