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Serena Williams fans torch tennis legend Chris Evert for hating on her

Fans showed their disgust with Evert’s constant criticisms and backhanded compliments of Serena
Serena Williams fans torch tennis legend Chris Evert for hating on her
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Tennis legend Chris Evert took some incoming fire after delivering some pointed and questionable commentary on Serena Williams during her final tennis Grand Slam tournament at the U.S. Open in New York on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.

Hundreds of fans flooded Twitter and other social media outlets to decry Evert’s seemingly endless “hating” on the athletic juggernaut known mononymously as Serena. Many pleaded with ESPN to have someone other than Evert commentate on Williams’ second-round match on Wednesday, Aug. 31 after Williams defeated Danka Konivic 6-3, 6-3 on Monday.

A multitude of tennis fans, who consider Williams the greatest female player of all time, also found Evert’s recent interviews about Serena extremely problematic as well. Evert balked at the belief that Williams is the GOAT and also the most accomplished tennis player ever.

“There’s a different philosophy. It’s all about the Grand Slams. Is Serena the best tennis player until this point? Absolutely. But it’s complicated when you compare careers and wins and eras. I’m not sure she has the most accomplished career,” she said according to 

In another interview, published by Tennis World USA, Evert said that two other women deserve to be mentioned alongside Williams.

“It’s such a tough question. In her era she is the greatest of all time. Then there’s the most accomplished career – how many tournaments you won and how consistent you were and I always include Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova alongside Serena because in my era they were the greatest of all time,” Evert explained.

Couple those quotes with her backhanded comments about Serena on Monday, and the floodgates were blasted open on folks clapping back on Evert.

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