Chris Evert had the love and passion for the sport to win 18 Grand Slam titles on the court. However, it took more than talent and fitness to become the best player in the world. And Evert bragged about the mental toughness she carried with her to stay patient and resilient on the pitch.

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She once said that some players didn’t have it and that’s where she excelled and got the win.

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Chris Evert on his mental toughness

The American tennis legend has reached world number one. 1 not only because of his talent. Her calm demeanor and focus on the pitch made her a tough opponent. Tennis is as much a game of mind as it is of physical strength and Evert has used his mental toughness to bring his opponent down.

In an old interview she said, “You know it if you have it. It was like Martina’s physical gifts. She boasted of her abilities and said: “There were players I could say, ‘You know what? You have more talent, but you can’t stay in all the points like I can'”

AMAGANSETT, NY – AUGUST 25: Tennis players Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova attend the 4th Annual JMTP Pro-Am in the Hamptons on August 25, 2018 in Amagansett, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

She knew what she wanted on the pitch and she got it while keeping an eye on it. Evert concluded by saying, “I was born with the ability to concentrate. Some high level players like to win. Some need to win.

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Evert was known as the “Ice Maiden” because she showed no emotion on the court. She remained calm in all situations. And she used that calm to bring her game together and put the movement of the game in her favor.

Evert and Martina Navratilova on the court

Her biggest rival on the pitch was Martina Navratilova. The two had a very different game. Evert used her solid base game and Navratilova didn’t hesitate to step up to the net. They both used their strengths to knock each other down and after a point their matchups became so famous that people flocked to stadiums to watch their matches. These two tennis legends brought sponsorships from the corporate world to women’s tennis as the popularity of the sport grew.

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Incidentally, Evert and Navratilova each have 18 Grand Slam titles, despite having faced each other 80 times.