The second barrel came off her name eight years later when they divorced, following her affair with the singer Adam Faith.
A year later she married Andy Mill and left the tennis circuit soon after. After all those years of it all being about me, it was a great relief when I retired, had three children and it was all about them.
Chris’s private life has often eclipsed her on court achievements.
Now, in a rare interview, she admits she feels nothing but regret for the way she ended her 20-year marriage to Olympic skier Andy Mill to start a relationship in 2006 with his friend, legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman - better known as the Great White Shark.’I’ve had a three-part life and, for me, the best part by far was being married to Andy, having kids and being a family,’ Chris says.
Oh, the relief of having the ESPN commentary box to hide in with old friends and fellow ex-players Pam Shriver and Mary-Jo Fernandez.
Whether on screen, or talking to me now about the fashion for grunting — “I was never a grunter, I just breathed” — or the future of the American game after the Williams sisters — “we’ve got to bite our tongues and get better players” — chatting about tennis comes as light relief after the emotional roller-coaster of the last five years.
I felt more like Chrissie in my role as a mother.” For 20 years she has been a “stay at home mum”. Ten years ago she set up a tennis academy in Florida with one of her brothers (her father was a player turned coach; all five children were champions).
She now plays three or four times a week, coaching teenagers who may one day become the next Serena Williams.
Calm under pressure, at one stage the former world number one played 55 matches in a row without being beaten.“Commentating can be miserable if you don’t have a good team, but it’s a lot of fun if you do and I’m with people who were my friends anyway, so I don’t feel at all competitive,” she says sounding genuinely carefree.Aged 56, she looks terrific in jeans and a T-shirt, an idealised vision of the all-American middle-aged mother with three teenage sons whom she adores.It’s enough to have been back at Wimbledon, a place she loves.“They must never change the grass or the rules about wearing white.” And to find herself happy again.