Quotation by Chris Evert

When I was in grade school and we had to write papers about what we wanted to be when we grew up, I wanted to be a social worker or a missionary or a teacher. Then I got involved with tennis, and everything was just me, me, me. I was totally selfish and thought about myself and nobody else, because if you let up for one minute, someone was going to come along and beat you. I really wouldn't let anyone or any slice of happiness enter.... I didn't like the characteristics that it took to become a champion.
Chris Evert (b. 1954), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in Sports Illustrated, p. 64 (May 25, 1992).

Evert said this after marrying for the second time, retiring from professional tennis, and having her first child.
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