“I was embarrassed” – Chris Evert recalls the time she lied about her father’s profession on the Skipper Chuck Show

As a kid, Chris Evert as soon as lied about her father’s profession, calling him a painter somewhat than admitting that he was a tennis trainer.

In an episode of the Design Matters with Debbie Millman podcast, Evert recalled being in the reside target audience of the Skipper Chuck Show, a well-liked kids’s TV display that aired from 1958 to 1982, when she was requested about her father and his profession.

Jimmy Evert was a qualified tennis participant who later changed into a trainer, instructing the recreation to all 5 of his kids at a tennis middle in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has additionally coached the likes of Brian Gottfried, Harold Solomon, and Jennifer Capriati right through his profession.

Evert, then 5 years previous, was embarrassed to confess that her father was a tennis trainer as all the different youngsters’ fathers have been both medical doctors or legal professionals.

“I did lie. And at that time, my father was a teaching tennis pro and I was embarrassed because all these other kids were saying my dad’s a doctor, my dad’s, a lawyer, you know. So I was embarrassed,” Chris Evert defined.

Instead, the former World No. 1 lied and mentioned that her father was a painter, declaring that she nonetheless has no thought why she picked that individual profession.

“Okay. Just just put it out there. So I said, he’s a painter. Where did that come from? And I don’t even know if I meant. Did he paint houses, or did he was in artists or what? You got me? You got me. I was thrown off,” she mentioned.

“I didn’t want to say he was a tennis pro or instructor because there were very few of them in those days and I wanted to be more mainstream. So I said he was a painter. I hope that I hope you’re not saying this at me. Set me up for the rest of my life,” she added.

Back in the day50 years in the past. Chris Evert & Jimmy Evert, her father & trainer📸Lynn Pelham

Her father, who was in the target audience together with her, may best giggle at his daughter’s lie.

“He just laughed. I just was very shy at that time and I didn’t like attention and I just didn’t want to be controversial and and different than anybody else. So I just went mainstream with the painter,” Chris Evert mentioned.


“I don’t think he had any choice, he had to earn living” – Chris Evert on why her father took to tennis

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova pose for a photo at the 2018 WTA Finals in Singapore.Grand Slam champion said that her father took to the recreation of tennis because it presented him a strategy to earn cash and continue to exist in the global.

“I don’t think he had any choice because he played number one for Notre Dame and he also played on the men’s tour. Professional tour and well it was amateur tour in those days but he actually won the Canadian Open. He won the national indoors. He was really starting to make a name for himself,” Chris Evert mentioned.

“He went into the Navy for two years and when he came back he realized that he had to get a job and he had to make money and he had to earn living. You know, it was it was time to be seriously. Get a serious job,” she added.

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