#HowToDad Jimmy Evert father of tennis great Chris…

#HowToDad: Jimmy Evert, father of tennis great Chris, passes away at 91

“Dad always said he started us in tennis to keep us off the streets,” Chris Evert said, chuckling Saturday afternoon. “He was a very private, humble person who was low-key and happy to stay in the background.”

While Chris Evert’s mother traveled the globe to keep tabs on her teenage phenom in the ’70s, Mr. Evert took on the role of Mr. Mom, cooking meals, driving the children to school and to Holiday Park where he would give lessons from sunrise to sundown for 49 years as the director of tennis for Fort Lauderdale.

His tennis-teaching talents produced some high-profile results. Not only did he coach a passel of champions to the highest levels of play, his name will remain for posterity on the tennis courts where he dedicated those 49 years to the city. He is also among 15 people named on Fort Lauderdale’s Walk of Fame.