Tennis instructor Jimmy Evert, father of Chris, dies at 91

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Evert, a highly regarded tennis instructor whose students included his Grand Slam champion daughter, has died at age 91.

Evert was the city of Fort Lauderdale’s tennis director for 49 years and taught a wide range of top junior players. All five of his children reached at least the final of a national junior championship, and daughter Chris became one of the greatest players ever, winning 18 major titles and finishing No. 1 for seven years.

Evert also worked with Jennifer Capriati, who went on to the No. 1 ranking, and Frank Froehling, Brian Gottfried and Harold Solomon, who became top players.

Evert, who died Friday, was an All-American player at Notre Dame in the 1940’s and reached No. 11 in the U.S. rankings.