Over the years, tennis has seen a drastic change. From the time when players played the sport to become masters to players training today like Olympic athletes, it has come a long way. Talking about the same, former tennis professional, Chris Evert and the upcoming tennis sensation, Coco Gauff shed light on how the game has changed over the last few decades.
Citing the example of tennis legend Venus Williams, the two discussed the changed dynamics of the game and how it has brought intensity and drama to the sport. Not only this, Chris Evert also shed light on her routine while giving an insight if she is a gym person or someone who loves cardio.
Chris Evert and Coco Gauff dissect Venus Williams’ longevity in tennis
In a candid conversation that spans generations, tennis icon Chris Evert and rising star Coco Gauff look into the remarkable transformation of fitness standards in professional tennis. Evert, a former world No. 1, reflected on her own journey from a time when being a great player sufficed, to the present era where top pros sculpt themselves into Olympic-level athletes.
Evert acknowledges the shift that has elevated tennis players into the era of elite athleticism. Gone are the days when a week of competition was less grueling – Gauff and Evert concur on the intense depth of today’s game, where relentless three-set battles demand peak physical condition.
This surge in athleticism, Evert believes, is extending players’ careers, as exemplified by the enduring Venus Williams at the age of 43.
The conversation took a personal turn as Evert humorously disclosed her contemporary fitness regimen: the Peloton. Aligning with Gauff’s emphasis on cardio, Evert affirmed the holistic benefits that cardiovascular conditioning brings to both the physical and emotional facets of the game.
Talking about her routine, she asserted that she is not the kind of person who would go to the gym to lift weights. She suggested that she is a cardio person.“Now, if you want to know my fitness nowadays, I could tell you in about three seconds: Peloton. Go Peloton! I get the arms, the shoulders, the cardio. Like Coco, I’m a cardio person—I’m sluggish, and I can be a b**ch if I don’t have my cardio. It just enhances the mental/emotional part, obviously the physical, too,” said Evert in an interview with Vogue.
As the two generations of tennis brilliance converge, it becomes evident that the sport’s evolution is closely tied to the revolution in fitness. Evert’s and Gauff’s perspectives underscore a shared belief that once a rarity, tennis longevity is now attainable through dedication to training, fitness, and mental resilience.