Form and Content

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In Chrissie: My Own Story, Chris Evert Lloyd, with Neil Amdur as a collaborator, relates her own story of becoming a world champion in tennis. The book begins with an introduction by Amdur in which he gives general comments about Evert Lloyd and her family. He explains how he encouraged her to write her own story in order to show the real Chris Evert Lloyd and to dispel rumors. Chrissie was compiled by Amdur after many taping and editing sessions with her.

Evert Lloyd’s story begins with memories of her father acting as her own special coach, of her school days, and of the life-style of her family. She opens the book in chapter 1 by discussing with her husband, John Lloyd, the match with Tracy Austin in the U.S. Open. She ends the book with a summary of the previous eight years, with her philosophy of life, and with a statistical record entitled “Chris Evert Lloyd Career Highlights,” which was compiled by Steve Flink. This statistical record begins in 1971 with tournaments played and won, finals reached, her semifinals records, her U.S. rankings, her world rankings, and season highlights for every year through 1981. The listing also includes Evert Lloyd’s Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and French Open records by year, as well as her Federation Cup record, her Wightman Cup record, and an account of her 125-match clay court winning streak. The last statistic listed is her career head-to-head records with leading rivals through 1981.


(The entire section is 493 words.)