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.”