Jeanne Evert Dubin, the younger sister of Chris Evert and a member of one of the sport’s most accomplished families, has died at the age of 62 in Florida after a lengthy illness.
My father doesn’t believe in doing things halfway. Neither does Chris. When I tell him that my goal is to be happy, it blows his mind; it’s too vague. Jeanne Evert Dubin
The news was posted on social media by several people in south Florida.
Three years younger than Chris, Jeanne was warm and witty, who also played successfully on the WTA Tour, reaching the round of 16 at the US Open on the grass in 1973, and the 3rd round 5 years later on hard courts during a pro career that played out from 1972-1978 in the shadow of her sister’s greatness.
Trained superbly by her father, longstanding instructor Jimmy Evert, who died in 2015, on the courts of Holiday Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Jeanne’s gritty baseline game helped her reach a career high ranking of No 42 in the world in 1975, and No 9 in the US the year before.
In a 1976 New York Times article, Evert addressed the contrast between her highly driven father and older sister.
“You see, my father doesn’t believe in doing things halfway,” she said. “Neither does Chris. When I tell him that my goal is to be happy, it blows his mind; it’s too vague.”
Fellow pro Terry Holladay said in the same article: “She’s just not like any other tennis player. She has so many friends. You just wouldn’t believe what an up person she is. I mean, I never saw anyone smile so much.”
“She has nothing to be jealous about, really,” Chris said in the 1974 book, A Long Way, Baby, “because she’s always been better in almost everything than I have. She’s so smart, she gets straight A’s without lifting a finger.”
At just 5-foot 1-inches tall, Jeanne may have been diminutive but she packed her own punch.
In 1979, a year after retiring from pro tennis, she married Canadian Brahm Dubin, an accountant who had also worked in the tennis business, whom she had met when he worked in promotion at the Rogers Cup in Montreal in 1978, during her final year on tour.
Dubin’s company, JCD Sports Group, operated a variety of tennis and golf facilities, including the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the site of a current ATP tournament, where he carried on as an active owner and also coached for many years as well as running the women’s league program there.
The couple had 2 children, Eric and Catherine, and later 4 grand children.
Dubin, a kidney transplant survivor, died of lung cancer in 2006 at the young age of 56.
In addition to those previously mentioned family members, Jeanne is survived by her mother, Colette, brothers Drew and John; and sister Clare.