The multimillionaire Australian golfer in turn left his wife of 25 years and a couple of years later Evert and Norman tied the knot at a £1.75 million ceremony in the Bahamas.
That could have been that but Evert’s new love match was all over within 15 months and Norman’s ex-wife, former flight attendant Laura Andrassy, concluded that two “huge egos” had found it impossible to live together. Now at last we have the answer: it was all down to the menopause.
Now, in a rare interview, she admits she feels nothing but regret for the way she ended her 20-year marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill to start a relationship in 2006 with his friend, legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman - better known as the Great White Shark.’I’ve had a three-part life and, for me, the best part by far was being married to Andy, having kids and being a family,’ Chris says.
These days she runs a tennis academy for kids in her native Florida and has launched a new range of sportswear for ‘tennis moms’, which she models herself.
Despite her sporting legacy, however, Chris now says all the trophies in the world will never compensate for losing the one thing that really mattered to her - married family life - which imploded in very public and spectacular fashion 10 years ago.
Chris’s private life has often eclipsed her on court achievements.
Evert reached 34 Grand Slam singles finals, more than any other player in the history of professional tennis.
Evert reached the semifinals or better, in singles, of 52 of the 56 Grand Slams she played, including the semifinals or better of 34 consecutive Grand Slams entered from the 1971 US Open through the 1983 French Open.