Interview with I
By Chris Mann
Chris fierce intensity and calm brilliance made her a tennis legend.
I want to be classified as masculine, so I wore ruffled bloomers, tassels on my socks and ribbons in my hair.
The Ice Maiden
so glad first was
Jimmy We had a ball.
stay at Martina house and work out with her and think, putting in the same amount of time working out like her, and still not ripped like her! She definitely inspired
me to do cross-training, which was training off-court. Because of her I realized that in tennis you can practice all you want, but gotta go to the gym.
Tennis gave me goals and kept me busy when I was young. It
was good for my self-esteem and creativity.
When I was having fits on the court at a young age, my dad
pro Jimmy told me, show your emotions. If they see no emotion, be frustrated and you can use that to your
naturally. At 15, I was known in the press as Little Miss Ice Maiden, Little Miss Unemotional. From that point on, I kept a lot inside of me.
I became famous before I grew into the person I would become
My image probably shaped me more than it should have, because
I grew up in that bubble.
When I was 15 and I beat Margaret Court 7-6, 7-6 a semifinal in Charlotte, just won the Grand Slam and was the number-one player in the world that was like a fairy tale. I still feel chills when I think about that.
Back in the there many sports. A lot of the women before me were jocks. They were wonderful athletes. But
Born Dec. 21, 1954 in Fort Lauderdale, FL Turned pro in 1972 First player to claim 1,000 singles match victories Won 18 Grand Slam singles championships Her singles winning percentage of 0.900 is the best in pro tennis Won at least Grand Slam title for 13 years running Her 1974 record of 55 straight match victories remained until Navratilova broke it a decade later Earned the nickname for her expressionless intensity Had a two-year courtship with tennis champ Jimmy Connors Has teenage sons with former husband and Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill
We just filmed an ESPN
documentary about our rivalry. be out in late summer. Now we giggle about all the tense times.
My record of 90th percentile
of winning matches nobody else has that. My consistency factor is what most proud of. anything, you have to be selfish and self-absorbed. lucky I had my career before my kids.
I think to be number one at
My tennis academy is all
about coaching, but also about getting out and running around with the kids. It keeps me young, too, at 55.
Muscle Body June 2010
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SIMPLY MILK