Chrissie Critical Context - Essay

Chris Evert

Critical Context

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

Evert Lloyd’s self-evaluation, life story, dreams, and philosophy of life bring to the young reader a look at a champion tennis player, the world of tennis, and the growth and maturity of a young athlete. She dispels the myth that all successful athletes are surrounded by wealth and a luxurious life. She emphasizes her simple background with a father who had only one car and tells of her first major purchase: a beautiful Russian lynx coat. This simple, straightforward account is valuable reading for any young adult, especially those who dream of being a sports champion.

Evert Lloyd was the golden girl of tennis for almost a decade during the 1970’s—according to the book, “virtually unbeatable in a time when the role of women in sports was rapidly changing.” She was always gracious, on and off the court. As she quotes her father in the final chapter, “Being There,” “You’ve got to take the bad with the good; you’ve won so much and if you lost three or four times a year, don’t be a bad sport about it, just be gracious.” She took her father’s advice and became known as the most gracious of champions.

Evert Lloyd states that she hopes her achievements “have reached beyond the tennis court.” She tells the young reader that “being gracious in defeat as well as victory and keeping success in perspective are important to a balanced life.” Every young reader can learn from Chrissie to try to the best of his or her ability but to remain happy.