Chris Evert thinks living a quiet life is something that makes Elena Rybakina very happy. Rybakina, 23, became a Grand Slam champion after winning the most iconic tennis tournament in the world – Wimbledon. But Rybakina’s Wimbledon victory hasn’t led to the 23-year-old landing lucrative sponsorship deals and being on the front pages of magazines.
When Emma Raducanu became a Grand Slam champion at the 2021 Us Open, the Briton quickly became the face of some of the world’s biggest brands. Also, Raducanu is no stranger to photoshoots and magazine covers. Even though Rybakina is probably missing out on some chances to build a brand and earn extra money, Evert thinks the 23-year-old Kazakh has no regrets as long as she is living the life in the way that makes her happy.
Evert: Living a very quiet life makes Rybakina very happy
“I don’t think her personality was one that she took advantage of after winning Wimbledon to the extent that other players have in the past with appearances and magazine covers and endorsements and being on talk shows.
I think she lives a very quiet life and she is very happy that way. She doesn’t want to get out of her bubble. That’s her prerogative. With her personality, I think that she doesn’t demand attention, and that is why you don’t see her out there like you saw maybe Emma Raducanu or you saw other players after they have won majors,” Evert told Eurosport.
Meanwhile, Rybakina is off to a strong start to the 2023 season. After winning Wimbledon last year, Rybakina also finished as runner-up at this year’s Australian Open. At this past Indian Wells edition, Rybakina defeated Aryna Sabalenka in the final for her first WTA 1000 title.
Following her Indian Wells victory, Rybakina also rose to a career-high ranking of No 7 in the world. Rybakina’s career is trending in a very positive direction and many believe she is here to stay.