Chris Evert joins ESPN

Updated: June 2, 2011, 12:37 PM ET
ESPN.com

Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert will join ESPN for its coverage of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, working as both a studio analyst and calling matches.

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Evert will debut June 20 at Wimbledon, ESPN announced Thursday.

"I am really excited about working again in tennis as an analyst," Evert said in a statement. "I've been away from TV for 10 years because my priority was raising my three boys, and now that they are older it is the right time to join the exceptional tennis team at ESPN. I have many friends there and enjoy watching their coverage, so I look forward to getting back behind the microphone."

Evert retired in 1989 with 157 singles titles, including two at the Australian Open, three at Wimbledon, a record six at the U.S. Open and seven at the French Open. She was a unanimous selection to the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

"Chris Evert is an iconic figure, and with more than 100 hours on our plate at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, fans will benefit from Chris' insights, experience and passion for the game," ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said in a statement. "ESPN is proud to welcome Chris to the most experienced and credible tennis team on television."