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Saturday 25 February 2017

Former tennis star Chris Evert (61) blames menopause for her marriage breakdown: 'I was going through menopausal stuff that doesn't get talked about enough'

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Former professional tennis player Chris Evert
Former professional tennis player Chris Evert

Tennis star Chris Evert has said that menopause contributed to the downfall of her 18-year marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill after she was unfaithful.

The former World No. 1 and 18-time Grand Slam winner later went onto marry her ex-husband’s friend golf star Greg Norman but their marriage only fifteen months.

Andy Mills and Chris Evert pictured with their children in 2004, two years before their divorce.
Andy Mills and Chris Evert pictured with their children in 2004, two years before their divorce.

Speaking to The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong, the US Tennis (61) ace spoke of the disillusion of her marriage to Andy, the father of her three sons.

“We had a rough couple of years, because I married Greg Norman who was Andy's friend,” the 61-year-old said of her relationship with Mill,” she said.

“I don't know, I was going through menopausal stuff that doesn't get talked about enough - what women go through, you know, at 50ish.”

The respected athlete said she and her first husband have managed to form a friendship.

Tennis pro married her ex-husband's friend Greg Norman, but their marriage dissolved after 15 months.
Tennis pro married her ex-husband's friend Greg Norman, but their marriage dissolved after 15 months.

“Andy and I are still a family without living together. I think that’s the best way to put it,” she said.

Speaking to US Elle in 2011, Chris said she broke Andy’s heart and those of their three sons when the marriage ended.

“I broke a lot of hearts. I broke Andy’s heart and I broke my kids’ hearts and I brought that into my next marriage”.

Speaking to The Telegraph last year, the tennis ace said the game has changed hugely since she was World No.1

“It’s all so different,” she said.

“We started it, we started the tennis craze, and there wasn’t as much pressure and there wasn’t as much focus on us and we could have private lives. Nowadays players can’t have any privacy, with social media and everything.

Chris Evert pictured at age 16.
Chris Evert pictured at age 16.

"The women in my time were closer; we used to practise with each other and have dinner with each other that night. It’s just so different now. It’s big business.”

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