“In his book, Jimmy Connors has written about a time in our relationship that was very personal and emotionally painful,” Evert said in a statement released to a news agency.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion added: “I am extremely disappointed that he used the book to misrepresent a private matter that took place 40 years ago and made it public without my knowledge. I hope that everyone can understand that I have no further comment.”
In his book Connor wrote: “An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion. And a decision had to be made as a couple. Chrissie called to say she was taking care of the ‘issue’.
“I was happy to let nature take its course. It was a horrible feeling, but I knew it was over. Getting married wasn’t going to be good for us.”
He also claimed Evert, then 19, made the decision to protect her tennis career. “Chrissie made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future. She asked me to handle the details.”
Connors wrote he responded with: “Well thanks for letting me know. Since I don’t have a say in the matter, then I guess I am just here to help.” The pair, set to marry in November 1974, called off their engagement in September that year.